One of Extra P’s stated goals for this season is to track some of baseball’s top prospects as they play minor league ball and try to get to The Show. On that note, here are the Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America and their initial destinations for 2008:
1. Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds – Louisville Bats (AAA)
2. Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays – Durham Bulls (AAA)
3. Joba Chamberlain, RHP, New York Yankees – New York Yankees (MLB)
4. Clay Buchholz, RHP, Boston Red Sox – Boston Red Sox (MLB)
5. Colby Rasmus, OF, St. Louis Cardinals – Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
6. Cameron Maybin, OF, Florida Marlins – Carolina Mudcats (AA)
7. Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers – Jacksonville Suns (AA)
8. Franklin Morales, LHP, Colorado Rockies – Colorado Rockies (MLB)
9. Homer Bailey, RHP, Cincinnati Reds – Louisville Bats (AAA)
10. David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Vero Beach (Advanced A) – Price is also expected to miss the first six weeks of the season with a strained muscle in his forearm
11. Travis Snider, OF, Toronto Blue Jays – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
12. Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles – Frederick Keys (Advanced A)
13. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox – Boston Red Sox (MLB)
14. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates – Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
15. Jake McGee, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
16. Brandon Wood, 3B/SS, Los Angeles Angels – Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
17. Wade Davis, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
18. Mike Moustakas, SS, Kansas City Royals – Burlington Royals (Rookie)
19. Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers – Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
20. Fernando Martinez, OF, New York Mets
I live in New Hampshire, so you can probably look forward to reading a post or two about Snider – unless he gets called up to the big club before I can see him, which seems unlikely. He is battling a sore elbow, so we’ll see how that effects his early usage.
If you’re interested in the breakdown by level, that’s four major leaguers, six AAAs, six AAs, two Advanced As, one Rookie, and one undetermined (my assumption is that Fernando Martinez will start the season in Triple A, but there was no evidence to support that).
Interesting to note, on the heels of the “Is Evan Longoria Ready For The Majors” debate, that three of the four major leaguers play for the Red Sox or Yankees. The Rays, on the other hand, had four names listed in this particular Top 10 list…and all will start 2008 in the minors, three of them at AA or lower.