Prospect Watch List Part 2 (26-50)

It’s been a busy morning with the start of Pitchers and Catchers reporting and then here at work Servers are crashing and Oracle account(s) locking themselves out. Craziness!

As promised here is Part-2 of the watch-list.  Remember this is fluid listing and not the same as a hard set of ranking. The point of  this is have an easy reference to some the best of the minor league organization. As the listing is fluid, I’d be happy to move a few guys around so long as you can submit sound reasoning for such a move.

Ultimately, I do have the right to disagree with you and keep people where they currently are slotted. But, I’m a pretty easy going and negotiable guy. So … take it away.

26 Matt Mangini 25 3B (1) Draft 2007 (AAA)Tacoma
27 Mike Carp 24 1B/LF Trade (mets) (AAA)Tacoma
28 Dennis Raben 23 1B (2) Draft 2008 (A) High Desert
29 Tom Wilhelmsen 27 RHSP FA (AA) Jackson
30 Yoervis Medina 22 RHSP IFA (low A) Clinton
31 Anthony Vasquez 24 LHSP (18) Draft 2009 (AA) Jackson
32 Erasmo Ramirez 20 RHSP IFA (A) High Desert
33 Jabari Blash 21 RF (8) Draft 2010 (low A) Clinton
34 Brian Moran 22 RHRP (7) Draft 2009 (AA) Jackson
35 Forrest Snow 22 RHRP (36) Draft 2010 (A) High Desert
36 George Mieses 19 RHSP IFA (Short Season) Everett
37 Richard Vargas 19 RHSP IFA (Short Season) Everett
38 Matthew Cerione 23 OF (13) Draft 2009 (A) High Desert
39 James Gillheeney 23 LHSP (8) Draft 2009 (AA) Jackson
40 Seon Gi Kim 19 RHSP IFA (Short Season) Pulaski
41 Anthony Fernandez 20 LHSP IFA (low A) Clinton
42 Josh Fields 25 RHRP (1) Draft 2008 (AA) Jackson
43 Julio Morban 18 CF IFA (Short Season) Everett
44 Steve Baron 20 C (1) Draft 2009 (low A) Clinton
45 Mickey Wiswall 22 1B (7) Draft 2010 (low A) Clinton
46 Steve Hensley 24 RHSP (4) Draft 2008 (AA) Jackson
47 Brandon Maurer 20 RHSP (23) Draft 2008 (low A) Clinton
48 Phillips Castillo 17 OF IFA AZL Instructs
49 Andrew Carraway 24 RHSP (12) Draft 2008 (AA) Jackson
50 Kevin Rivers 22 RF Non-Drafted FA (low A) Clinton

Note:I don’t have the all the links set-up just quiet yet. But, the list is there and you can comment as you see fit.

Topics: Andrew Carraway, Anthony Fasquez, Anthony Fernandez, Brandon Maurer, Brian Moran, Dennis Raben, Erasmo Ramirez, Forrest Snow, George Mieses, Jabari Blash, James Gillheeney, Josh Fields, Julio Morban, Kevin Rivers, Matt Mangini, Metthew Cerione, Mickey Wiswall, Mike Carp, Phillip Castillo, Richard Vargas, Seon-Gi Kim, Steve Baron, Steve Hensley, Tom Wilhelmsen, Yoervis Medina

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  • Tacoma Rain

    Harrison,
    Love the list.
    Just a long winded question though… you have the young int’l players spread out across the list, and I just do not know a lot about these guys to know why Castro should be in the top 50, while Brandol Perez or others signed last year are not. Is this something that you could talk about – either here or in another post.

  • http://www.sodomojo.com Harrison

    It’s funny you mention this TR, I was thinking about that earlier this afternoon. I’ll do some different posts over the season on some of the lesser known prospects. It’s actually what I take the most interest and have the most knowledge.

    I will answer my cause for Castilo over Perez though. I prefer young hitting prospects over young pitching prospects. It’s the simple probability of a statistical outcome. It’s just airing on the side of caution.

    Take Jordan Shipers for example, who is generally rated higher and thought of as a better prospect. This simply a bi-product of more scouting data on him vs Brandol Perez. Who we know, very little at best, about his overall mechanics.

    I should have some stuff on Perez after his stateside debut last this year. I fully expect that Perez jumps into the Top-50 by summers end.

    • Tacoma Rain

      Thanks Harrison.
      The difference between hitters and young pitchers makes a lot of sense.
      Plus any info on some of these kids that Bob Engle and his group has signed through out the years would really be appreciated… Like I kinda remember a shortstop that had both Japanese and South American roots, a hot shot Korean pitcher, a Chinese Olympic team catcher and etc… but I have no idea on names if if they developed into anything or where to even go to find out about these guys.

  • http://www.sodomojo.com Harrison

    You are referring to C/1b Ji-Man Choi who ranks 16th, rhp Seon Gi Kim(who I have a blog post already in the works about) coming a little bit lower #40 overall and then brazlian shortstop Pedro Okuda.

    Okuda kind of dropped off the map after spring training. He had some family issues (his mom had some illness I think) and was assigned to the Mariners VSL team despite being 19 and he also didn’t really excel there like he should have.

    He may come in towards the end of the top-100 list. But, I’m not especially high on him. He may have a pretty aggressive US-assignment this year. It’ll be really interesting to see what the Mariners do with him.

    Oh by-the-way, as a sneak preview for March, Brandol Perez sits firmly at 51 to start off tier 3: 51-75, followed by quiet a few possible middle relief arms.

  • Nick

    I’m interested on any thoughts you might have on Matt Mangini. I know he made the club late last year, but what do scouts have to say about him?

  • Harrison Crow

    I don’t know what the scouts say. But the general opinion is he took a huge step forward with his bat. Defensively there is still a lot of concern as to whether or not he can stick at third.

    It depends on who you ask, but I believe he’ll most likely have to move across the diamond to first. But his bat doesn’t profile as at first base and having Smoak there in the long term means there isn’t really a roster spot for him.

    I like him better than Tuiasosopo, but that’s not really saying a lot at this point. He could be a valuable utility guy or left-handed pinch hitter. Not a lot of huge upside at this point. But the upside is he’s about as ready as he’s going to be.

  • Lailoken

    No James McOwen love?

    • Harrison Crow

      That’s funny…. short on power, speed isn’t exactly “plus” and he’s a 25-year old that blew out his shoulder last year having yet to play above High-A ball. No, I’m not big fan.

      I know he had a huge off-season numbers in Australia but I wouldn’t but much stock into it. Should be able to provide Jackson with a solid and veteran lead off guy.

      On the flip side, Brandon Maurer also had a solid performance in the Australian league this off-season. I’m hoping he can stay healthy and produce big things this coming season.