Originally posted on The Southpaw  |  Last updated 11/22/11
As i mourn both the MVP vote and the signing of Joe Nathan in Texas (and cast a wistful glance at the stats for Houston Street) I lay aside the past and look again to the future
I'm totally changing up the way I list the prospects this year. I have, on my spread sheet, a "ranking" of no less than 150 players in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. A few of them I'll take out because they've lost their rookie eligibility even though in my mind they are still prospects because they haven't firmly established their grip on the major league roster, but there's still a ton of names. obviously the VAST majority are not likely to ever suit up in Toronto, but I don't like for a player to sneak up on my, so I pay attention to all of those who are interesting in any way.
In an effort to share my obsession with you, I intend to at least call the name of 100 players. to repeat, these are not "prospects" in the sense of having great promise to make an impact in Toronto. I think there are 30-40 guys you should be enthused about in the Jays system and, statistically, you'll be lucky if a third of those are real difference makers.
But it's also true that guys who were not in that top 30 last year are very important players this year, and guys who are not now, might very well be there a year from now. So I try to be exhaustive.
In years past I've avoided the more traditional "count-down" listing format preferring to just start with #1. But this year I will go with the reverse list simply by the nature of this week-long project. What I intend to do is write four columns, beginning with this one, with 25 players on each. I'll going to be very clear in saying that the lower on the list you are, the less the "rankings" actually mean. In this first installment (100-76) they are almost completely useless, in the next they reflect somewhat the concept of which players might be more prone to break out and jump into the top of the list (as Nestor Molina did this year). In the third installment, I begin to really sort of focus on "this guy is better than that guy" (and that defined as a balance of tools, the likelihood he can effectively use them, and accomplishment so far).
It's only the Top 25 where I consider the number beside the name to really mean something important in terms of reflecting my views. The higher we go on the list, the more likely I'll want to comment on the player. Which means, of course, that i won't say much about these guys.
100. Scott Campbell (2B) - injuries wiped out his career, a lot of sentiment in this ranking 99. Marcus Brisker(CF) - tools, hasn't panned out 98. Jon Jones (OF) - speedy guy but not blazing 97. John Anderson (LHP) - tons of injuries 96. Ryan Tepera (RHP) - classic Org Guy 95. Art Charles (1B) - a guy who could move up some 94. Adric Kelly (RHP) - some thought a sleeper in 2010 draft 93. Nico Taylor (OF) - very low pick, but nice start 92. Kevin Aherns (3B) - pretty much ready to give up on former 1st rounder 91. Justin Atkinson (SS) - versatile infielder from 2011 draft 90. Kevin Patterson (1B) - could move up next year 89. Devy Estrada (RHP) - loved his work pre-'11, scouts insist it won't play at higher levels. 88. Shane Opitz (SS) - some think he has promise 87. Ericdavis Marquez (LHP) - Awesome in DSL, 20 a touch old for that league 86. Ron Uvideo (RHP) - respectable stats, might be a fringe major leaguer for a bit 85. Zach Adams (LHP) - slow start, praised pick at #15 in 2010 84. John Tolisano (OF) - more disappointment from the '07 high schoolers 83. Dayton Martze (RHP) - mixed opinions from me here 82. Andrew Burns (SS) - 11th round pick in '11, same as Opitz in '10 81. Justin Jackson (IF/OF) - looked like possible break-out into June then fell completely apart 80. Kevin Pillar (RF) - good stats, but old for league 79. Brady Dragmire (RHP) - here a good thing or two about this pick 78. Ryan Goins (SS) - not bad, just not taking off either 77. Dustin Antolin (RHP) - comeback from TJ this year, could make big jump next year 76. Ryan Schimpf (2B) - just a guy
Up next - 75-51
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