Top Prospect Report – NL East

February 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm 2 comments

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We begin the National League now with the NL East. A division that has been a very competitive one for years thanks to each team’s ability to grow talent from within. This division though has a few organizations in the 10-15 range and a few near the bottom but fear not, this is still one of the most competitive divisions in the game.

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The Braves have a great mixture of young talent already at the major league level and a great mix of talent in the minors. They have guys with huge upsides (Heyward, Schafer, Rohrbough, and Hanson) and guys that look to be good quality players. They have a good prospect at almost every position too. This is a team that has contended for over 15 straight seasons and they do it by making smart trades and from using homegrown talent.

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The Nats had one of the best drafts last year in my opinion. They took some high risk/high reward guys in Burgess and McGeary and some high reward/moderate risk guys in Detwiler and J. Zimmerman. If they can keep their young nucleus together and out of trouble (Dukes and Milledge) and build from within they should have no problem winning games and that will allow them to open up what could be a huge checkbook.

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The Marlins really need a better farm system. They seem to trade away all their talent when they get to their second year of arbitration and that makes you think they would have a better farm system than they already have. Is their farm system good? Of course, but not good enough for the way they do business. They have, as usual, a plethora of arms that like radar guns. They need this talent to develop fast before they have to trade Hanley Ramirez away.

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The Phillies have grown guys like Utley, Howard, Rollins, Burrell, and Hamels from their own farm system. What’s left of it is a system that has some good prospects at the top but it’s not a very deep system. The guys at the top are very toolsy (Drabek, Savery, Golson) but have had injuries or haven’t developed just yet. Once the top guys get healthy they could make this jump a few spots.

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What can I say? Minaya traded away 4 of his top prospects for the best pitcher in the game. It hurt their system but helped them win today. They still have a legit top 10-15 overall prospect in Fernando Martinez but they are thin with high ceiling guys after that. I also have been a little disappointed with their drafts of late and that has shown in their system.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 19  |  February 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Jonathan, I see you put the guys involved in the Santana deal in the Twins rankings, but I’m just curious, where did you have them listed in the Mets rankings?

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 1, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I had Gomez #2, Guerra #3, Mulvey #4, and Humber #8.

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