Top Prospect Report – AL Central

January 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm 6 comments


We change from the best division for farm systems to the worst division for farm systems. This is a division that was among the better ones a year or two ago but a lot of their players have graduated to the majors or have been traded away. Here is the AL Central Top Prospect Report.


Some people may be scared by Adam Miller’s injuries but I am not. I still think he will be a #1 or #2 starter very soon. The system is short on big power with the exception of Mills but makes up for it with a lot of arms that will contribute in the rotation (Miller, Lofgren) and ones that will be very good in the pen (J. Lewis, S. Lewis).


This organization has always been known for it’s farm sytem but they have drawn a little empty with hitters since Mauer was called up. They still have arms though. Robertson, Blackburn, and Swarzak all project to be big league pitchers. The guy I like as a sleeper and is very underrated by most in my humble opinion is Jay Rainville. I like his arm and his control a lot. The Twins need hitters badly to keep this sytem afloat.


The Royals would be a contender for the top 5 but guys like Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, and Joakim Soria are all in the bigs. They drafted potentially the best bat in Moustakas last year. One guy I really like that a lot of scouts would disagree with my ranking of him is middle infielder Jeff Bianchi. I like his game and his approace. He is a very good 2B but can handle SS and has a very good eye and a good stroke but injuries have hurt him.


Another team that has taken a huge hit. They traded their best prospects and/or have promoted them. The only guy that keeps this team out of the very bottom is Rick Porcello and he hasn’t pitched in pro ball yet. Danny Worth is a SS I like but is more of a low risk/low reward guy. When you look at him you get what you see. The rest of the organization with the exception of Scott Sizemore are all C+ or lower prospects.


The White Sox are in bad shape. Kenny Williams has signed a bunch of aging guys and traded his best prospects. The White Sox have some bright spots though. Poreda is a flame throwing lefty that can hit triple digits. The system has a few arms that are worth a shot and a few bats and there may be a few sleepers in the group but there isn’t much to write home about here.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Danno  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Kenny Williams must have gone to the Omar Minaya school of General Managing: Trading Prospects 101.
    I didn’t see Glen Perkins mentioned with the Twins. Gotta love his arm.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I thought he was over the limit of innings pitched but you’re right, he only has about 40. I will update that in a second.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Nevermind, his service time is over the limit for him to be a prospect, that’s why I left him off.

  • 4. Charlie Nehl  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I think that Miller will be one of those guys who will slowly work their way up from 4th or 5th in the rotation to the top in 2-3 years or so. He just need some on the job training, much like many major leaguers.

    Just what the White Sox need, another guy who can pitch 100+, so that makes like what 3/4th other pen? haha.

  • 5. MikeMcGinnis  |  January 31, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    i can’t wait to see adam miller!

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 1, 2008 at 9:09 am

    As long as his arm is in good shape he should be a legit #1-2


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