Prospects that could impact their teams in 2009…

April 13, 2009 at 1:16 am (Sports)

Minor league baseball has been an obsession of mine for the last few years, so I can’t help but make a post about it. Here is a list of some of the top prospects that could impact their teams this year:

David Price

Familiar Faces: If you have been a baseball fan for the past year or so, you probably know the names Matt Wieters and David Price. They are the two best prospects in baseball (good luck choosing between the two) and are two easy choices for this list. Wieters is likely the best catching prospect ever  (a combination of Mike Piazza and Joe Mauer) and is starting the year in Baltimore’s  AAA affiliate Norfolk. David Price is a left handed pitcher that solidified his place in baseball history last october when het got the final out in the 2008 ALCS. He features both a phenomenal fastball and curve, and looks to be a dominating pitcher as soon as he is called up again. These guys are no brainers.

Texas Aces: The Rangers have already showcased their powerful offense this season, posting 20 runs in a two game series against Clevland…but what about pitching? How far can you go when your pitching staff boasts guys like Brandon Mccarthy and Vicente Padilla? Have no fear Ranger fans because help is on the way. Neftali Feliz is considered by most scouts as one of the best prospects in the game (ranks 10th on the Baseball America list). His arsenal includes a blistering 99 MPH fastball that has been ranked an 80/80 pitch (almost unheard of), as well as a promising curve and changeup. Combine his impressive stuff with a good frame (6,3 180) and youth (only 20 years of age) and you have a pitching phenom in the making. Like Neftali, Holland throws a sizzling fastball (has touched 98 MPH) to go along with a plus changeup, and a solid slider. The fact that Holland throws from the left side is another plus that will make him that much more effective in the majors. Both Holland and Feliz are currently in AAA and could be up in the majors before the all-star break!

Canadian Baseball?: J.P. Arencibia, although a tier below Wieters, is very good catching prospect (good enough infact to be rated by Baseball America as the 2nd best prospect in the Blue Jays system). He showcases elite power potential as well as good defensive traits that should see him develop into an extremely solid catcher in the majors. The Blue Jays aren’t exactly deep at catcher either (with Michael Barrett and Rod Barajas splitting catching duties), so you should see J.P. called up sooner rather than later. Brett Cecil is another solid Blue Jay prospect. He silenced all doubters last year by posting a 2.88 ERA across three minor league levels. Cecil features a solid fastball that is throw in the mid to low 90’s and a dominating slider (think Randy Johnson)…With the numerous amount of oft injured pitchers on the Blue Jays staff, watch for Cecil to make his debut sometime this year.

The Forgotten Man: As most of you can remember, the Brewers traded for C.C. Sabathia last year and rode him all of the way to the playoffs. But who was he traded for? Matt Laporta is the answer to that question and could start to making Indian fans forget about C.C. as soon as this season. Laporta has show tremendous power (.539 slugging percentage last year) to go along with a truly mature batting eye. Although Laporta tailed off in minor league production after the trade, look for him to rebound this year and make the team somtime this summer.

Thats all folks, thoughts welcome!

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