Down on the Farm

On SI.com, Bryan Smith has his top 75 prospects in baseball, plus honorable mention candidates. Baseball Analysts posts the results in a simple list. From our teams:

Yankees:
4. Phil Hughes (p)
23: Jose Tabata (of)
52: Humberto Sanchez (p)
HM: Tyler Clippard (p)

Red Sox:
42: Jacoby Ellsbury (of)
43: Clay Buchholz (p)
66: Mike Bowden (p)
68. Dustin Pedroia (inf)
HM: Daniel Bard (p)
HM: George Kottaras (c)

Addendum for YFs: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

How will Hughes fare in 07? In his 2006 list, Smith had 2 pitchers in his top 10 prospects: Matt Cain and Francisco Liriano. In 2005 there were 3: Adam Miller, Chad Billingsley, and Felix Hernandez.

13 comments… add one
  • Nice to see Kottaras on the list – that was a nice pickup for Epstein (perhaps some penance for the Cla Meredith mistake), getting something of value for Wells at the deadline.

    SF January 23, 2007, 1:06 pm
  • No mention of Joba?

    Nick-YF January 23, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • kottaras: you get a feeling for the incredible value of jorge/tek when you see just how thin the market is at catcher. look at the list, and there are precious few top level catcher prospects. the yanks are obviously hoping their jesus montero investment pays out. i understand that he had some trouble out of the gate. very young, though.

    YF January 23, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • yeah apparently most people don’t want to crouch down for 2 -3 hours a day, wearing heavy equipment in the summer for 162 games, while taking foul balls off the face-mask, and developing long-lasting knee problems that will end a career early.
    seriously though, it’s amazing no one wants to be a catcher. or at least a good one. has it always been this way, or has there always been a scarcity of good cathcers? or is it that we’re just used to our teams having two of the best?

    m.g. yanks fan January 23, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Well, one of our best prospects is going to be our starting second baseman this year, so I certainly hope he’s considered a decent prospect.

    LocklandSF January 23, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • When I was a kid, no one wanted to catch. It was always some Engelberg-type who ended up back there.

    YF January 23, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • When I was a kid the catcher was the same kid that played goalie for both soccer and hockey, he was also the center for football, he didn’t play basketball, oh and he also had another name:
    The Fat Kid
    Hey, kids are mean, what can you do.

    LocklandSF January 23, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • obviously BA left justin masterson off the list because he’s a “can’t miss” opposed to a “prospect”.
    little league has changed alot. catchers now wear these triangle pads on the back of the shin gaurds that serve as a cushy stool. things have come a long way from the yellowed cup handed down from teams long past.

    sf rod January 23, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • I caught in Little League. I totally loved it. I was definitely an Engleberg-type. And I totally idolized Pudge Fisk, which certainly made it easier to be convinced to get my thumb dislocated every two weeks.
    As I get older, I wonder more why people don’t want to catch. I mean, you control the game, you get to touch the ball on almost every play, you get a different glove than anyone else, and man, that chest protector is slimming.

    SF January 23, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • i guess because it’s completely uncomfortable, and not as glamorous as infield or pitcher. i remember my coach trying to make me catch, but i hated it. i loved roaming the outfield and playing first.

    m.g. yanks fan January 23, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Re: Addendum
    Does this mean we can expect Hughes to show up to spring training overweight, then throw lights out for half a season only to come down with a mystery elbow ailment and disappear?

    SF January 23, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • What I don’t understand is why Bailey is rated above Hughes. Apparently Bailey needs to improve his control to end up in Cincy, while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Hughes aside from his lack of major league experience.
    Meh, they’re right next to each other. Just nitpicking.

    Andrew January 23, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • From what I’ve read, Bailey is favored by some because of raw “stuff” whereas Hughes gets the edge from those who prefer “polish” (in other words, Hughes has much better control). I’ll take the polish.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 24, 2007, 9:02 am

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