One of my favorite things about late February, besides the onset of spring training, is the annual top-100 list of prospects according to Baseball America. Although I happen to like Keith Law* and think he’s a pretty astute scout and analyst, BA’s list is the list of record in baseball circles.
Yankees: Jesus Montero #4; Austin Romine #86
Ex-Yankees: Arodys Vizcaino (Braves) #69; Austin Jackson (Tigers) #76
Red Sox: Ryan Westmoreland #21; Casey Kelly #24; Josh Reddick #75; Lars Anderson #87
Rays: Desmond Jennings#6; Jeremy Hellickson #18; Wade Davis #34; Matt Moore #35; Reid Brignac #54; Tim Beckham #67; Alex Colome #68
Blue Jays: Kyle Drabek #25; Brett Wallace #27; Travis d’Arnaud #81
Orioles: Brian Matusz #5; Josh Bell #37; Zach Britton #63; Jake Arrieta #99
Mets: Jenry Mejia #56; Ike Davis #62; Fernando Martinez #77; Wilmer Flores #88
My only thoughts here are:
- I’m just a wee bit skeptical of how much love the Rays and Red Sox got here. Like with anything else, these are subjective rankings, even if they do represent a more established point of view than, say, Sickels or Law.
- Our four divisional rivals plus our intra-city rival make up 22% of the list. Not that I think it’s a huge deal — they’re prospects, after all — but it would be nice if a few more Yanks showed up here at this time next year.
- One caveat to the above is that Toronto traded for all three of their top-100 guys. Really demonstrates how much the Anthopoulos era was able to accomplish in its first few months relative to the Ricciardi era.
This link will take you to the full list of 100 names for 2010.
*K-Law’s list is premium content and can only be viewed with an ESPN Insider account.