Top 60 San Diego Padres Prospects of 2010

James Darnell annually ranks the top 60 San Diego Padres Prospects, and the best news is it gets harder and harder to do every season. That is a credit to the strengthening of the farm by the San Diego Padres' front office and development staff. Take advantage of our Buy One Month, Get One Month Free promotion - EXTENDED through WEDNESDAY midnight!

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No player that missed most, if not all, of 2009 or is projected to miss all of 2010 was eligible to be ranked, eliminating Andrew Albers, Jose DePaula, Steve Garrison, Kendall Korbal, Kellen Kulbacki, Drew Miller, Jackson Quezada, Will Startup, Donavan Tate, Jeudy Valdez, Euclides Viloria and Chris Wilkes. A future story will come out detailing where they would have ranked if healthy and had an average year.

What is your philosophy on the value of a prospect as it relates to Prospects rankings?

Long-term success at the major league level. It has been said that the easiest thing to do is get to the majors but the hardest thing to do is stay there.

It is easy to predict who will reach the major leagues. It is harder to predict who will not only reach their dream but also have long-term success. The word prospect is defined as "the possibility of future success."

Future success – not future mediocrity.

When determining the rankings below, there are a multitude of things to consider. Will they reach their potential? How much improvement has to happen? A position player may have all five-tools – but will he learn to use them at a major league level? How far have they come in the past year? How far can they go? How have they regressed?

Those are just a few of the questions one needs to ask in determining a prospect's status. But – there is one trait that can't be measured – what the eye sees. It is an important quality and one that a scout lives by – his eyes. When talking about a prospect, there is a certain level of overzealousness. The eyes don't lie.

If you have a firm understanding of the mechanics of pitching and hitting, you can be more confident in your assessment. Scouts don't look at stats. While production is certainly worth noting, gems can be found by watching the player, their mechanics, the break of the pitch, the swing plane – the list goes on and on.

The top 60 San Diego Padres ranked below are a blend of more than just traits, tricks, assessments, theories, beliefs, and eyes. Not only do we see every player, we back it up by talking to players, coaches, and scouts. If we don't see a player, he is not ranked. It would not be fair to you or them if we took the liberty of ranking them without laying eyes on their abilities.

1. Simon Castro - RHP

An electric arm that could not find the strike zone three years ago has met each task assigned with flying colors. His command has improved, his grasp of the English language is excellent, and his secondary pitches have become average to plus pitches. He has a plus fastball with deceptive arm action and a plus slider. His changeup has improved so much that he now uses it in off-counts to get hitters bailing. He has a chance to skyrocket through the system next season.

2. Jaff Decker - OF

After decimating the Arizona Rookie League, Decker continued his assault in the tough Midwest League. At 19, he showed blossoming power and an uncanny ability to put bat to ball. He has such terrific hand-eye coordination that there are times when he will swing outside of the zone. His overall pitch awareness and recognition are unparalleled for such a young age, and he figures to get even better with time. Decker has worked hard to shed some weight and that will aid him in the future.

3. James Darnell – 3B

Athleticism, burgeoning power, and plate discipline combine to make one heck of a talent. Darnell has a combination of tools that make him an immense talent because of his ability to take the ball deep and hit for a high average while boasting a high on-base percentage. He has plus tools across the board and could move positions without any effect to his rankings. He has a line drive swing that added a touch of lift this season, giving him true plus power potential as he continues to refine the nuances of his swing.

4. Cory Luebke - LHP

Since undergoing a total revamp of his deliver, Luebke has shown what he is capable of doing. The southpaw has a plus fastball with command of his secondary pitches. Now that he has a better downhill plane and finish to his pitches, his command has improved and his ability to work low in the zone has been consistent. With a smoother delivery, Luebke has matched the hype coming out of college and is a middle of the rotation starter that could help as soon as 2010.

5. Logan Forsythe – 3B

After stroking the ball extremely well in the Padres Instructional League, the third baseman followed it with an outstanding year in full season, moving all the way to Double-A. An incredible eye combined with his ability to not miss pitches make for hard contacts all over the field. He does not have the power of Darnell but profiles as a high average hitter that will do plenty of damage. He would be best served if he was occasionally more aggressive early in the count.

6. Edinson Rincon – 3B

The hot corner is a hot bed for prospects within the system. Rincon may have the highest ceiling of them all. A powerfully built specimen, Rincon combines patience and power at the tender age of 19 with a maintenance-free swing. As he continues to mature, the refined approach will tighten up even more and the home run power will blossom further. The only real question will be where he plays. Rest assured, his bat will play anywhere on the diamond.

7. Everett Williams - OF

A ton of potential in a frame that is lean and strong. Williams has exceptional speed – in his legs and his bat. The issue he is dealing with now is a significant loop in his swing, bringing his bat out of the hitting zone before its time. He has a solid foundation but the swing plane needs to be changed. Williams is also a plus defender. As with any youngster, maturity and experience are essential.

8. Adys Portillo - RHP

There is no doubting the stuff. He has an electric fastball with plus secondary pitches. Command is an issue but at 17 in the United States, he performed admirably. He is intelligent, is already grasping the English language, and has the will to succeed. Mechanical issues do need to be ironed out, but he has plenty of time to solve those issues. There are times when he flashes a dominant assortment of pitches and times when he looks pedestrian. He has the potential to be a future number one and could go the path of Castro in his development.

9. Keyvius Sampson - RHP

The first thing that sticks out besides his arm is the maturity of the high school pick. He has a strong work ethic for someone so young and a desire to succeed. On the field, he is all business and interested in nothing but getting better. He has an idea of how to pitch and setup hitters. Armed with a mid-90s fastball that has downward movement and easy arm action, as well as developing secondary pitches, Sampson could move quickly.

10. Rymer Liriano - OF

One of the most exciting hitting prospects to come out of the Padres Dominican academy Liriano has breathtaking power. And he is still raw at the dish. Learning to lay off breaking balls and improving his pitch recognition are his primary goals – something he made tremendous strides doing in 2009. He has the type of power that could launch 40 homers annually while doing serious damage in the middle of an order. Liriano simply needs game experience to put all the pieces together.

11. Wynn Pelzer - RHP

One of the best arms in the system, Pelzer combines a moving two-seam fastball with a wipeout slider. The changeup remains a pitch that needs improvement. Pelzer is a bit of a perfectionist and that will hurt him at times, as he is constantly tinkering with his delivery and has a tough time getting into a flow. Moved to the third base side of the rubber, he found instant success with the natural run on his pitches. There are some who believe he could be a filthy reliever, but knowing he once tossed a nasty splitter, it is simply a matter of time before he masters the changeup and puts it altogether.

12. Jonathan Galvez – SS/2B

Coming from Latin American, Galvez immediately surprised with his plate discipline. In a wiry body, he also showed he has significant pop. While he would be best served to add muscle to his maturing frame, Galvez has a clean swing with solid bat speed, helping him hit the gaps with regularity. There are concerns about his defense, as he tends to want to make a flashy play and his arm is average, but the bat and his ability to recognize pitches could be special.

13. Lance Zawadzki - SS

A plethora of tools has accompanied Zawadzki throughout his career. Getting all of them to shine at one time has been a struggle. He is still a bit bullheaded and takes a bad at-bat into the field or a poor defensive play to his next at-bat. While he will have to improve upon pitch selection, Zawadzki has power from both sides of the plate and excels as a base runner with plus speed. He has a terrific arm but needs to improve his footwork and balance.

14. Aaron Poreda – LHP

Acquired in the Jake Peavy deal, Poreda has a plus fastball, but if the command of that pitch is off, he gets into trouble. The major knock on him has been the lack of quality secondary pitches. If he plans on staying in the rotation, Poreda will need to make strides with his changeup and breaking ball. His future success hinges upon the development of his off-speed pitches. He has the ceiling of a top flight starter or could play a role in the back of the bullpen.

15. James Needy - RHP

Another mature high schooler that gets great downward plane on his ball, using his height to his advantage to change a hitter's eye level. Needy hits his spots with regularity and shows an advanced feel for pitching – knowing when to come out attacking and when to get a hitter to chase. His ball has so much movement that he can throw it down the middle and watch it dart. Needy has some mechanical issues to clean up, specifically with his line towards home plate.

16. Anthony Bass - RHP

A four-pitch repertoire – each that he can throw for strikes – gives Bass a distinct advantage on the hitter. He has a slightly above average fastball and mixes his pitches well. With deception in his delivery, the ball jumps on hitters and makes it difficult for them to recognize his offerings before committing. He works down in the zone and isn't afraid of contact. As he matures, expect his strikeout numbers to rise.

17. Jeremy McBryde - RHP

A back injury derailed what was a very promising year for the right-hander. Usually headstrong and resistant to the use of the changeup, McBryde saw how it aided his overall game and adapted to its use. With a heavy sinking fastball that is in the low-90s and quality slider under his belt, the changeup was the missing ingredient. If he can continue to use it in all counts, McBryde has a bright future. Questions remain about his work ethic.

18. Chris Fetter - RHP

The Michigan alumnus took the system by Storm with his mastery of the strike zone. He throws a low-90s fastball and gets good downward plane on the ball. His affinity to throw inside has earned him praise, and Fetter is also adept at working the outer half. His slider could be tightened up and his changeup is serviceable. As his delivery is refined, his secondary pitches should improve. He may even have more velocity in the tank.

19. Drew Cumberland - SS

Injuries continue to plague Cumberland. Part of it is his hardnosed style of play and the other side may just be bad luck. Either way, he needs game experience to truly grow as a player and is close to being labeled as injury-prone. When he is on the field, Cumberland is an exciting player who can make things happen with the bat and his legs. Routine groundouts aren't so routine and his ability to steal bases continues to improve. Cumberland has an advanced feel for pitch selection but must start anew each time he comes back from injury, making rhythm a foreign concept.

20. Cedric Hunter - OF

There is no denying the struggles of Hunter in 2009. Since he doesn't walk a lot, everything he does is tied to his average. One of the issues he faces is his excellent bat control. Because he has terrific hand-eye coordination, Hunter will expand his zone and rarely misses the ball. The result is weak grounders – some which went through on the faster California League surface. Now, he must refine his approach and become selective to take advantage of his innate ability to strike the ball. Hunter must also get stronger.

21. Jerry Sullivan - RHP

A hard-thrower, Sullivan has had to change his mental approach from being a strikeout thrower to a pitcher that will accept contact. He had a tough time adjusting to life in the bullpen, as he is a stickler for routine. His power fastball and slider will have to be complimented by a changeup. He has a solid downhill plane but will have to improve upon staying back through his delivery so he can get on top of pitches. When he drifts forward, the ball has a tendency to rise up in the zone and get pounded.

22. Dexter Carter - RHP

While his assimilation to the Midwest League didn't go well, Carter remains a talented pitcher that could be the key component of the Jake Peavy deal. Carter throws in the low-90s with an excellent hammer. Lacking fastball command, however, put him in positions where he could not use the plus curveball. Carter needs to work on the changeup – it is currently a show-me pitch that is lacking confidence.

23. Sawyer Carroll - OF

It only seemed like a quiet year because Carroll spread his wealth across three leagues. He has cut down his tendency to wrap his bat towards the pitcher on delivery and put himself into a better hitting position. As a result, Carroll can allow the ball to travel deeper and get better pitch recognition. He has enough power to hit home runs but is more of a doubles hitter that will produce a high average. He is a solid base runner with average speed that he knows how to use and is a quality defender.

24. Eric Sogard – 2B

The man with the plan – Sogard goes into every at-bat with an identifiable action he wants to see and is very good at executing to achieve the desired result. A doubles hitter, he does not get out of what he can do by trying to swing for the fences but rather takes what the pitchers give him. He has an excellent batting eye and a strike zone that seems to continually shrink. His biggest question is his defense, as he lacks lateral range.

25. Blake Tekotte - OF

When he worked to eliminate the wrap in his swing that caused his path to the ball to be elongated, Tekotte lost the timing that made him so deadly. As he became more comfortable with the revamped swing, he began striking the ball with authority. He can turn on an inside fastball and send it into the bleachers while also lining balls all over the field. He is a catalyst that spurs the rest of his team on and can become a force on the base paths with more experience.

26. Jorge Reyes - RHP

There is no debating the talent and electricity within this arm. The question is which player will show up – the dominant one that could have been a top pick or the one that struggled and suffered adversely on the mental side of the game. Reyes has a solid fastball and a plus slider. If he can compete mentally and leave some baggage behind, Reyes could elevate himself into a top prospect.

27. Allan Dykstra – 1B

It wasn't until August that Dykstra began to swing the stick with authority, catching on to the many changes the Padres asked him to make. He has worked hard to get better load and separation while changing his stride to be more direct to the pitcher. While he remained patient, leading the minors in walks, he wasn't able to hit the inside fastball until late in the year. Dykstra has to carry over the massive overhaul in his swing into next season to be over the hump. He has immense power.

28. Luis Durango - OF

For years, his prospect status has been doubted. What more can he do? Durango continues to hit for a high average and post a high on-base percentage. His defense has made vast improvement. His stolen base efficiency has also improved. One thing he needs to do is add strength. By keeping the fielders honest with the ability to hit balls into the gaps, the field will open up for him to bunt, slap balls over the infielder's head or drive balls.

29. Cesar Carrillo - RHP

Fastball command has been an issue, and he went to more four-seam fastballs as a result during the season. Carrillo needs to find the confidence in his two-seamer, as the straighter four-seamer won't aid him in the majors if that is all he has. His curveball has become sharper over the last year and the changeup remains an effective pitch. The velocity has returned to pre-surgery form so it all boils down to his ability to spot his fastball on both sides of the plate.

30. Matt Antonelli – 2B

Successive down years have dropped Antonelli from top prospect to the unknown. What was a solid hitting foundation has been turned into a tinkering affair seeking the right concoction that will get him back on track. A loss of confidence has hindered his ability to make adjustments and stick with them. He was given an opposite field approach in September and the Padres hope that gets him out of his funk. He still has a great batting eye, and if he rebounds he has some power and athleticism to be a quality player at the major league level. With a drought that has lasted for over two years, however, struggles have become the norm.

31. Dan Robertson - OF

Robertson is a sparkplug that makes his teammates better. One year might have been a fluke but two years of hitting is a pattern. He has a simple, compact swing and is able to recognize the breaking ball. He is a fierce competitor that hates to strikeout but does not take his aggression from at-bat to at-bat or out to the field. He is one of the top defensive outfielders in the system and can play all three spots equally well. He is also a clutch performer that does all the little things well.

32. Nick Schmidt - LHP

The left-hander poured his heart into his recovery from Tommy John surgery and came out flashing four pitches he could throw for strikes. He eventually hit a wall in Lake Elsinore when his arm was tired and his pitches became elevated. Schmidt throws inside and mixes his pitches well. He has a plan on the mound and is adept at pitch sequencing. The 2010 season should be a good indication of how good he can and will be.

33. Will Inman - RHP

So many things have changed over the years with Inman that it is hard to get a beat on the type of pitcher he will be. His arm angle and motion are in constant motion and finding a repeatable delivery is essential to his overall success. Because of the continued tinkering, gaining command of all his pitches has been secondary. Inman has a quality fastball that reaches the low-90s with deception and a plus curveball. His changeup and overall location needs improvement.

34. Vince Belnome – 2B

A late round pick in the 2009 draft, Belnome came in and knocked the cover off the ball. A solid hitting foundation and rhythm to his swing gives him power and the ability to hit the gaps. He came in without the typical aluminum bat swing and has great separation and weight transference, allowing him to see the ball well and get his bat head quickly through the zone. Belnome's defense is the biggest question mark, as he is not agile laterally.

35. Cole Figueroa – 2B/SS

A solid all-around performer, Figueroa does everything well but does not have an exceptional tool that sticks out more than any other. A son of a big leaguer, he is the most fundamentally sound player in the organization. There are no glaring holes within his game, as he does all the little things well. He is rarely caught out of position defensively and comes into each at-bat with a plan, oftentimes executing it.

36. Ernesto Frieri - RHP

The right-hander has a mid-90s fastball with developing secondary pitches, thanks to his move to the rotation a year and a half ago. He might be better suited for a bullpen role but has the charisma and fortitude to thrive under pressure. Frieri does suffer from bouts of wildness, particularly with fastball command. If he can show consistency with his secondary offerings, Frieri has a future in a rotation.

37. Bo Davis - OF

A hand injury cut short an impressive debut season. Davis has terrific hand-eye coordination and can put the bat on almost any ball. With plus speed and solid defense, he has the makings of an interesting player. He needs refinement, specifically with his stance. He has such a wide base that there may be untapped power held within his frame. Once the mechanical changes are implemented, Davis could jump up the prospect charts.

38. Corey Kluber - RHP

A quiet demeanor and levelheaded approach can scare some away from Kluber but his stuff says otherwise. Armed with a clean delivery, the right-hander has a low-90s tailing two-seam fastball and solid secondary pitches. He gets in trouble with his sometimes methodical approach between pitches, as the mental game can take its toll on the effectiveness and confidence in his pitches. When he increases the pace, Kluber's stuff is as good as anyone else.

39. Craig Italiano - RHP

It seems he will be in relief moving forward, dropping him in the rankings as a result. Italiano has a strong fastball/slider combination from a three-quarters arm slot that is free and easy. His slider is a true wipeout pitch that hitters have a tough time picking up and the fastball sits in the mid-90s. A third pitch would push him over the top. Italiano is a candidate to move quickly.

40. Matt Lollis - RHP

The big man signed late and got exposure in Arizona and instructs, showcasing a downhill plane on his fastball in order to maximize his effectiveness. He will have to work on keeping his mechanics in line, as he is prone to drifting, but the right-hander has a solid assortment of pitches that should improve in time. He is a candidate to make a quick ascension up the list.

41. Brandon Gomes - RHP

A plus fastball combined with a deadly splitter gives Gomes a nasty combination. His split-fingered fastball is so good that the Padres have been reluctant to have him develop a changeup. Its late break has everyone thinking fastball before the bottom drops out. Gomes is also a bulldog that can be counted on to work in successive games without complaint. He has the mentality of a closer and could be an asset in San Diego by next year.

42. Bryan Oland - RHP

A fierce competitor with the mentality to thrive as a closer, Oland also has the stuff. He throws in the mid-90s and has a plus splitter/changeup to keep hitters guessing and swinging over pitches. Oland also has a decent slider that wreaks havoc when it is working. He doesn't always stay on top of the pitch but has enough control to expand the zone with it to get the strikeout. It is rare that the opposition gets good wood off him.

43. Nate Freiman – 1B

Further along than Clark was at the same time last year, Freiman came off a season that saw him lead the Northwest League in RBI. He dropped his hands nearly six inches during his load to give him a quicker bat through the zone. Freiman will still get a little long in his swing, as his hands come around before the knob makes its way through the zone. He has improved his glove work around the bag and needs to continue to learn the nuances of first base. His acumen and ability to adapt earned praise.

44. Luis Domoromo - OF

Noted as a player that can hit for power and average while possessing a solid batting eye, Domoromo disappointed in the power category in his DSL Padres debut. With Liriano and Galvez showing power down in the Dominican, more was expected from Domoromo. It could be that he was growing into his body, as he did get a lot stronger in one season, but the concern is valid. He does have an outstanding batting eye for his age and that should aid him moving forward.

45. Brad Chalk - OF

A quintessential leadoff hitter that does all the little things well, Chalk has begun to adjust in the power department. While he certainly won't be a threat to hit homers, he kept the defense honest with his ability to turn on the inside pitch and drive the ball into the gaps. He remains more of a slap hitter that has a high contact rate. Chalk can hit behind runners and put down a bunt but showed some muscle this season to keep outfielders from crowding in to take away his line drive hits. He is a plus defender in center field.

46. Alexis Lara - RHP

About halfway through the 2009 season, Lara found the key to success. A max-effort pitcher, he saw some smoothing out in his delivery and stopped trying to throw every pitch through the catcher's mitt. The result was an easy 95 mph fastball to go with an already plus changeup. His command also improved. Lara misses a lot of bats because he not only has deception in his delivery, making his fastball appear even harder than it already is, but it also stems from the fact that his changeup is thrown with the same arm motion as his heater, routinely fooling hitters.

47. Emmanuel Quiles - C

A terrific catch-and-throw receiver with a cannon arm and improving skills at blocking balls, Quiles' bat is the primary question. He made significant improvements this season, largely because he began to take the first pitch of each at-bat. Instead of swinging at everything, as was his modus operandi a season ago, Quiles proved that he could take steps forward. He is still a hacker that prefers putting the bat out there versus taking a walk and will need to continue improving pitch recognition and discipline but the signs remain positive.

48. Aaron Breit - RHP

A talented pitcher that has been an enigma for years, Breit seems to have turned the corner with his development. A plus curveball to go with a quality fastball can give hitters fits when his changeup is working. He is still prone to hitting too much of the plate but the changeup neutralizes his mistakes when he can get that pitch over. He still has a ways to go before this becomes the norm and not the aberration.

49. Mitch Canham - C

He has the stick to be a high average hitter that continues to improve in the power category. The continued knock is his defense. He has improved in game calling and his ability to handle the staff but his short-arm throws are still weak, giving him problems catching runners. He has played some outfield this year but his true prospect worth is related to his ability to stick behind the dish where he is a vocal leader.

50. Brad Brach - RHP

One of the quickest workers off the mound, Brach keeps his fielders in the game and on their toes. He is also a strike thrower that is one of the few in the organization who is allowed to throw a splitter. He has pinpoint control of his fastball and the splitter has late drop, getting hitters to commit before they recognize the pitch. Brach also has a closer's mentality – forgetting what happened the day before to focus on the day at hand.

51. Jason Hagerty - C

A switch-hitting backstop that is relatively new to catching, Hagerty has an abundance of tools that make him an interesting prospect. Experience will be a big key in his success, as will his ability to mature as a hitter with two different swings. He is a quiet leader and will need to be more vocal moving forward but frames the ball well and is learning the nuances of calling games. He also has a good arm but needs to work on accuracy and footwork.

52. Chad Huffman - OF

The Padres were hoping for a breakout year and didn't get it until August. He has a solid approach at the dish but may have given the league too much credit and couldn't battle back when behind in the count. As a result, his pitch selection and recognition regressed through much of the year. He has gap power with the ability to send the ball over the fence. Huffman also plays a solid defensive game with smart route running and an accurate arm.

53. Matt Clark – 1B

There is no denying the 100-RBI season that Clark produced and the power contained in his frame. What is in question is how it will translate at the higher levels. He still has holes in his swing that can be exploited and had more men in scoring position than any other player in the system during the 2009 campaign. He has improved defensively with his lateral movement but also has some trouble digging balls out of the dirt.

54. Beamer Weems - SS

A smooth defender that could play at a premium level in the big leagues at shortstop, Weems still has growing to do offensively. Added weight last off-season helped him push balls into the outfield but as his strength waned, the balls became ground outs. He has improved his pitch selection tremendously but will need to sustain the weight and hit the gaps more for him to play more than a complimentary role in the bigs.

55. Jeremy Hefner - RHP

A winning machine, Hefner has earned 24 victories over the last two years. When he keeps the ball down, Hefner is near impossible to beat. His pitches will, however, elevate and balls that are in the air tend to go for extra bases. He fought against moving to the curveball from the slider but is a better pitcher with the move. He also has a plus changeup and solid fastball that he can move to both sides.

56. Nick Greenwood - LHP

The left-hander has a moving two-seam fastball that hits the high-80s and offers lots of sink. With deception in his delivery as well, hitters have a tough time catching up to the heater and often don't get good wood. The southpaw also has a plus curveball and quality changeup, giving him three effective pitches to pull from. He is very adept at pitch sequencing and throwing first-pitch strikes to set a hitter up for his pitch later in an at-bat.

57. Rafeal Arias - RHP

A flamethrower that hits 96 mph on the radar gun, Arias learned how to locate the pitch at will after struggling with command during extended. He also has a quality slider. What gives him an edge is his mound presence, coming so far in such a short amount of time. He slowed the game down and his confidence improved, allowing his natural talent to take over.

58. Pedro Hernandez - LHP

Hernandez battled confidence issues this year after seeing his changeup get hit for the first time. The left-hander also saw his velocity increase, hitting the low-90s after riding in the high-80s a season ago. He still has to develop trust in his stuff – including a curveball that is more of a show-me pitch today. Time and experience could push Hernandez up the list.

59. Luis Martinez - C

A fundamentally sound catcher with good instincts and a terrific arm to go with quick feet, Martinez made huge strides on the hitting side. He didn't try and be someone he is not, hitting the gaps and keeping the ball on the ground to be effective. If he can continue to show an affinity to hit the ball squarely, Martinez could go a long way. His defensive ability stands out so much that anything he does with the bat will be a boost.

60. Yefri Carvajal – OF

A disappointing year for Carvajal. The power numbers simply haven't met expectations. While he has gotten his hits, he isn't driving the ball with authority and creating the damage that his frame says he should. Compounding matters is the plate discipline shown during instructs disappears when the season comes around, making some question his ability to work hard during the offseason where he should be adapting and putting what he learned into application. He still has all the talent in the world, and it could come together quick or never come at all.

Also, we will come out with our top 60 and beyond in the coming days, profiling approximately 40 more prospects that could make this list in the coming year.

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