Top Prospect Report – AL West

January 30, 2008 at 8:49 am 6 comments

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The AL West is a division that has two playoff contenders and two playoff pretenders. But it also boasts the 3rd, 6th, and 9th best systems in the game. The two pretenders (OAK, TEX) both have the system that could make them contenders in 2-3 years and the Angels also have a sytem that will keep them right at the top for those same years. The Mariners are the one team that is struggling to stay afloat, both at the major league level and the minor league level.

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The Rangers have completely rebuilt their farm system. They went from one of the worst farm systems to one of the best in one year. The development of Chris Davis, German Duran, and Taylor Teagarden boosted the sytem but it was the 2007 draft that had the biggest affect on the system and the trades made last year. They got Michael Main, Balke Beavan, Julio Borbon, and Neil Ramirez in the draft and they acquired Elvis Andrus, Engel Beltre, Max Ramirez, and Matt Harrison via trades. GM Jon Daniels has done a great job of acquiring cheap, young talent and this team is poised for a good future.

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The A’s are another team that has built it’s farm system via trade over the last, well, few months. They added thier #1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, and 13th best prospects in trades. They drafted their #6, 11, and 15th best prospects last year. The A’s may not have that “A+” prospect, which leaves them out of my top 5, but they have one of the deepest systems is the game. They also have the on-base machine Daric Barton who is ready for the bigs. This is a team that has one of the best GMs in all of baseball in Billy Beane and they should be contending by the time they get a new ballpark (if it is still going to happen).

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Here is a team that is annually in the top 10 list. They still have power hitting Brandon Wood at the top of the list. The Angels have a surplus of right handed pitching starting with potential top of the rotation guys like Adenhart and Walden. The team also seems to develop catchers extremely well and Hank Conger may be the best of the bunch.

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The Mariners are in weird situation. They have a team that is close to contending at the big league level but they are not quite there yet. They are talking about trading their best yong players for Erik Bedard. Their farm system has already taken a hit with bad drafts and poor development. Brandon Morrow should still be in the minors working on secondary stuff and Adam Jones should be a big part of their future. But the M’s have one of the worst (in my opinion) GMs in all of baseball in Bavasi and he seems to pull the “right” moves to keep his job. This farm system needs a face lift because their best prospect is only 17 and their next best prospect isn’t a sure thing. Not to mention that their best pitching prospect (Tillman) is probably going to the O’s in the Bedard trade.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eddie  |  January 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    i love it
    but why is terry evans so long?

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    He’s 26 and a 4th or 5th OFer in my eyes.

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

    question is can any of these ranger hurlers survive in arlington?

    i really want to see jeff clement and the young phenoms brandon wood and nick adenhart. has hank gonger’s bat gotten better that seemed to be the wrap on him last season if i do recall correctly.

    when in the world are we ever going to see daric barton play full time? i feel like i have been hearing about him for years now!

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I think the Rangers’ prospects can survive in Arlington. The only one I worry about is Kiker but the others (Main, Hurley, and Beaven) shouldn’t have a problem, they will miss enough bats.

    Conger’s bat made huge strides last season, remember he’s only 20. He is a supreme athlete, a Russ Martin type if all goes well.

    Daric Barton will be the full-time 1B/DH this season and I expect a good average, high on-base percentage, and moderate pwoer (12-15 homers with 35 doubles) for 2008.

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  • 5. Eddie  |  February 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    well who knows time will tell
    i would love to see conger in the majors, when it is time though, i remember when they signed him

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 4, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Conger is at least 2 years away, probably 3. But the Angels already have Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis, both young catchers with promise. That is a good problem to have.

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