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Old 12-15-2004, 05:59 PM
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Default Sportsblurb.com Top 10 Prospects....

Can't say I really agree with the list or their assessments, but it's still an interesting read:

1. Brian Anderson, OF: The White Sox top pick in the 2003 draft, Anderson looks like a solid yet unspectacular prospect. He hit over .300 in High-A last season before hitting .270 in Double-A. He is a contact hitter that does not draw a great deal of walks, but 12 homers and 13 steals show that he is a well rounded athlete. With the trade of JeremyReed, he is the best option in Chicago if JoeBorcharddoes not hit.
ETA: 2006

2. Kris Honel, SP: Honel was a top pitching prospect coming into last season, but he hurt his elbow and had a much abbreviated season. The White Sox are worried that their supposed future ace could no longer be a prospect, as his velocity is way down following the injury. This is one of the reasons teams such as the A's draft college pitchers instead of high schoolers.
ETA: 2005

3. Brandon McCarthy, SP: McCarthy has intimidating stature and has improved as the year has progressed. The 6-7 right-hander had an ERA below 4.00 in three levels this season including Double-A at the age of 21. He has pinpoint control and very good strikeout rates due to a solid repertoire that includes a low-90s fastball. As a 17th round pick, the White Sox may have found a diamond in the rough.
ETA: 2006

4. Chris Young, OF: Many are yet to hear about him, but this former 16th round pick has solidified himself as one of the top outfield prospects in the game. He just turned 21 in September and had an incredible year in the Sally League hitting .263-24-56 with 31 steals in 40 attempts. Strikeouts are the only big concern right now with 145 K's in 465 at-bats at such a low level, but he still draws plenty of walks. Young has the ability to be Torii Hunter offensively if he is able to progress his contact rate.
ETA: 2007

5. Ryan Sweeney, OF: The White Sox second round pick in the 2003 draft had a solid first full pro season. He hit .283-7-64 with eight steals and decent plate discipline numbers in Low-A. The lefty is another good contact hitter that has potential to start in the majors, but he is not there yet.
ETA: 2007

6. Josh Fields, 3B: The White Sox 2004 first round pick was immediately called up to Single-A, but the Oklahoma St. alum played well. The college middle infielder was shifted third base and hit .285-7-35 in less than 300 at-bats, but his 18/74 BB/K ratio was atrocious. He must take better control of his strike zone as he moves up.
ETA: 2006

7. Ray Liotta, SP: The White Sox are very excited about their second round pick of the recent draft following his excellent debut. The lefty had a 2.54 ERA in Rookie Level with more than a strikeout per inning. Control is already a concern with 28 walks in 63.2 innings pitched, but the lefty already is considered to have major league stuff. Look for the 21-year-old out of Tulane to move up quickly.
ETA: 2006

8. Arnie Munoz, SP: Munoz was converted to starting from relief last season with mixed results. While he dominated in Double-A with an ERA near 3.00, he had more trouble throwing strikes in Triple-A and the majors. Munoz's curveball is often compared to that of BarryZito, but it is arguably his only plus pitch. It is unclear whether the White Sox plan on using him as a reliever in the majors, but another effective pitch might be needed for him to be effective.
ETA: 2005

9. Mike Spidale, OF: The White Sox could very well have a major league leadoff hitter in Spidale. The 22-year-old hit .304-7-47 with 26 steals and a 61/72 BB/K ratio in 484 at-bats. The fact that he was caught stealing 15 times is a concern, but his increased batting average and improved plate discipline is encouraging.
ETA: 2005

10. Andy Gonzalez, 3B/SS: The White Sox were happy to see Gonzalez's power develop last season, but he has a long way to go before reaching the majors. His plate discipline continues to impress, but he struggles to hit the ball on the button on a consistent basis and he did not show much confidence in his base stealing abilities last season. The biggest concern continues to be his low batting average, as he hit just .170 in 112 at-bats upon his call-up to Double-A last season and has not batted .300 since the year of his pro debut. The 22-year-old's 12 home runs and great contact ability leaves room for optimism, but he is quickly escaping the prospect map.
ETA: 2006
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Old 12-16-2004, 09:44 AM
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Excellent post. Nice info. Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2004, 11:48 AM
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That article runs pretty hot and cold. Some of the info is accurate, but other comments left me thinking ***?

For example, they're correct that Honel barely pitched last season, and that there's reason to believe he's no longer a top prospect . . . but then they go on the rate him #2 in the system (ahead of McCarthy) and give an ETA of 2005 (compared to Anderson's ETA of 2006). Young ahead of Sweeney and Fields? Spidale and Gonzalez at #9 and #10?
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:11 PM
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That article runs pretty hot and cold. Some of the info is accurate, but other comments left me thinking ***?

For example, they're correct that Honel barely pitched last season, and that there's reason to believe he's no longer a top prospect . . . but then they go on the rate him #2 in the system (ahead of McCarthy) and give an ETA of 2005 (compared to Anderson's ETA of 2006). Young ahead of Sweeney and Fields? Spidale and Gonzalez at #9 and #10?
Why would anyone put credence in a list from "Sportsblurb.com"? *****. Like anyone there has seen these guys play. They must read a bunch of BA reports and then just shuffle it around.

Rex, Daver, Maurice, onda, rdivaldi, any of the guys from FutureSox... Any of those guys could put together a better, more-detailed list together with one hand behind their backs after a sever stroke than that POS... Gonzalez before Lopez or Valido? BS...

Not sure why people with no freakin' clue think they have any kind of idea *** they're talking about to the extent they can put together a top 10 list of prospects...

Absolutely asinine.
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:40 PM
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Why would anyone put credence in a list from "Sportsblurb.com"? *****. Like anyone there has seen these guys play. They must read a bunch of BA reports and then just shuffle it around.

Rex, Daver, Maurice, onda, rdivaldi, any of the guys from FutureSox... Any of those guys could put together a better, more-detailed list together with one hand behind their backs after a sever stroke than that POS... Gonzalez before Lopez or Valido? BS...

Not sure why people with no freakin' clue think they have any kind of idea *** they're talking about to the extent they can put together a top 10 list of prospects...

Absolutely asinine.
I think more or less it's just a bunch of Beane sycophants who think that they can just look at the numbers and make a list from that. I don't think the guy who put this list together ever took into consideration age, previous experience, or ever saw many of these guys play.

It's a pretty crappy article...
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Old 12-16-2004, 03:26 PM
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Where's My Dawg GIO? Maybe #11?
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:11 PM
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Where's My Dawg GIO? Maybe #11?
You're assuming that this guy has even heard of him.....
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:56 PM
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Why would anyone put credence in a list from "Sportsblurb.com"? *****. Like anyone there has seen these guys play. They must read a bunch of BA reports and then just shuffle it around.

Rex, Daver, Maurice, onda, rdivaldi, any of the guys from FutureSox... Any of those guys could put together a better, more-detailed list together with one hand behind their backs after a sever stroke than that POS... Gonzalez before Lopez or Valido? BS...

Not sure why people with no freakin' clue think they have any kind of idea *** they're talking about to the extent they can put together a top 10 list of prospects...

Absolutely asinine.
You need a couple of these Randar...

LOL. I'm fairly new to WSI, so I gotta ask this question. What do you, Rex, Daver, etc. do, and how do you know so much about the Sox minor leagues? In the short time I've been associated with WSI you guys have proved to be very knowledgeable on this and other subjects.

Just curious...
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Old 12-16-2004, 09:55 PM
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You need a couple of these Randar...

LOL. I'm fairly new to WSI, so I gotta ask this question. What do you, Rex, Daver, etc. do, and how do you know so much about the Sox minor leagues? In the short time I've been associated with WSI you guys have proved to be very knowledgeable on this and other subjects.

Just curious...
There are a group of people here who have enough contacts, live in the right areas, get tapes and such or comments from people they know in the organization (MLB or minors) or travel around and actually watch these kids when they get a chance. Of that group of people, some of them have reliable and consistently accurate information and scouting reports and scouting abiliity to the point of providing the type of information you talk about.

Jason and the guys over at FutureSox as well as what you see here is the best there is when it comes to fan scouting and info for a sinigle team anywhere in the world, IMO...
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Old 12-17-2004, 06:07 AM
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Got to agree with Randar, Rex is in Birmingham and sees first hand.

Future Sox is flat out awesome.

The Sox draft is the best thing covered in WSI.
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Old 12-17-2004, 08:36 AM
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There are a group of people here who have enough contacts, live in the right areas, get tapes and such or comments from people they know in the organization (MLB or minors) or travel around and actually watch these kids when they get a chance. Of that group of people, some of them have reliable and consistently accurate information and scouting reports and scouting abiliity to the point of providing the type of information you talk about.

Jason and the guys over at FutureSox as well as what you see here is the best there is when it comes to fan scouting and info for a sinigle team anywhere in the world, IMO...
I concur. I read alot of baseball publications, but nothing beats the opinons of real fans. The guys who are are on site and share their thoughts are golden. WSI has a nice mix of folks who have good knowledge of the minor leagues, whether it be first hand knowledge, info from a contact or tidbits they've read somewhere.
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