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Getting this 2012 season cranking

So… where were we?

The 2012 season is upon us and there’s almost too much going on.  We’ve been busying updating all the blurbs on Prospect Watch to reflect assignments to teams, injuries, other news. We will try to be vigilant on keeping things updated and dynamic as the season progresses.

But there’s more than just Prospect Watch updates going on. There’s a new blog written by prospect-crazy fans/writers called The Futurists. I highly recommend you check it often. We have many contributors signed up, blogging about a wide spectrum of prospect-related issues. Read it and get involved — leave comments as we really want it to be an interactive experience.

Coming soon is another blog, one written by the prospects themselves. It’s called We the Prospects and we’re working on getting prospects across several levels and organizations to contributed. Stay tuned for when that one gets going full-tilt.

There’s a lot more in the works:

  • International amateur Top 20 prospects
  • 2012 Draft Top 100 prospects
  • Weekly Prospect Watch notebook

I’ll be sure to update all when each is up and running. Trying the polls function out here, so please, weigh in on this week’s question:

Finally, I was looking at stuff I did during Spring Training and I realized I never posted my complete interview with Pirates prospect Josh Bell. It went with this story about him starting his first full season.

Let the games begin!

That might seem like a strange sentiment, given the Division Series in Major League Baseball are well underway, but I’m referring to games of another sort, in a variety of arenas (well, ballparks, but you know what I mean).

The first, of course, is the Arizona Fall League. Year 20 of the AFL will kick off on Tuesday and there are prospects aplenty who will be on-hand. Starting pitchers have yet to be posted, but we do know that the Mets’ Collin McHugh will be starting, courtesy of his tweet (follow him @Collin_McHugh):

No, it’s not a desert mirage. I am actually starting opening day of our AFL season on Tuesday! Truly humbled by the privilege.”

McHugh (who has a fantastic blog of his own, A Day Older, a Day Wiser) will also be contributing to our AFL prospects blog, which is already pretty active.

The top two prospects on’s Top 50 — Mike Trout and Bryce Harper — will be a part of the same Scottsdale Scorpions outfield. No. 44 Gary Brown will also be there, making the Scorps outfield one of the most fun to watch in recent memory (they’ve also got Tyson Gillies and Alex Hassan out there!).

Other Top 50 prospects in the AFL:

15. Wil Myers, Royals (also a blogger) (Surprise Saguaros)
23. Nick Franklin, Mariners (Peoria Javelinas)
24. Aaron Hicks, Twins (Mesa Solar Sox)
35. Matt Dominguez, Marlins (Surprise Saguaros)

As I pointed out in the roster release story, there were a total of eight No. 1 prospects from different organizations playing as well. That’s down to 7, with the Cubs’ Brett Jackson being replaced by Josh Vitters. Hey, at least Vitters is No. 5 on the Cubs’ list.

And while Jed Bradley is no longer going to be in Arizona, a number of 2011 first-rounders will, starting with No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (Mesa). No. 2 Danny Hultzen (Peoria) will be there, too, as will No. 28 Sean Gilmartin of the Braves (Surprise), Joe Panik (Scottsdale) of the Giants and No. 31 Mike Mahtook of the Rays (Surprise).

That’s not the only place prospects are playing, of course. While Winter Ball rosters aren’t set yet, there’s overseas action to follow in the form of USA Baseball. The professional team’s first World Cup game in Panama got rained out, but they should be playing for gold soon. Keep in mind, this is a team of guys not on 40-man rosters, but there is Travis d’Arnaud (No. 47) and the aforementioned Brett Jackson (29) from the Top 50, along with some other good talent representing the United States in international competition.

So don’t despair if your team isn’t in the playoffs right now. There’s the future to watch in Arizona and, to an extent, in Panama!

An early, early look at the Class of 2011

Sorry, folks, I meant to get this up here on Friday and just didn’t get it done. But here it is, a very early look at the top names at the Draft class of 2011. I thought it would be a nice respite from all the World Series talk (really, who can get tired of that?). But seriously, all 30 teams are working behind the scenes on next year’s Draft, so why not me? OK, so maybe right now there’s not a ton to do — some fall workouts are about it — but especially for the 28 teams no longer competing in 2010, thoughts of the future are important.

So I polled some scouts to get a sense of what the industry thought of the class after all the summer leagues and showcases were over. This is by no means scientific (what about the Draft is, after all?) and this list could very well look completely different once we get into the spring and Draft season. So I’ll try to update it as the year goes on, especially once the 2011 season is set to begin.

Without further ado, then, an early look at the top 10 in the Draft class of 2011:

  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice Universityrendon_anthony_2.JPG
  2. Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
  3. Matthew Purke, LHP, TCU
  4. George Springer, OF, University of Connecticut
  5. Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt University
  6. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS, Oklahoma
  7. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, University of Texas
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, University of South Carolina
  9. Matt Barnes, RHP, University of Connecticut
  10. Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow Senior HS, Oklahoma

Others to watch (in alphabetical order):

Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA; Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech; Dillon Howard, RHP, Searcy HS, Ark.; Danny Hultzen, LHP, U of Virginia; Michael Kelly, SS/RHP, West Boca HS, Fla.; Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde HS, Fla.; Alex Meyer, RHP, U of Kentucky; Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS, Tenn.; Joseph Ross, RHP, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Calif.; John Smith, OF, McIntosh HS, Ga.;  Derek Starling, OF/RHP, Gardner Edgerton HS, Kansas; Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS, Calif.; Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS, Texas; Kolten Wong, 2B, U of Hawaii; Tony Zych, RHP U of Louisville

As you can see, the top of the list is college heavy and there are some very good college arms for the taking. The two Oklahoma high school right-handers will create a buzz all spring. The next 10-20 names are a little more high-school dominant and it’s quite possible many of those prep players will move up the ranks as 2011 gets going.

So, there you have it. I’ll be back a little later today with some stuff to watch from the Arizona Fall League.

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