Friday, November 21, 2008

Baseball America Top 10 Tiger Prospects

Yesterday, I linked to the Bluhm Memorial Top 30 prospects as selected by avid fans of the Tigers minor league system. Today, the annual Baseball America Top 10 is ready for viewing. You need a subscription to read the full scouting report on each player but the list and an overview is available for free. The top ten are listed below:

1. Rick Porcello, rhp
2. Ryan Perry, rhp
3. Cale Iorg, ss
4. Casey Crosby, lhp
5. Jeff Larish, 1b/3b
6. Wilkin Ramirez, of
7. Scott Sizemore, 2b
8. Cody Satterwhite, rhp
9. Dusty Ryan, c
10. Guillermo Moscoso, rhp

There are a few differences between the fan rankings and the Baseball America ranking. The fans excluded the following players from the top 10: Cody Satterwhite #13, Scott Sizemore #18, and Guillermo Moscoso #20. Instead, they included pitchers Casey Fein #7, Alex Avila #9 and James Skelton #10.

Which list is better? It's a very subjective process as it's very difficult to project the careers of minor leaguers. The Bluhm Memorial list is probably more performance based whereas the Baseball America list tends to rely more on scouting reports. I like to look at all the lists that come out to get a consensus and then track the most frequently mentioned players the following season.


  1. I had the chance to watch Porcello vs Clearwater this year and he lives up to the hype.

    During his start he had low to mid-90's heat with some sink, a decent slow curve and a change. I didn't see his slider used more than two or three times.
    Surprisingly it appeared that he was pitching to contact and a quick check to his GB/FB ratio, which is 2.48, confirms this.

    Another great example of the tigers going over slot in the draft and reaping the rewards.

  2. Matthias, I also got a chance to see him pitch a game in Lakeland. His statistics are deceptive. He had a low strikeout rate but that's because he was on a strict 85 pitch limit and he needed to be efficient. Thus,he pitched to contact. They also wanted him to work on his change-up and not use his curve and slider so much. He's going to get even better once they let him loose.



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