MLB Network revealed their top 50 prospects earlier tonight with three former BlueClaws on the list. Jonathan Singleton (30), Kyle Drabek (12) and Domonic Brown (4) made the top 50. Notes below.
Jonathan Singleton, BlueClaws 1B in 2010, checks in at number 30. Singleton spent the year at 18 and turned 19 on the day the BlueClaws clinched the SAL title (September 18th). They showed some footage of FirstEnergy Park and Singleton during a brief highlight segment. They don’t spend a ton of time on the guys at the back end of the list.
Singleton joined the BlueClaws on May 13th and hit 14 home runs in a pitcher’s park while hitting 3rd and 4th the whole year.
Kyle Drabek, with the BlueClaws in 2007, was ranked 12th. He was sent to Toronto last year (Halladay deal) and debuted with the Blue Jays in September, coming straight from Double-A.
“Old School and hard worker,” said John Hart (former Indians and Rangers GM). “He’s got a plus arm, plus fastball, and throws it mid-90s. When he first came up, it was a four-seamer and he was getting whacked around. He’s come up with a two-seamer with life that helps him against left-handers…He’s a great athlete who is going to be a Gold Glover…I see him more as a 2-3-4 type starter but a winning piece in a good rotation.”
Said Jonathan Mayo: “He’s always had one of the best breaking balls in the minors and he’s added a cutter and change-up. He’s got more weapons.”
Brown, a former football commit to the University of Miami, was with Lakewood in 2008 and was ranked the top prospect in the Phillies system each of the last three years. He’ll compete for the starting RF job in spring training this year with the Phillies after making his big league debut in July.
They didn’t talk much about him. Maybe it got edited out. [Update, see below, each player has their own short video clip with additional comments]
Update (8:10 am): Here is an article from MLB.com with the full top 50 list. Within that article, are video clips of each of the top 50 players (Mike Trout of the Angels and Millville, New Jersey) was number one).
Upside potential: With his power starting to come into play, he profiles as a prototypical right fielder who will hit in the middle of a lineup in the future. His ceiling is still very, very high.
They said it: “I’m glad they didn’t trade him. He’s going to be a good player. To come in, especially to a place like this, with the expectations, fans, media, and come in and produce on the first day, that has got to be a good feeling for him. He deserves a lot of credit.” — Roy Halladay
Upside potential: With the potential to have four usable pitches, Drabek has the chance to front a rotation some day.
They said it: “It is exciting. Watch him grow up, then you’re coaching their young teams and stuff, and to be here in this setting watching him start a new level of his career is pretty special.” — Former All-Star, and Kyle’s father, Doug Drabek
Upside potential: A fine run producer with enough bat for first base or a corner outfield spot.
They said it: “Obviously, with Ryan [Howard] signed to a long-term deal, we wanted to see if he had the aptitude and the athleticism to do it. He took to it pretty well. He’s doing fine. I think he’s just getting acclimated to it.” — Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. on Singleton playing left field