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Texas Rangers Top 20 Prospects for 2008

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All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change.

  1. Taylor Teagarden, C, Grade B+ (would be a Grade A- if not for injury history)
  2. Eric Hurley, RHP, Grade B+
  3. Elvis Andrus, SS, Grade B+
  4. Chris Davis, 3B, Grade B+
  5. Matt Harrison, LHP, Grade B+
  6. Michael Main, RHP, Grade B
  7. John Mayberry Jr, OF, Grade B
  8. Kasey Kiker, LHP, Grade B
  9. Max Ramirez, C, Grade B
  10. German Duran, 2B, Grade B
  11. Omar Poveda, RHP, Grade B
  12. Neftali Feliz, RHP, Grade B-
  13. Blake Beavan, RHP, Grade B-
  14. Brandon Boggs, OF, Grade C+
  15. Johnny Whittleman, 3B, Grade C+
  16. Julio Borbon, OF, Grade C+
  17. Tommy Hunter, RHP, Grade C+
  18. Armando Galarraga, RHP, Grade C+
  19. Neil Ramirez, RHP, Grade C+
  20. Brennan Garr, RHP, Grade C+
There are 19 more players in the book including three more Grade C+. Note that a lot of these ratings are interchangeable at this point, and all are preliminary.

This is a loaded system.
UPDATE: Everyone is all up in arms about Engel Beltre and John Mayberry Jr. Grade B is an aggressive grade for Mayberry, I admit that. But he did hit 30 homers and steal 16 bases in 18 attempts this year. Perhaps Grade B is too high and I will consider it more.
But I do NOT understand all the love for Beltre. He's got tools out the wazoo, sure, but he also could barely clear .200 in the Gulf Coast League, and has major problems making contact. He has 75 strikeouts in 65 career games. He's a prospect, sure, but he is a LONG way away, and in my system that makes him a C+ type until the numbers start living up to the hype.