Top Prospect Report – AL East

January 28, 2008 at 9:58 am 9 comments


Here is where I begin the annual prospect report. *All readers rejoice* Below, you will see the top 20 prospects for each team with the organizations ranking in parenthesis by their name. I will start with the AL East since they have 3 of the top 5 farm systems in all of baseball and they are the best division when it comes to farm systems overall.

The Rays obviously have the best farm system in all of baseball. Why shouldn’t they? They have a top 10 pick every year. There are some that could be switched. Price, Davis, and possibly McGee could all be filp flopped. The one that could be as high as #2 is Desmond Jennings. Watch out for this kid. He is the right handed version of Carl Crawford-lite.


Clay Buchholz is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball. The kid is going to be great. Lars Anderson is the reason the Red Sox haven’t given Kevin Youkilis an extension. This system is also deep with arms.


The Yankees GM Brian Cashman has done a tremendous job re-building this farm system. We all know who Joba Chamberlain is. All of us probably know who Ian Kennedy is too. Watch out for the outfield prospects Jose Tabata and Austin Jackson. Both very toolsy and a couple years off but have star potential.


The Orioles have a farm system that is overlooked. They made huge strides by drafting the best catching prospect in the game, Matt Wieters, and a very good young pitcher in Jake Arrietta, both over slot. I am also a little higher on Nolan Reimold than most but I think he is a 25 homer bat that will hit for decent average with good patience. Bill Rowell is a potential power bat but might end up at 1B when it’s all said and done. This is a very improved system that might even need to be ranked a little higher.


This is a system that needs to start going over slot and taking the best players in the draft. J.P. Ricciardi and company have always had a thing for college players and they need to get away from that and go with high risk/high reward high school players like they did with uber prospect Travis Snider. He is the reason this system isn’t in the bottom 5. He is a potential #3 hitter that will play a very good RF.

Hope you enjoyed the first installment of the Prospect Report. Stay tuned for the next installment: the AL Central.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Denver Browns Baseball  |  January 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I love the D-Rays farm system. They keep pumping out good young players and soon they are going to be a contender in the AL East..Now as for the O’s, they have no hope in the near future..I grew up in Baltimore when they were it’s flat out embarassing..Good thing I live in Denver and have the Rox to cheer I never thought I would say that…Go Denver Browns

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 28, 2008 at 11:54 am

    The Rays are going to be on the up very soon. Most of their top prospects are just a year away. The O’s are in the works to trade Bedard for some good young players in Seattle and their farm system may crack the top 10 if that happens but they are a ways off.

  • 3. 19  |  January 28, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I like the report a lot! Looking forward to the rest of them. I noticed Humberto Sanchez is missing from the Yankees list. Is he not expected back this year? Has his stock fallen that far? He was a top prospect this time last year.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks a lot! Sanchez was taken off of my list because of his injury. I want to see him come back from it first. If he was like 21 or 22 he still would’ve cracked my top 15 but he turns 25 this season.

  • 5. Danno  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Great job! Keep an eye on Ricky Romero of Toronto 🙂

  • 6. Charlie Nehl  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    It’s just sad how much the Orioles system has tanked over the past years. They’ve traded too much away, and now are left with squat.

    I bet the No 1’s from the Rays, Sox, Yankees all are opening day Rosters. We’ll Bucholz might not, but that all depend on how the rest of the trades in the offseason go. Ellsbury will be the opening day CF for the BoSox too, also pending trades.

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I’m sure Buchholz will open the season in the rotation. I also think the O’s farm system has gotten better over the past 5 or so years.

  • 8. MikeMcGinnis  |  January 31, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    i kind of thought clayton kershaw (LA Dodgers) was the top pitching prospect in baseball….i’m guessing no?

  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 1, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Some would say he is but I have to go with Buchholz. Buchholz has the stuff, command, and the upper level experience to prove his worth. Kershaw is definitely up there but he’s not my #1. You’ll see where he is when I drop my Top Prospect List. He is in the top 10 overall though.


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