I got a bit of a late start tonight and when that happens my writing plans for the evening always go out the window. There are a number of “shorter” topics I want to tackle in the coming days, but before I start in on those I wanted to take a moment to direct everyone’s attention Project Prospect.
Why would I refer you over there? Because they unveiled their top-100 prospect list yesterday and because it is a site that I enjoy and read regularly.
Four Minnesota Twins farmhands made their list though they aren’t ranked nearly as highly as they are in some rankings.
Of course to know where our team is going, we have to be aware of the farm systems of the other AL Central teams.
The Kansas City Royals placed 8 players in the top-100 and 4 of those cracked the top-20. That’s not surprising since they are the top ranked system in almost everyone’s eyes. 1B Eric Hosmer at #5 and RF Wil Myers #6 lead their prospect pack.
Next up, in terms of quantity, we have the Cleveland Indians who placed 5 players on the list. Their group is headed by 3B Lonnie Chisenhall at #25. The Twins fall comfortably in the middle of the pack with the 4 previously mentioned players. After the Twins are the Chicago White Sox who have 3 prospects listed. Their contingent is topped by 3B Brent Morel while Chris Sale and Dayan Viciedo can be found in the 70s. Bringing up the “rear” in the division is Detroit. The Tigers placed only 2 players in the Project Prospect top-100. 3B Nick Castellanos was their top ranked guy at #32 while Jacob Turner came in at #55.
Of course it’s not all about quantity. I would much rather have the duo of Castellanos and Turner than the White Sox trio. Along those lines I am also more enamored with the 4 Twins that made the list than I am with the 5 Indians. The Royals are ridiculously stacked boasting the quantity and quality that makes them easily the class and envy of the division.
For reference, I’ve added the Project Prospect top-100 to the Puckett’s Pond prospect rankings page and have made a few other tweaks as well.