Prospects 50-41

50. Yasmani Grandal C (Padres) United States/Cuba (4.39) - Ironic that Yasmani should follow Alonso on this list.  He was also born in Cuba and fled to the United States with his parents.  He played at the University of Miami like Alonso, but was drafted in the first round of 2010, two years after Alonso.  And he was traded to the Padres with Alonso for Matt Latos.  These two guys are joined at the hip.  He will eventually have to compete with Austin Hedges for the starting catcher job with the Padres.  Right now he is ahead of him on the depth chart.  Yasmani will not be a great defensive catcher, but will still get the job done.  His arm is not strong and he allows a lot of passed balls.  If he makes it his bat will be the deciding force.  He has power, switch hits and should hit for a decent average.

49. Jarred Cosart RHP (Astros) United States (4.51) - Jarred was one of the players the Phillies traded to acquire Hunter Pence.  His fastball travels in the mid-90s with pretty good secondary pitches in a curve and change.  Interesting that a pitcher with his stuff could see his strikeout average go from nine plus strikeouts per nine innings to just six whiffs per nine in one year.  He was also easier to hit, with the opposition increasing their average by close to twenty points off him to .240.  At 6′3″ 180 pounds team officials would like to see him build a bit more mass to that frame to help in his durability and get a little more velocity on his fastball.

48. Gary Sanchez C (Yankees) Dominican Republic (4.73) - The Yankees admit that they do not draft their catchers with defense in mind.  Sanchez is another example of a catcher whose bat is far ahead of his glove.  At least his defense is a little better than Jesus Montero at the same stage.  Gary still suffered through 26 passed balls in just 60 games he played behind the plate.  He only played a little over 82 games because the Yankees suspended him two weeks for insubordination and he missed the last three weeks because of a thumb injury.  It sounds as if he has some maturity issues to overcome as well as his defense.

47. Anthony Gose OF (Blue Jays) United States (4.74) - Gose has been traded three times and you would like to think that is because team’s like his tools.  He does have gold glove level defense in centerfield with an arm that can fit for right.  His speed allows him to cover a lot of pasture in the outfield as well as contributes to his ability to steal 70 bases in 85 attempts.  He also hit 16 homeruns from the leadoff position.  The one thing the Blue Jays would like to see him work on is the reduction of strikeouts, which could allow him to hit for a higher average.  Despite a .253 average he still had a .349 OBA that can be attributed to his patience to draw 62 walks.  He’ll get some AAA time this year but with Colby Rasmus in center and his struggles to stay healthy last year Gose could make his debut in 2012.

46. Jake Odorizzi RHP (Royals) United States (4.84) - One of the many treasures the Brewers traded to the Royals for Zack Grienke.  The Royals had a number of position prospects make the 25 man roster last year.  Jake is one of the two or three pitching prospects that should make their Royals debut on the mound, joining at least Mike Montgomery.  Jake’s best pitch is a fastball that runs in the low 90s.  He complements the fastball with decent secondary pitches (curve, slider and change).  He averaged close to 12 whiffs per nine innings in High A, but when promoted to AA that figure dropped to 7.1.  He also gave up nine more homeruns in AA than in High A despite pitching almost the same amount of innings.  Jake will probably repeat AA in 2012 to give him success there before advancing to AAA and then the major leagues.

45. Mike Montgomery LHP (Royals) United States (4.91) - Speaking of Mike, here he is, just one position ahead of Jake.  He throws lefthanded and his fastball can cross the plate in the mid-90s.  Last year he struggled with consistency, finishing with a 5.32 ERA.  Mike struggled with the command of his fastball and still needs to find a curveball to throw that can get opposing hitters out.  His change is a decent pitch at this point.  Last year the opposition hit him at a .271 clip so his pitches were not that difficult to figure out.  If he has a good spring and start to his minor league season Mike should be the first starting pitcher called up to replace an injury or ineffective starter in the Royals rotation.

44. Jacob Marisnick OF (Blue Jays) United States (4.91) - Jake was a 2009 third round pick that has worked his way to top prospect status with the Blue Jays.  The Jays signed him for $1 million because they could not sign three of their top five picks (James Paxton being one of those unsigned).  The Jays got the pick courtesy of the Yankees signing A.J. Burnett as a free agent.  Jacob has centerfield range, but not to the extent of Gose and an arm that could fit in right.  Repeating Low A he raised his average 100 points to .320 with ten more homeruns.  He may have to eventually move to right field once Gose establishes himself in center.

43. Jonathan Singleton 1B (Astros) United States (5.09) - The Phillies tried Singleton in the outfield because they had Ryan Howard at first with just about the same success when they tried Howard in the outfield because they had Thome at first.  The Phillies included Jonathan in a trade for Hunter Pence and he moved back to his more comfortable first base position.  He will never be stellar defensively but should have the power bat that will fit in the middle of the lineup.  He seemed to hit better once he left the Florida State League (.333 to .284).  The one thing Singleton will have to watch is to keep his weight in check.

42. Michael Choice OF (Athletics) United States (5.17) - Choice was troubled by hamstring problems last year, otherwise he would have been one of the more prolific homerun hitters in the minors.  Despite playing just 118 games he had 30 homeruns.  He also contributed 134 strikeouts, so with that success comes lots of failure.  Because of his hamstring issues it was difficult to assess his ability to cover ground in center.  He doesn’t have burner speed but he gets good jumps on balls.  If he continues to chase breaking pitches his average could settle around the .250 margin while he hits 30 plus homeruns.  With Cespedes signed to play right field the Athletics will hope that Choice can fit in center.

41. Randall Delgado RHP (Braves) Panama (5.39) - Randall had a little more major league success than the more highly touted Julio Teheran.  His strikeout numbers dropped significantly in the major leagues, going from just under nine whiffs per nine innings to just 4.6.  He throws a hard fastball that hits the mid-90s but settles in the low 90s.  His curveball and change are already pretty good pitches.  His big challenge will be getting better command of his pitches.  The Braves are already struggling with injuries to their starting rotation, with Tim Hudson already said to be missing the first month because of a back problem and Tommy Hanson missing the first few days of spring to a concussion.  This could speed up Randall’s ascent to the Braves rotation on a more permanent basis.

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