NL East Top 15 Prospects Wrap Up
Top 15 Prospects: NL East Team Rankings
5. New York Mets – 46%
2. Atlanta Braves – 65%
1. Florida Marlins – 84%
Top 25 Prospects of the NL East
Havens was taken in the sandwich portion of the first round of the 2008 draft. Havens is a likely second basemen in the future, he will play good defense there, and hit for a solid average, and some power.
24. Michael Burgess OF Was
A bad 2008 season, but still has a lot of tools, specifically his power, and arm strength.
23. Eddie Kunz RHRP Nym
Already has made his debut for the Mets, the Mets are looking externally for their next closer, but Kunz will be back towards the back-end of their rotation again in 2009. If he shores up his command he could make for a great closer.
22. Freddie Freeman 1B Atl
Really young, but has been one of the best offensive players in his league thus far. I jumped him up to the fourth ranked prospect in the Braves’ organization since last ranking their prospects.
21. Sean West LHSP Fla
West is the best starting pitcher in the Marlins’ system. He throws a mid 90s fastball with some movement, and a power breaking pitch. Some scouts think he is headed to the bullpen because of his awkward arm action but, I still think he can be a number two or three starter.
20. Jon Niese LHSP Nym
Niese has a killer curveball. I also see him as a number three starter.
19. Zach Collier OF Phi
Collier is athletic, and a potential 5-tooler from the 2008 draft. Collier has a ton of ability, but he is too raw right now to get a good read on him for the future.
18. Kyle Drabek RHSP Phi
Drabek has outstanding stuff, and he has recovered from Tommy John Surgery. I expect him to soar through the Phillies system, and this list next season.
17. Logan Morrison 1B Fla
You said it, and I listened. I have moved Morrison up to the 7th top prospect in Florida's system. Which allows him to be moved onto this list.
16. Chris Coghlan 2B Fla
Coghlan does most things well – except hit for power. That will make him an above-average second basemen, as early as next season if Uggla is moved from second, or traded.
15. Lou Marson C Phi
Had a breakout season offensively, and has always had the defensive capabilities to be a major league catcher. There is not anyone in Philadelphia standing in his way.
14. Kyle Skipworth C Fla
A four-tool catcher, Skipworth was taken with the sixth pick in the 2008 draft. He has a ton of raw power, and should become one of the best offensive catchers in baseball one day. He is extremely raw, so expect the Marlins to take their time with him.
13. Ryan Tucker RHRP Fla
The best reliever on this list, Tucker has great velocity, and command. Although, is going to start the season replacing as the Marlins’ closer, I expect Tucker to finish the season with the job.
12. Matt Dominguez 3B Fla
One of my favorite prospects in all of baseball Dominguez is an exceptional fielder, he also mashed in his first pro season, hitting an unexpected 18 homeruns, while also hitting for a .296 average, and striking out only 68 times.
11. Ike Davis 1B/OF Nym
Another 2008 draftee, Davis has plus, plus power potential. I would love to see him as a corner outfielder, but he may be trapped at first, we’ll see. He should move through the system though.
10. Fernando Martinez OF
I am not high on Martinez. He has lost a lot of his value, as he is not an exceptional fielder, and has not shown power in the minors. He still has a lot of potential, but his clock is ticking.
9. Chris Marrero 1B Was
A great hitter, but was hampered by injuries in 2008. He is also saddled to first base.
8. Jordan Zimmerman RHSP Was
I love this guy. He had a great statistical year in 2008, and throws a plus hard sinker, as well as three other average pitches. He is a front of the rotation starter.
7. Tommy Hanson RHSP Atl
Hanson throws a mid 90s fastball, and a plus, plus curveball. He is only 22, and already pitching well in AA. Hanson struck out 163 batters during the 2008 season.
6. Jordan Schafer OF Atl
Is no longer one of the best prospects in baseball, but Schafer is still a gold glove defender, with a lot of upside on offense – he could be a 20-20 guy every year.
5. Ross Detwiler LHSP Was
Detwiler is still a little raw, but has ace type stuff, with a large arsenal of pitches. He should be starting for Washington by 2010.
4. Carlos Carrasco RHSP Phi
Another personal favorite, Carrasco finished the season in AAA at the age of 21. He had a great season overall, and has absolutely dominating stuff, including a plus, plus changeup, and top notch fastball.
3. Mike Stanton OF Fla
Stanton hits a lot of homeruns, but strikes out even more frequently. He is extremely athletic in the outfield. He is still only 19, so he has plenty of time to refine his game. He has a lot of potential.
Still one of the best prospects in baseball, Maybin will be starting for the Marlins at some point next season. He still is a little bit of a mystery to me, and strikes out a lot.
I have nothing bad to say about Heyward. He is only 19, but you can already get a good idea of what he is going to be in the big leagues. I said it in my Braves article, and I will say it again here .300 batting average, 30 HRs, 20 stolen bases, while playing great defense. What else can you ask for?
NL East First Team All-Prospect
SP Carlson Carrasco
SP Ross Detwiler
SP Tommy Hanson
SP Jordan Zimmerman
SP Jon Niese
CL Ryan Tucker
C Kyle Skipworth
1B Ike Davis
2B Chris Coghlan
SS Wilmer Flores Nym
3B Matt Dominguez Fla
OF Jason Heyward
OF Cameron Maybin
OF Mike Stanton
Honorable Mention: Logan Morrison
NL East Second Team All-Prospect
SP Kyle Drabek
SP Sean West
SP Joe Savery
SP JA Happ
SP Josh Smoker
CL Eddie Kunz
C Lou Marson
2B Reese Havens
SS Anthony Hewitt
3B Jason Donald
OF Jordan Schafer
OF Fernando Martinez
OF Zach Collier
Honorable Mention: Freddie Freeman