On Tuesday night at 9 pm on both MLB.com and the MLB Network, our good friends at MLB.com will unveil their 2011 Top 50 Prospect list. What BlueClaws can we expect to see?
I would say there are a few who will definitely be in consideration, one way or another, with two locks. But in guessing, we’ll work through their lists of top prospects by position (meaning if someone is the 9th ranked catcher by MLB.com, Travis d’Arnaud, he’s unlikely to move up ahead of three or four of the other catchers in a week to make the top 50).
Domonic Brown, OF: Should start the year in a competition for the starting RF job in Philly with John Mayberry and Ben Francisco. If he doesn’t win that, he’ll probably get a few months of seasoning in Lehigh Valley. Baseball America had him ranked #1 mid-season, and MLB.com had him as the #3 outfielder earlier this week.
Kyle Drabek, RHP: Now in the Blue Jays system (Halladay trade), Drabek was Pitcher of the Year in the Eastern League last year and made his big league debut in September. He’ll have a chance to win a spot in the Blue Jays rotation right out of camp. Blue Jays Banter posted this earlier today: Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow and Brett Cecil should be in the rotation and I think that Kyle Drabek is a virtual lock unless he gets repeatedly shelled.
Not a Lock But Really Close
Jonathan Singleton, 1B: While he might not be a first baseman when Clearwater opens their 2011 season on April 7th at Dunedin (he’s reportedly been working in left field), Singleton certainly made his mark in 2010. He hit 14 home runs as an 18-year old in the SAL (and he didn’t get called up until May 13th) while showing excellent plate discipline. MLB.com had him 4th among first baseman. I say he’s safely in the Top 50, probably in the 30s.
When Baseball America put out their mid-season Top 50, Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and d’Arnaud were both “in the team picture,” listed (alphabetically) as the next 25, with Brown #1 and Drabek #23).
While we think Singleton will get in MLB’s top 50, remember that the list was released on July 9th. Cosart got hurt on June 26th and didn’t come back the rest of the year. d’Arnaud hit .205 in July and didn’t play in August.
So I do think we’ll see three in the top 50. Should be a great show.