Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tigers Under 25 Crowd Ranks Well

I received my hard copy of Baseball America yesterday and there was an interesting Tigers related item on the first page. A reader asked Jim Callis who he thought were the best players under 25 years of age. Callis responded with two sets of lists. First he ranked his top 5 position player and pitching prospects. Cameron Maybin was the 5th best hitting prospect and Andrew Miller the 4th best pitching prospect.

Next, he listed his top 5 hitters and pitchers under 25 who are already in the Majors. There were no Tigers position players. Among the pitchers, Jeremy Bonderman and Justin Verlander were ranked 4th and 5th. I was a bit surprised to see Bonderman ahead of Verlander. From a sabermetric perspective, Bonderman is ahead at this point but I was under the impression that scouts tended to favor Verlander. Bonderman is receiving a lot of support from different sources lately.

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