Archive for February, 2012

Dale Sveum Collection

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A number of years ago I went to see the Baltimore Orioles play.  This was when Cal Ripken was on the team.  After the game, as we left the stadium, there were a number of people sitting behind tables offering to give us five large stacks of baseball cards for one used ticket stub.  We thought this offer was too good a deal to pass up.  Even after we heard later that Cal broke the record that day for most consecutive innings played, increasing the possibility that this ticket stubb could be worth something to a collector some day, there was no regret in the trade.  Twenty years from now I wouldn’t know where my ticket stub decided to retire in my household.  Like most of the ticket stubbs that try to settle in my pocket, they transform into rolled up pieces of unrecognizable paper balls after one rinse through the washer.  Now I had over 300 baseball cards to stick in my closet somewhere.  At least I knew where they were.

Going through the five stacks of baseball cards it was quite obvious that they loaded the cards with journeyman players, non-prospects and rookie cards of players who had long passed their shelf life.  No hall of famers or potential hall of famers in these decks.  Or so I thought so many years ago.  When I went through these cards again there were 12 Dale Sveum 1988 Topps baseball cards.  Right now they are probably still not worth anything, but as the manager of the Cubs one day he may win a World Series which could increase the value of these cards.

We’re willing to part with eleven of these cards for just $1.  That’s right, a single George Washington to account for any postage and handling (unless I have to mail it to an international address and then it would be $5).  You need to give me your email address and I will giving you my mailing address that you can send the $1.  The first eleven to contact me get the cards.

The email address you can send the request to is  This offer expires with the beginning of the 2012 baseball season or April 1, 2012, whichever comes first.

Prospects 70-61

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This is a continuation of our Top 100 prospect list, which we developed by averaging seven publications top 100 lists.

70. Brad Peacock RHP (Athletics) United States (3.04) - Last year was a break out year for Brad and it culminated in a major league debut (0.75).  Prior to last year he struggled with ERAs over 4.00 and opposition averages over .250.  In 2011 his ERAs went significantly below 4.00 and his opposition average dropped below .200.  He also averaged more than 10 whiffs per nine innings.  The Nationals traded him to the Oakland Athletics where he will get a better opportunity to make the starting rotation.  His fastball dialed in the mid-90s but sat more comfortably in the low 90s and he has a nice curveball.  The improvement in his change was a big reason for his increased success.  Brad will try to replicate last year’s success and become the number two starter for the Athletics rotation starved team.

69. Leonys Martin OF (Rangers) Cuba (3.07) - The Rangers have a centerfield hole that Leonys hopes to fill.  He came over from Cuba where he was a fourth outfielder on the Cuban national team but a regular All star in the Cuban League.  He covers significant ground in center, but he won’t win gold gloves at that position and he has the speed and savy to steal bases.  He stole 19 bases last year, but he has to cut down on his 11 caught stealings.  He will not hit for power, though his homerun numbers could hit double digit.  If he really wants to make an impact he will be a .300 hitter, but myworld feels the batting average will stay consistently in the .270 range.  An average of .270 and 10-15 homeruns is acceptable for centerfield, but it would be a bit short for a corner outfield.

68. Josh Bell OF (Pirates) United States (3.16) - Not to be confused with the Josh Bell that showed promise for the Orioles but then flopped with fielding and patience issues.  This Josh Bell was a second round 2011 pick whose $5 million bonus was greater than many first rounders.  He has tremendous tools, especially with the bat that could create some tape measure blasts.  His best fit appears to be right field because of his rifle arm and average speed.  Josh signed too late last year to play in 2011 so spring will dictate whether he has an extended workout in Florida before joining the short season leagues, or do they gamble with him and at age 19 begin his career at the Low A full season leagues.  If he struggles there they can always demote him.

67. Starling Marte OF (Pirates) Dominican Republic (3.19) - Starling has the speed that you like to see in your centerfielder, though it doesn’t translate into a lot of stolen bases (24).  Many project that when he is ready Andrew McCutcheon could move to left field to accommodate Starling.  He hit .332 with 12 homeruns at AA, slugging .500 with an OPS of .370.  Those are excellent numbers, but red flags come out when you see the 22/100 walk to whiff ratio.  He needs to improve on that ratio before he is major league ready.  Myworld believes that it will be Marte that will have to fit into leftfield unless McCutcheon departs as a free agent.

66. A.J. Cole RHP (Athletics) United States (3.44) - Another pitcher that falls into the category of ex-National that was traded to the Athletics in the Gio Gonzalez deal.  A.J. though has more upside than Brad Peacock.  He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, but the Nationals had to shell out first round money to sign him ($2 million).  He throws in the mid-90s but his secondary pitches (curve and change) are still a work in progress.  A.J. did show good command of the strike zone in his first year in the full season, whiffing 10.9 hitters per nine innings but walking just over two (2.43) batters per game.  He won’t hit the major league parks until late 2013 at the earliest when the Athletics will see him pitch on the major league team that could be playing in San Jose.

65. George Springer OF (Astros) United States (3.5) - George was the Astros 2011 first round pick that has the potential to join the 30-30 club.  He is a five tool player that has the speed to play center and the arm for right, with the power to mash.  He struggled in the 28 at bats he got in the New York Penn League (.179) but he did hit one homerun.  Despite the low average he only struck out twice in the eight games and was a perfect four for four in stolen bases.  He will start 2012 in Low A but in the Astros system he could move quickly.

64. Zach Lee RHP (Dodgers) United States (3.56) - The Dodgers surpised everyone by signing Zach Lee.  He demanded a high bonus and many thought the Dodgers drafted him because it would be an excuse not to pay the money for a number one pick.  The Dodgers shelled out the $5.25 million needed to sign him and now they have a pitcher who hits the low 90s on the radar gun.  At 6′4″ he is projected to get stronger so that low 90s could jump to the mid-90s in a couple years.  He throws the curve, slider and change, but all are works in progress.  His slider shows more bite so eventually if his curve remains loopy it will be shelved.

63. Trevor May RHP (Phillies) United States (3.61) - Trevor is a strikeout machine, his 12.37 whiffs per nine innings pitched the best among starters and his 208 the third most, trailing only Matt Moore and Edwar Cabrera.  At 6′5″ his low 90s fastball comes at right handers with a good downward plane that they could only hit .214 against him.  He also shows a good curveball, which is a strikeout pitch and a promising change.  He still needs to work on throwing strikes but the Phillies can show some patience with him.  He will be in AA in 2012 so he is just an injury away from being called up.

62. Will Middlebrooks 3B (Red Sox) United States (3.7) - Kevin Youkilus is getting a bit beat up so it should not be long before you see Middlebrooks inherit third.  He slugged 23 homeruns last year, hitting .302 in AA and shows solid defensive tools for third base.  He was voted as being the best batting prospect in the Eastern League.  He only hit .161 when promoted to AAA so he probably needs at least one more year of AAA seasoning before he attacks the Green Monster.  Expect at least a September callup for 2012.  If the Red Sox still want to save money they can decline Youkilus $12 million option for 2013 and give the third base job to Middlebrooks.

61. James Paxton LHP (Mariners) Canada (3.8) - The Blue Jays failed to sign him in 2009 when they made him a supplemental 2009 number one pick.  He was ruled ineligible to continue playing college ball at Kentucky when it was found that his agent Scott Boras did more negotiating than advising with his client.  In 2010 his draft stock dropped to the fourth round.  For a lefthanded pitcher he has a smoking fastball that hits the low 90s but can hit the mid to high 90s.  He has a nice curveball that contributed to his 12 whiffs per nine innings.  His change is still a work in progress.  The Mariners may have traded Michael Pineda, but they have a trio of pitchers that are ready to replace him in the rotation.  Paxton’s estimated time of arrival could be as a September callup this year.

Top Prospects 80-71

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This a continuation of Myworld’s breakdown of the top 100 prospects by various publications.  You can see the method of calculation by going to

80. Cheslor Cuthbert 3B (Royals) Nicaragua (2.04) - We just did a write up on Cheslor that you can read here:  He is the number three prospect on that list.  No sense in repeating myself.

79. Robbie Erlin LHP (Padres) United States (2.13) - Robbie was acquired from the Rangers for pitcher Mike Adams.  He was a third round draft pick for the Rangers in 2009.  His fastball borders the 90 mile per hour mark, which is about average for a pitcher throwing from the left side.  What separates him from those average pitchers is the command he has of that fastball and his changeup, which he disguises well, making the fastball appear to have that much more velocity.  He also has a good curveball that he can add to his arsenal.  He has averaged 9.7 whiffs per nine innings in his minor league career and limited the opposition to a .222 average.  Though he continued his high strikeout pace in AA, the opposition hit for a much better average (over .270) when they made contact with the ball.

78. Jedd Gyorko 3b (Padres) United States (2.23) - Jedd was drafted in the second round by the Padres in 2010.  He raked in High A last year, hitting .365 with 18 homeruns that resulted in a .638 slugging percentage and a 1.067 OPS.  He slowed down a bit when promoted to AA to play in the more spacious San Antonio park (.288, .428 slugging).  Jedd seems to be separating himself from the other thirdbasemen in the Padres system and could force a trade of Chase Headley and a switch of positions from James Darnell.  His defense is adequate for third base, but his foot speed is too slow to switch to the outfield.

77. Addison Reed RHP (Mets) United States (2.37) - Addison did not get the same publicity as Stephen Strasburg, his San Diego State teammate, even though he acted as his closer his first year as an Aztec and replaced him in the starting rotation his second year.  Myworld was hoping that the Nationals would select him in the second round if he was still available to again team with Strasburg but they let him slip to the White Sox in the third round.  He is poised to take over their closer role for the White Sox in 2012 with a mid-90s fastball, a nasty slider and an adequate change that he will not have to rely so much on in a bullpen role.  He averages 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in the minor leagues and in his six game debut last year facing major league hitters he averaged 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.  Again, when major league hitters made contact off him they hit him better (.313) than the minor league hitters (.158).  A good spring will net him the closers job.

76/40. Jorge Soler OF (Free Agent) Cuba (2.39/5.57) - The two rankings take into account the publications who did not vote for him because he was not yet on a major league team.  The second ranking only averages those publications that ranked him in the top 100.  For the most part, Cuban prospects, especially hitters can be overhyped.  Their numbers tend to be amped up because they get a a number of at bats against inferior pitching that pads their stats.  Soler may be the exception, since he competed on the youth national team where he could be evaluated against United States players of the same age.  He has impressive tools with good speed and thunder in his bat.  His thick lower half will probably restrict him to a corner outfield where he has enough bat to stick.  His arm is good enough to play right field.

75. Sonny Gray RHP (Athletics) United States (2.56) - Sonny was a 2011 first round draft pick.  Despite his 5′11″ height he can hit 97 with his fastball though he resides mostly in the low 90s.  He has a curveball that was rated the best in the 2011 draft that is a good complement to the fastball.  His change is a work in progress.  After starting one game in rookie ball the Athletics promoted him to AA where he got five starts, giving up only one earned run (0.45 ERA).  Whether you are 5′11′’ or 6′7″ that will get someone’s attention.  Opponents hit him at a .214 pace and he struck out 8.1 batters per nine innings.

74. Casey Kelly RHP (Padres) United States (2.6) - Casey wanted to be a shortstop, but the Red Sox convinced him that his fastest route to the majors would be as a pitcher.  They eventually included him as one of the many players they gave up for Adrian Gonzalez.  His route to the majors has slowed as he has struggled at the higher levels.  His fastball is not overpowering and his secondary pitches (curve and change) do not have the quality to make up for it.  He does get a lot of ground ball outs because of the sink on his fastball.  He averages about seven whiffs per nine innings and improved his opposition average from .307 to .278.  His ERA also dropped by more than a run (5.31 to 3.98).  He should pitch well in the spacious Petco Park.

73. Rymer Liriano OF (Padres) Dominican Republic (2.7) - This is the fourth Padre to appear on this list.  Rymer had a breakout year last year after being demoted to Low A.  He hit .319 with 12 homeruns for a .499 slugging percentage.  In two years and over 100 at bats at High A he is hitting .171.  He has to overcome his aversion to High A pitching if he wants to advance.  At 20 he still has room to improve.  While he doesn’t have burner speed he stole 65 bases in 85 attempts.  He has a good arm which could make him a good fit for right field.  At 6′0″ 230 you will begin to see those stolen base numbers decline as he matures.  He is one of those players that can easily be called a 5-tool athlete.

72. Nick Castellanos 3B (Tigers) United States (2.99) - The Tigers could be better off in 2012 with Castellanos at third base, but since the 2010 supplemental number one pick has yet to play past Low A and will only be 20 in 2012 they will give him some more seasoning in the minor leagues.  He has the defensive tools to play the position.  The big question for him is will he carry enough stick.  He hit .312 in Low A but only seven carried over the fence.  He may end up a gap to gap hitter, but he also needs to erase some of those 130 whiffs in 135 games.

71. Wilin Rosario C (Rockies) Dominican Republic (2.99) - Wilin is poised to win the starting catching job in 2012 for the Rockies.  He got a brief call up last year and hit just .204.  Power is his game.  He may only hit in the .250 range in the major leagues but he should hit 20 plus homeruns and provide solid defense.  He had a 41 percent success rate with baserunners in his minor league career.  He doesn’t walk enough to hit for a high average, finishing with a 19/91 walk to whiff ratio in AA last year.  The big issue the Rockies will look at is his ability to handle a pitching staff.  If he struggles early he could be demoted to AAA for more seasoning.  The Rockies have Ramon Hernandez who could catch on a full time basis.

Asian Baseball Championships

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 reports that the Asian baseball championships will be held in Taichung, Taiwan between November 28 and December 2 of this year.  The Asian baseball championships are different than the Asian series in that they are games played by amateur/professional allstars from the various countries that qualify to participate in the tournament, rather than by teams that have won their professional league.  In an Asian series you could have a Korean player Dae-Ho Lee playing for a Japanese team that won the NPB competing against a Korean team that won their KBO championship.  In 2011, Taichung hosted the Asian Series.  In 2012 they will host the Asian Championships, which is normally composed of six teams, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China that get automatic berths and two other countries that won qualifying tournaments, usually Thailand and the Philippines.  China, for whatever reason fails to compete in tournaments that are held in Taiwan, or at least in the baseball tournaments.

It was also announced by the Baseball Federation of Asia that the 15 and under Asian Baseball championships would be held in Odisha, India.  The dates for that series would be between November 5 through 10th in 2012.  Myworld would have no clue how to get to Odisha or where that is.  Perhaps that might make the trip fun in itself.

Korea Enjoys Record Baseball Revenues

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Korea has reported that their revenues have increased by 36 percent.  It is unclear if the Korean teams are still making a profit since they have handed out some pretty big contracts for next year’s season.  The Korean Baseball Organization Properties (KBOP) which is responsible for broadcasting rights, corporate sponsorships and merchandise sales distributed 3.7 billion won to each team.

You can read about it here:

Korea will be hosting the next Asian series which is scheduled for sometime in November.  They are debating whether to hold the games in Seoul or Pusan.  They initially thought of holding it in both cities, but the coordination effort proved to yieldy, so now they are talking about holding it in one city. The Asian Series will include the league champions from the professional teams in Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia (Perth Heat) and two teams from Korea.

Mariners Sign French Pitcher

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 has announced that the Seattle Mariners have signed a lefthanded pitcher from France.  Alexandre Roy will sign a contract with the Mariners on Thursday.  Alexandre’s father is the son of the Rouen Huskies manager and some time pitcher Robin Roy.  He is the fourth French player to sign a minor league contract.  The other players are Joris Bert (Dodgers), Frederic Hanvi (Twins) and Andy Paz (Athletics, though Paz is Cuban born).

Padres Frieri Purchases Colombian Baseball Team

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Padres reliever Ernestro Frieri has purchased a Colombian baseball team in the Liga Colombiana de Beisbol Profesional (LCBP).  He bought the Cartagena franchise.  There are currently four franchises in the LCBP but they would like to expand it to six teams next year.  Baseball tends to more popular in Colombia along the coastal areas.

You can read about the purchase here: or if you can read Spanish or do a translate you can read it here:

International Draft Inevitable

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Baseball American did an interview with Bud Selig and he has stated that an international draft is inevitable.  You can read the article here: though his actual interview will be late in a major league interview piece.  Below are some of myworld’s recommendations for conducting the draft:

1) Have the draft on July 2, separate from the amateur draft.  This is the normal time when baseball fans expect a wave of international signings so they could gear up for the international signings.  You could make it ten rounds deep.  Any player not drafted could still be signed as a free agent, but only at a bonus payment equivalent to a tenth round pick.  This would give baseball another publicity primer for itself as fans gear up for this second draft.  Establish the same spending limits in this draft that you establish in the amateur draft.

2) Allow Canadian and Puerto Rican players to be drafted in the international draft.

3) No player can be drafted until they are 18 after a certain date.  The player must also register for the draft by providing documents to major league baseball to show thet are 18.  This could then have a reverse effect in some of the countries with 16 year olds lying about their age to prove they are 18.  It also puts some accountability on the player and their agent with the veracity of the documents they submit to show they are 18.  If those documents prove false the player and agent are punished.  If the player fails to register they can not be drafted.  They can still be signed as free agents, but with a minimal bonus payment equivalent to the lowest pick in the international draft.

4) You would hope that 16 year olds would continue their education, but you could provide some support and organization to the buscones or other sports federations to establish leagues for these 16 year olds to play to allow them to continue their baseball careers.  This could also provide a better environement for scouts to watch kids in actual game conditions rather than just see their baseball tools in drills.  The buscones could be motivated to continue to develop these players if they can keep a certain percentage of the signed contract.  It may also lesson the money major league baseball teams have to inest in establishing camps, so perhaps they can help subsidize certain academies to help them stay more on top of players.

5) Any player who lives in a country with a professional league will have to get written approval from that professional league to show that he is eligible to be drafted.  An exception could be made to a player one year removed from the high school level who has not been drafted by this professional league.  Players who have been released by the professional league can also be eligible for the draft.

Those are just some initial thoughts that myworld would like to see.  How practical they are is open for discussion.

Top 100 Prospects - 90-81

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

See top prospects 100-91 for an explanation of our calculation of the Top 100 list.

90. Chad Bettis RHP (Rockies) United States (1.41) - Chad is a second round 2010 pick.  He throws his fastball in the mid-90s and can get it to tick up to the high 90s.  He has a good slider to mix as a second pitch but his change needs a lot of work to be an effective third pitch.  If he can’t make it at least an average pitch to balance off his hard stuff he may have to move to the bullpen where he can survive with two pitches.  At 6′1″ he is also not one of those pitchers that will come at you with a nasty downward plane that scouts look for, so with only two pitches and a lack of height he begins his career behind the eight ball.  He had a good year last year going 12-5 with a 3.34 ERA, striking out 9.8 hitters per nine innings pitched and limiting the opposition to a .225 average.  If he continues with that success the Rockies will leave him in the starting rotation.

89. Daniel Norris LHP (Blue Jays) United States (1.41) - This is already the third Blue Jay on this list.  Daniel was a second round 2011 pick.  He throws his fastball in the low 90s, good velocity for a lefthander and has developed three good secondary pitches in the change, curve and slider.  Since Daniel was signed out of high school and signed too late to play last year he will probably start the season in extended spring training and then work his way to a short season league.

88. Ryan Lavarnway C (Red Sox) United States (1.44) - The development of Ryan is probably one of the big reasons the Red Sox did not bring back Jason Varitek.  They need to give those at bats to younger players.  Lavarnway showed his power in Boston with two homeruns in just over 40 at bats, but he also hit just .231.  He slugged 32 homeruns in the minors and easily surpassed the .500 slugging average.  He doesn’t have a powerful arm, so the bat needs to stand out early if he is going to make the Red Sox roster.

87. Matt Szczur OF (Cubs) United States (1.56) - Bret Jackson is the Cubs centerfielder of the future, but he may need to move over to a corner once Matt is ready.  Matt’s early focus was football, so his baseball skills are very raw.  As a wide receiver during his football days, Matt shows a lot of speed that should help him steal bases and cover ground in center.  He hit .314 in low A with five homeruns, stealing 17 bases in 22 attempts.  He makes contact, though his walk numbers decreased and his strikeouts increased with a promotion to High A.  Part of his contract required the Cubs to put him on the 40 man roster so he has to make it quick or he will run out of options.

86. Zach Cox 3B (Cardinals) United States (1.56) - Myworld thought he looked too much like a softball player when we saw him in spring training last year.  He was the Cardinals 2010 first round pick.  It didn’t take him long to reach AA in his first full season with the Cardinals, mauling High A at a .335 clip.  If third base is occupied by David Freese next year, he has the bat to play first.  He lacks the speed to be viable in the outfield.  At this point his power is more effective in the gaps as opposed to over the fence power.

85. Corey Spangenberg 2B (Padres) United States (1.61) - Corey was the Padres first round pick in 2011.  He signed quickly and raked at Eugene hitting .384 with 31 walks and 15 whiffs.  His walk to whiff ratio was not quite as impressive when he was promoted to Low A (14 walks to 42 whiffs) but his average did not suffer too badly (.286).  He has excellent speed that allowed him to steal 25 bases in just 72 games.  He played third base in college so this was his first year at second and he struggled a bit with 13 errors.  If second base does not work out he has the speed to move to center.  His lack of power makes third base a poor fit.

84. Aaron Hicks OF (Twins) United States (1.66) - Aaron oozes athletic tools, possessing all five but lacking consistency in each. His speed allows him to cover ground in center, probably the best defensive centerfielder in the Twins system. The Florida State League rated his arm as the best and he occasionally shows the pop in his bat. What he hasn’t been able to do is hit with any consistency, maintaining a .266 average in his four year minor league career.  He repeated Low A and his .242 average in High A may force the Twins to have him repeat that level as well. He has learned to draw a lot of walks the last couple years, but his speed has not translated into stolen bases. He has a less than 70 percent success rate in steals.

83. Taylor Jungmann RHP (Brewers) United States (1.73) - Taylor is the other number one pick in 2011 by the Brewers. The Brewers minor league system had grown a little shallow with the trades for Zach Greinke and Shawn Marcum. Taylor signed too late to play in 2011, but in college he showed a fastball in the low 90s. At 6′6″ the fastball comes with a good downward plane. His secondary pitches (slider and change) still need work to develop consistency. Coming out of college he should have no problem starting at Low A.

82. Tyrell Jenkins RHP (Cardinals) United States (1.77) - Tyrell was a supplemental first round 2010 pick. He had scholarship offers to play football as a wide receiver, but the Cardinals were able to convince him to play baseball with a $1.3 million bonus. He has a fastball that settles in the low 90s, but can hit the mid-90s and he is still trying to perfect a curveball and change. His first two years Tyrell was stuck in rookie ball. In his second year hitters raked his pitches for a .296 average, so his fastball is not fooling a lot of bats without improvement on the secondary pitches.

81. Kolton Wong 2B (Cardinals) United States (1.9) - Myworld seems to have a need to put him on the Angels roster, even though he plays for the Cardinals. Perhaps his 5′9″ height as a middle infielder is the perfect description of an Angel. Kolton was the Cardinals first round pick in 2011, signed early and raked at Low A, hitting .335 with five homeruns. He plays a solid defense and likes to get his uniform dirty before the day is done. He should start the season in High A next year and if he continues to rake AA could also happen.

Myworld’s Top 100 Countdown

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Myworld has been doing a top 100 countdown for the past four years, taking the top 100s from the various puplications and averaging them out.  You can see the list of the previous top 100s here:  A rating of a “5″ would mean that his average rating is 51 on the top 100 lists.

The seven top 100s myworld used were Hardball Times, Deep Leagues, Scout, ScoutBook,, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.  If one publication or blog rated a player in the top 50s and no other publication had him even rated in the Top 100s we eliminated that player from the list.  That resulted in the elimination of players from the Hardball Times ratings of Jason Kipnis (4), Dayan Viciedo (31) and Trayvon Robinsons (43).  Some of these publications did not rate the recent Cuban or Japanese free agents so we gave those players two ratings, one which averages all seven publications and the other which bases the score average on only those publications who rated them in a top 100 list.

Myworld will break down twenty names each day, ten in the day and ten in the evening.  We start with 100-91.

100. Noah Syndergaard RHP (Blue Jays) United States (rating 1) - The Athletics insisted that he be included in any trade for Trevor Cahill and the Blue Jays balked.  Noah was a first round supplemental in 2010.  He can hit three digits with his fastball and at 6′5″ he has an intimidating presence.  His secondary pitches (change and curve) still need some fine tuning, but he is only 20 and 2012 will be his first experience in a full season league.  He averages 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings and a .214 opposition average in his two seasons.

99. Drew Hutchison RHP (Blue Jays) United States (1.09) - Drew was a 15th round pick in 2009, the year the Blue Jays could not sign three of their top five picks.  So they made sure they signed Drew with a $400,000 offer.  He doesn’t throw as hard as Noah, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, but he still gets a lot of swings and misses, averaging 9.7 whiffs per nine innings.  His big swing and miss pitch is his slider that he mixes with a change.  Drew doesn’t walk a lot of batters and limited the opposition to a .213 average against him.  Go Dreadnaughts.

98. Chris Archer RHP (Rays) United States (1.13) - Archer was one of the players the Rays acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade.  His seasons have been fraught with inconsistency, oscillating between the 4.42 ERA he showed in AA in 2011 after a 1.80 ERA in 2010.  He can throw the fastball in the mid-90s, but sometimes he has trouble commanding it, with 18 wild pitches and 80 walks in just 134 innings in last year’s AA performance.  He does strike out close to nine hitters per nine innings (8.8) and limits the opposition to a .229 average, though they hit .266 against him last year in his second posting at the AA Southern League.  He only has two decent pitches, the fastball and slider and needs to improve on his change and command to stay in the rotation.  Otherwise, he could end up in the bullpen.

97. Matt Barnes RHP (Red Sox) United States (1.17) - Matt was the Red Sox 2011 first round pick.  He signed too late to play last year.  He does throw his fastball in the mid-90s in college, but that is starting once a week.  Pitchers velocity can drop once they start throwing every fifth day once they turn professional.  He also has a pretty good curveball and his change needs work.  As a college level player, he should start his career in a full season league.

96. Garrett Richards RHP (Angels) United States (1.26) - Another fireballing righthander who hits the high 90s with his fastball.  Garrett was the Angels first round pick in 2009 and could see some time in the major league rotation this year.  He started three games last year and got beat around a bit (5.79 ERA).  Despite the high octane on his fastball he still got hit pretty good last year, averaging just 6.5 whiffs per nine innings in AA, the worst rating among the pitchers rated above him.  He also throws a slider and change.  A little more work in AAA is probably not a bad thing.

95. Oswaldo Arcia OF (Twins) Venezuela (1.26) - Oswaldo can be a bit defensively challenged.  He started his career as a centerfielder, but as he has bulked up he has slowed down.  That has increased his power potential but hurt his speed.  Last year he missed some time because of an elbow injury.  He destroyed Low A (.352, 5, 18) and did well in high A (.263, 8, 32).  He tends to be a free swinger so don’t expect a lot of walks.  He will give you about one strikeout per game.

94. Luis Heredia RHP (Pirates) Mexico (1.27) - Luis could be the youngest player on this list.  He signed last year with the Pirates at 16 and stands 6′6″ already.  He throws in the low 90s and as he bulks up he could hit the mid-90s with ease.  He still needs to work on his secondary pitches (curve and change) and his command.  His first year was a bit shaky with 19 walks in 30 innings.  At such a young age with that height it will take some time to develop a consistency in his delivery.

93. Bryce Brentz OF (Red Sox) United States (1.27) - Bryce was a 2010 supplemental first round pick and after hitting just .198 in his draft year, broke out last year hitting .359 in low A.  He was promoted to High A and finished the year clubbing 30 homeruns with 94 RBIs and a .306 average.  He has an arm that fits well in right, but still makes a lot of poor choices with his throws, committing 17 errors last year.  He doesn’t have a lot of speed so he needs to rely on good jumps and routes to make up for his lack of range if he wants to stay in right field.

92. Jed Bradley LHP (Brewers) United States (1.33) - Jed was one of the two first round picks the Brewers had in 2011, a reward for their failing to sign Dylan Covey in 2010.  He signed too late to play last year but consistently hit in the low 90s in college.  That is plenty of heat from a pitcher that throws left handed.  He could add some juice as he gets stronger.  Jed also throws a slider and change.

91. Christian Bethancourt C (Braves) Panama (1.41) - We wrote about him yesterday in our “Top Ten Other Caribbean Prospects” so rather than just repeat that you can go to yesterday’s post if you want to read about him.  He has all the tools to catch with a strong bat.  He just needs to overcome maturity issues, and that comes with years.