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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Where are they now? Position Players

This list was done in Season 13 and here is a "where are they now" update on the Top 10

1. Jonathan Gload Cincinnati – CF – DraftSea11rd1 – Proj: 94 – ETA: Season 15 –

Then
Outstanding ratings in almost every category, although only average in durability, health, and batting eye. Surprisingly, his career OPS in the minors has yet to creep over 1.000, although it should only be a matter of time. If he can stay on the field, he will be a Hall of Famer.

Now
Durability is the only thing keeping Gload from the MVP. In two ML seasons, he has batted over .300, slugged over .525, and might be able to go 35/35.

2. Benji Neill Chicago – 2B – DraftSea10Rd1 – Proj: 95 – ETA: Season 14 –

Then
The first pick in Season 14, he should be a yearly contender for the batting crown. He will crush lefties and be above average against righties due to his tremendous eye and ability to get the bat on the ball. In AA in Season 13, he got on base half of the time, an amazing feat that will translate well to the bigs. Consummate #3 hitter.

Now
Two time all star and silver slugger and another candidate to go 35/35. career .330 hitter and an OPS over 1.000. A stint on the DL thwarted a run at the MVP in Season 16.


3. Jose Segui Burlington – 3B – IFASea10 – Proj: 91 – ETA: Season 14 –

Then
Acquired from the Knee Bucklers for two top prospects, he should crack the Coat Factory’s lineup next season and be a nice replacement for the departing Brent Sabel. No apparent weaknesses, other than having to fill some pretty big shoes.

Now
Gold Glove and Silver Slugger 3B in Season 15, he should rebound from a sub-par (for him) season last year.

4. Quinton Trammell Chicago – SS – DraftSea13Rd1 – Proj: 91 – ETA: Season 18 –

Then
Another stud in the Chicago system, this Ute has it all – intangibles, glove, durability, batting eye. Not an excellent hitter, but should be an All Star.

Now
Slowly moving through the Chicago system, should be a regular contributer at the ML level this season or next.

5. Derek Burgess San Juan – SS – DraftSea13Rd1 – Proj: 90 – ETA: Season 18 –

Then
This slick fielding SS has solid intangibles and above average hitting ability. Will be one of the few defensive SS in the league with the ability to hit.

Now
Should join his Norfol teammates this season and contribute. Career .300 in the minors.


6. Rube Swann Los Angeles – SS – Draft12Rd1 – Proj: 90 – ETA: Season 17 –

Then
Contact, power, and vs. lefties in rare company. May be better suited as a 3B, and may not be as effective vs. righties. Otherwise, an amazing prospect and future stud for LA.

Now
AAA MVP should be joining the Hollywoods this season and contribute to a run at the World Series.

7. Wendell Reed Burlington – SS – DraftSea9Rd1 – Proj: 90 – ETA: Season 14 –

Then
A marginal SS but terrific prospect regardless. Hampered by injuries, but should be a mainstay in the Coat Factory line-up for years to come. All Star potential.

Now
Season 14 ROY had an off year in Season 15, but still was an All Star and Silver Slugger CF.


8. Kelly Hinch Chicago – 2B – DraftSea11Rd1 – Proj: 90 – ETA: Season 16 –

Then
Extremely talented first pick of the draft that needs more seasoning before entering the big stage. Gold Glove caliber 2B, with excellent speed and above average hitting. A lock for multiple All Star teams.

Now
A Gold Glove and All Star in Season 15, he looks to rebound from an off year last year. He needs to improve on his K ratio to become a star.

9. Alan Flair New York – 2B - DraftSea13rd1 – Proj: 89 – ETA: Season 17 –

Then
Should hit for average and power and be a contender for multiple All-Star games. May struggle vs. lefties and strike out too much, otherwise a very good prospect.

Now
Season 16 all star still hampered by an average eye and difficulties vs. lefties. Demoted to AAA to regain his form.


10. Don Chen Vancouver – LF – IFASea13 – Proj: 89 – ETA: Season 18 –

Then
Inexplicably rushed through the minors, this Japanese outfielder has much to prove to the critics of his 28.1 million signing bonus. Eventually, he should hit for average and power and be a threat for the triple crown. Hopefully, the Otters will be patient with his development.

Now
Thrived in the high altitude in Denver, postinf over 100 rbi's and an OPS over 1.000. Now in Santa Cruz, his number are sure to fall but still a solid player.

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