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Bmr31
08-16-2001, 04:44 PM
you seem to be very knowledgable with our minor league system. Share some of your knowledge. Please name your top 10 prospects, in the sox system and why...

Randar68
08-16-2001, 05:59 PM
you seem to be very knowledgable with our minor league system. Share some of your knowledge. Please name your top 10 prospects, in the sox system and why...

Well, I'll give it a shot, but I will leave off anyone on the current Sox (Wright, Garland,

1) Jon Rauch, RHP. Despite missing the year with shoulder surgery, he should be 100% by spring training. He still will have the 95 mph fastball at times. After seeing the performances of fellow Olympians Ben Sheets and Roy Oswalt, I think it's fair to say, if healthy, Rauch would be in the rotation today. True #1 starter material.

2) Joe Borchard, CF. Whether his eventual calling is in CF or not, he has tremendous power and would likely be near 30 HR's if playing in a more average size stadium. Will be given every chance to be the everyday CF'er next year in spring training. May struggle a bit at first, but his work ethic and strong will to improve should help him adjust quickly. Much is made about his strikeouts, and despite a high pace, his OBP has been consistently around .380+ all season. A .380 OBP, .290 avg, and 25-35 HR's, and 100 RBI's would be an amazing season no matter how many times he strikes out.

3) Joe Crede, 3B. Gold Glove defense at the hot corner. He should be able to step in and hit .270-15-75 next year at the major league level. In time, has the potential to add more muscle and strength to a good frame and possibly turn into a 30+ HR threat.

4) Corwin Malone, LHP. After playing most of the season at low-A Kannapolis, Malone was called the hands-down best pitcher in the Carolina league by the Winston-Salem coach, AFTER 1 START!!! Since then, he has feasted on Carolina League hitters to the tune of 1.72 ERA, 38-10 SO-BB's, .955 WHIP, .192 opp avg, in 36.2 IP.

5) Tim Hummel, 2B. Hummel is a pure contact hitter with gap power. He will hit the ocassional HR, and at 6'2" 200, he has size not typical for a 2B. His defense will not amaze you, but he has a strong arm. He has nearly a 1:1 K:BB ratio at 54:50. Would be your prototypical #2 hitter: Solid contact hitter with ocassional HR power and high OBP.

6) Dennis Ulacia, LHP. Ulacia had a ton of success at Kannapolis. He is a solid all-around pitcher, who is out of the Mark Buehrle mold. He throws 4 pitches for strikes and just knows how to get guys out. He has not been quite as successful at W-S, but he got the win in an emergency CG start in AAA earlier this season. His strong suit has been low walk totals, but since his promotion to high-A, he has 'struggled' a bit, walking 26 and hitting 5 batters in 57 IP. Has outstanding composure, again, comparing favorably to Buehrle.

7) Kris Honel, RHP. We all know the history of HS RHP in the first round. However, Honel has shown the ability to get out professional hitters and has already moved from Rookie level Arizona to the Rookie level Appalacian League, where he is playing with many 2nd and 3rd year and college drafted player. Last night, he went pitch for pitch with Rick Ankiel and struck out 12. He had the best offspeed pitch in the draft, throwing a nasty knuckle-curve, and counters with a fastball that will only get better as he fills out his 6'5" 180 pound frame. As a senior, his fastball topped 95 mph at times, and was consistent in the 92-94 mph range, which is outstanding for a HS pitcher with such advanced control and breaking pitch. Still needs to develop a consistent change, slider, or splitter, but has plenty of time.

8) Miguel Olivo, C. See other thread for a list of my assessments. Has the skills to be a 20 HR everyday catcher with all-star defensive abilities.

9) Casey Rogowski, 1B. IMO, he is the best defensive 1B in all of the minor leagues. Quick and agile, he gets to everything and nothing gets by him. He hit .330 for the first half of the season and has slumped off a bit. He is perhaps the most patient hitter in the Sox minor leagues, sporting an OBP that hovered at .400 for most of the season. He also has undeveloped yet unlimited power potential. He's 6'3" 230, and runs extremely well, like a Carlos Lee, deceptively quick on the bases. He has 60 BB, 86 K's, 17 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR's, 65 RBI's, 65 R's, and .292 avg, .390 OBP, .453 slg%, despite his recent slumps. Is a little shorter, but his approach and raw hitting abilities to all fields reminds me of a young Frank Thomas.


Un-ranked tier, grouped together because of incomplete, due to position or other:

Mario Valenzuela, OF. Purely a corner OF'er, he has nowhere to play in the majors, as he is blocked by Maggs, Lee, and Rowand. Good pure hitter, average-at-best defensively. Almost never takes a walk and might swing if they were trying to IBB him.

Edwin Almonte, RHP. Excellent closer in AA, will that project to the majors??? Most major league closers have been starters at the beginning of their MLB careers, but the Sox seem to be attempting to develop their closers from the minor leagues. He has a AA Southern League record 30 saves already with a 1.39 ERA. 56 K's, 15 BB's(3 IBB) in 58.1 IP in 47 games. 1.08 WHIP.

Delvis Lantigua, RHP. Lantigua is a finesse rightie, and has a 1.93 ERA so far in Birmangham in 4 starts, where he has collected 2 CG's and 1 CHO, already. He doesn't strike many guys out, but rarely walks anybody. He averages barely 3 BB's per 9 IP.

Josh Fogg, RHP. Has struggled at AAA in a middle relief roll, and that is likely where his future is if he makes the majors.

Andy Gonzalez, SS. 5-tool shortstop, tearing it up in Rookie Arizona. Straight out of HS, he's 19 years old, 6'3" 190 out of Florida HS and Puerto Rico. His K:BB ratio is terrible, but has been improving. So far, he has been inconsistent in the field, but has great range and a strong arm, so he should improve as he matures. Has 5 of the team's 7 HR's, and is in the top 5 in the league in extra base hits, SLG %, HR's, and doubles and is 8th in the league at a .326 avg.

Wyatt Allen - Great stuff, but must keep the walks down. Has done well so far, but we may not even be seeing the real Wyatt Allen. He was overused in college and routinely threw 130+ pitches and jumped right into pro ball without much of a break. 94 mph fastball and a great slider. Could be top 10, right on the edge.

Tim Bittner, RHP and Jim Bullard, LHP. Both pitched in college and were mid-round picks this year. Neither has the stuff to be a top of the rotation pitcher, and some of their success might be due to their advanced experience compared to the competition.

Jason Stumm, RHP. Just coming back from Tommy John surgery, and has a lot to prove once he returns next year.

Mitch Wylie, RHP. Future reliever that has benefitted from good RS in posting a 14-4 4.11 mark in AA. 108 K's to 48 BB's is a pretty decent ratio

Matt Guerrier, RHP. Converted reliever has pitched well all season and might warrant top 10 status due to his advanced stage, as he is now in AAA. He is 4-1 3.76 and has only 13 BB's and 30 K's in 52.2 AAA IP.

Andy Salvo, 2B. Collegiate player hitting .321 in Rookie-level against less experienced competition, unlikely to ever see the majors, but has performed well thus far.

Nik Lubisich, LHP. Has been surprisingly dominant in Bristol posting a 5-1 2.82 mark with only 11 BB's in 54.1 IP. Again, advanced for his level coming from college.

Ryan Wing, LHP. Raw and incomplete. Great potential but has only pitched for 1 year.




Hope I didn't leave anyone out, sorry it's so long.......

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 07:28 PM
Excellent work. Thank you. Its safe to say you know way more about the minor leaguers than most of us. Thanks again.