Sunday, February 3, 2008

Baseball America's Top 30 Brewers prospects

While everyone is gearing up for the Super Bowl this evening, Baseball America published their Top 30 Brewers prospects for 2008. Here's a rundown for you:

1. OF Matt LaPorta
2. LHP Manny Parra
3. SS Alcides Escobar
4. RHP Jeremy Jeffress
5. 3B Mat Gamel
6. OF Cole Gillespie
7. SS Brent Brewer
8. C Angel Salome
9. OF Lorenzo Cain
10. OF Caleb Gindl
11. RHP Rob Bryson
12. RHP Mark Rogers
13. LHP Zach Braddock
14. RHP Luis Pena
15. RHP R.J. Seidel
16. C Jonathan Lucroy
17. 3B Taylor Green
18. RHP Cody Scarpetta
19. RHP Nick Tyson
20. RHP Alexandre Periard
21. OF Darren Ford
22. OF Lee Haydel
23. 2B Eric Farris
24. OF/1B Michael Brantley
25. OF Stephen Chapman
26. 2B/OF Hernan Iribarren
27. LHP Steve Hammond
28. OF Charlie Fermaint
29. 1B Chris Errecart
30. OF Brendan Katin

I'm still not completely sold that LaPorta is our #1 prospect over Manny Parra, but I can certainly understand why he is ranked there.

A couple notable things:
  • The Brewers' system has 10 pitchers in the top 20 positions. Who says the Brewers need pitching depth down on the farm? Okay...I still think they do. Almost all of those pitchers are still in the Class-A ranks, and they are much too far away to make any sound judgments on. Then again, Jack Z has seven picks coming in the top 100 in the draft next year. Expect some polished arms from that.
  • Milwaukee's first three picks from last year made the list. LF LaPorta is #1, C Jonathan Lucroy is #16, and 2B Eric Ferris is #23.
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