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Oct 022009

At the beginning of the season, I wrote that the top-30 prospects that I rated were the worst set of young players that I’ve rated since I started in 2006. This year, the Yankees have shown a marked improvement thanks to three factors:

  • Super-young Latin American prospects stepping up and becoming real prospects
  • College draft picks playing up to their potential
  • Long-term projects coming to fruition.

The Yankees saw some of their top, expensive prospects (Brad Suttle, Jairo Heredia) miss virtually the whole season due to mysterious injury. Brett Marshall, George Kontos, Christian Garcia, Dellin Betances and others got injured at the beginning of the season. Still, the Yankee list is deeper than last year. While they lack the high-end talent of the Hughes-Kennedy-Chamberlain days, they have Jesus Montero to make up for some of that. Damon Oppenheimer is also starting to hit on later-round college picks like David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell, Lance Pendleton, My  further thoughts on individual prospects will be coming during this off-season, but for now here is the top-30 with minimum commentary.

  1. Jesus Montero – No doubt #1. He was a big prospect last year, but Montero is on another level today.
  2. Austin Jackson – Slightly disappointing season, but Jackson is still pretty young and relatively inexperienced.
  3. Zach McAllister – Underrate him at your own risk. McAllister is the real deal.
  4. Austin Romine – He has his batting flaws, but he combines strong defense with offensive skills that few big league catchers have.
  5. Slade Heathcott – Probably a bang or bust guy. But the bang could be quite good.
  6. Mark Melancon – Big league jitters are common for relievers and their small sample sizes. I bet he breaks camp with the Yankees next year.
  7. Arodys Vizcaino – Still very young, but has the potential to become a front-line pitcher.
  8. Andrew Brackman – He stayed healthy, which is great, but he got hammered in the middle of the season.
  9. Manuel Banuelos – Draws praise for polish, stuff, and throwing with the best arm.
  10. Ivan Nova – Ok, I was wrong to dismiss Nova over the past 2 seasons. He finally translated stuff into performance. He’ll be on the 40-man, so look for him in the bigs soon.
  11. Jairo Heredia – We still don’t know the full extent of his injury, but he’s young enough for the lost season to be absorbed.
  12. Jeremy Bleich – Got hit pretty hard in Double-A, but the peripherals were still there. Probably a little light on stuff, but he’s still a future big-leaguer.
  13. Francisco Cervelli – Meet your new backup catcher.
  14. Wilkins De La Rosa – Appeared to get tired late in the season. His K/BB suffered a lot. I’m still betting on him becoming a pretty good reliever.
  15. J.R. Murphy – About as good of a prospect from the late 2nd round that we could hope for.
  16. Kelvin De Leon – Lots of hitting potential, but not on level of a young Montero/Tabata.
  17. Brad Suttle – Mysterious Injury, but he can hit.
  18. Michael Dunn – Walk rate is still too high. He’ll be the first lefty called up after Marte or Coke go down.
  19. Kevin Russo – Carried over his AFL breakout into the regular season. Spent some time injured, but proved he can hit and play good defense.
  20. Juan Miranda – Deserves a major league bench spot somewhere. Made strides in hitting left-handed pitching in 2009.
  21. David Adams – Underrated. He’s a solid 2nd baseman defensively, and it looks like he remembered how to hit.
  22. Corban Joseph – Another middle infielder with a strong debut.
  23. Dellin Betances – I toyed with not including Betances at all. Hopefully his 2009 troubles were the result of injury.
  24. D.J. Mitchell – He’s rising fast. Mitchell is a ground ball machine with solid stuff and good peripherals.
  25. Ryan Pope – Pope is still an intriguing prospect. He got better as the season went on, and still has great control.
  26. Lance Pendleton – Came back from injury and reminded us that he’s a Rice grad. Underdog for a major league call up next season.
  27. David Phelps – John Sickels called this one. Control, durability, strikeout rates, and polish.
  28. Caleb Cotham – Intriguing pick for the Yankees. I’m ready to wait and see.
  29. Zach Kroenke – Suddenly the Yankees and plenty of lefty relief sitting around. Kroenke may be the odd man out, and taken in the Rule V draft.
  30. Brandon Laird – Came back after a poor 1st half to show his 2008 talent. If he can handle Double-A, he’ll shoot up the list.

Honorable Mentions (no particular order): Pat Venditte, Reegie Corona, Hector Noesi, Tim Norton, Neil Medchill, Garrison Lassiter, Graham Stoneburner, Josh Schmidt, Manny Barreda, Eduardo Nunez, Jorge Vazquez, Adam Warren

I’ll be posting on individual prospects out of order. On the docket before the playoffs start: Jesus Montero.

56 Responses to “Top 30 Prospects, Fall 2009”

  1. IMO any top 30 without Eduardo Nunez in is just plain wrong. He is surely better then many on that list.

    We will see where others (Sickles, BA, etc)rank Nunez but he is much better then he is given credit for here.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    I carefully considered Nunez. My biggest problem with him is that he didn’t show much more hitting ability than a bunch of singles in 2009. Is K/BB, power, and batted ball rates were almost identical to previous seasons. BABIP jumped 60 points, but that’s about it. He’s a solid defensive shortstop, but he’s no Ramiro Pena. He’s going to have to hit – and take a few walks – to be a useful MLB regular. Backup shortstop? Maybe.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    He gave up switch hitting this season and still had a fine year at the plate. 9 homeruns and 26 doubles in the Eastern league is very good for a middle infielder. As for his walk rate since August 1st including the AAA playoffs he’s walked 13 in 137 pa. This is not great by any means but shows improvement in the right direction. You make it out that he K’s all the time but 63 on the season in Trenton is more then fine! I watched Nunez and see a work in progress but with a very high ceiling. He has the inside track for the Yankees SS position in 2012 imo.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    I’m going to break my silence on you for this one post… Why cant you except someone disagreeing with you? You can not stand it if someone doesn’t think Nunez is the next Jeter and guess what no one sees him as more than a back up career but you! I’m sure you are the greatest scout not hired by the MLB at this point but no one agrees with you and no one cares if he walked 13 times, if that shows improvement then he has a long way to go to even be a back up by 2012.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    Go away! I am voicing my opinion and I have ZERO respect for yours!  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    Jeez, don’t show your age… It’s a free site and country so I will comment every one of your “opinions” if I want too… Also 12 year olds don’t really matter to me when it comes to my opinion, when you disagree with me I just don’t have the 12 year old vote of confidence and considering you don’t know baseball that is fine with me. :) Go open a “dummies guide to baseball”.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    I find it funny you “voice your opinion” constantly but think everyone elses is garbage as soon as they disagree with you and when someone like me proves your opinions wrong time after time you have zero respect for it… AKA 12 year old reaction…  (Quote)

    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Relax, guys. Why not throw stats at each other instead of insults. If EJ’s right about the peripherals and defense, at 22, he seems like a borderline guy. Decent speed with 19 sbs and a little pop, 9hrs but low obp doesn’t bode well for his eye.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    Tom, Nunez gave up switching hitting this year and put up a .782 OPS. So think about him now seeing all the right handed pitchers batting right handed and I think he did fine. As for his OBP that is why I mentioned 13 BB in his last 137 pa. That suggests he is improving. I know batting average isn’t always a great barometer but he finished 3rd in the Eastern league! The kid deserves to be mentioned as a top 30 prospect without a doubt.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Hey, you could make arguments about the last 10-15 guys on the list, but it’s not like he’s an uber prospect or anything. His numbers are decent but nothing special. Average power, average obp, slightly above average speed, below average defense. He just doesn’t have a tool that stands out. Like you said, BA isn’t a good barometer and his avg seems clearly inflated by his BABIP. Even a guy like Cano, who wasn’t a huge prospect, put up mid .800s OPS a year younger in the EL. You’re just not a guarantee on any lists with average numbers and no standout tool. If you have a scout that raves about his swing or something, that would obviously change things. I, personally haven’t heard any raves, though. Have you gotten any different reports?  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    Tom, I will wait to see what Sickel’s and BA think. I know they are not definite answer when it comes to a prospect but they do talk to scouts and managers. I believe both will have him ranked.  (Quote)

  2. Love the list, EJ. I think Warren deserves to be in the top 30, but we’re obviously not going to agree on every little thing. I’m surprised to see Pendleton make it, but I was impressed by the numbers he put up this season. Tim Norton would be on the same boat, but he was out with some mysterious injury for the end of the season.

    Good list, it’s always nice to compare lists and see how different people rank the same system.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    Warren was actually the last one cut. It came down to the simple fact that pretty much every regular on Staten Island’s team had an ERA below 2.74. While the Yankees could have guessed extremely well and just stacked a really nice pitching staff, its also possible that their level of competition was poor.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    I really hope to see Lance Pendleton make it up the bigs next year, he went to my high school and grew up in my town in Houston so that would be pretty cool to see a kid from where I grew up not only in the majors but the Yankees.  (Quote)

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  3. I really want to see Zach McAllister make a call up at some point next year, I really think this guy could stick on as a 4th or 5th starter for a while to come.  (Quote)

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  4. What’s up with Humberto Sanchez? The next Brien Taylor? He was so touted after the Sheff trade and I for one would have let Sheff go for nothing, I figured he would amount to something. Still in the mix at all or too old and fat?  (Quote)

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    Greg F. Reply:

    In the mix as a reliever, actually put up some decent numbers this season. His days as a starter are over, though.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    Yeah and I doubt he ever reaches the “set up man” or “closer” potential he started with but he could make it as a middle reliever with the club at some point.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    Its just been so long since Sanchez has had a healthy season. Yes, he had the surgery, but there is plenty of other health-related issues to validate our concerns. For one, he’s fat, out of shape, and has never been much of an athlete. Even when he was with the Tigers, that was the critique of Sanchez. And years later he is getting old, with diminished stuff, and he’s still fat and out of shape. I’m ready to cut bait on him. But middle relievers can be weird, so you never know.  (Quote)

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  5. I’m under the impression that he is a pretty bad shortstop. I’ve heard he has below average range, below average hands,
    but a very strong throwing arm. He also makes a ton of errors. Like EJ, I’m a stats guy, not a scout, so I am going off other people’s scouting reports on his defensive ability.

    EJ Fagan: I carefully considered Nunez. My biggest problem with him is that he didn’t show much more hitting ability than a bunch of singles in 2009. Is K/BB, power, and batted ball rates were almost identical to previous seasons. BABIP jumped 60 points, but that’s about it. He’s a solid defensive shortstop, but he’s no Ramiro Pena. He’s going to have to hit – and take a few walks – to be a useful MLB regular. Backup shortstop? Maybe.

      (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    I’ve heard mixed things. Its so hard to tell with minor league defense. I think that the important thing to know is that he is good enough to play the position, even if he’s not good enough to be a valuable defensive asset. If he can hit reasonable well, he’d probably be able to stick at shortstop.  (Quote)

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  6. What impressed me most about Warren was his increase in velocity and his walk rate. Reports have him sitting 93-94 and touching 96 for Staten Island and his walk rate was more than cut in half from his senior year at UNC.

    EJ Fagan: Warren was actually the last one cut. It came down to the simple fact that pretty much every regular on Staten Island’s team had an ERA below 2.74. While the Yankees could have guessed extremely well and just stacked a really nice pitching staff, its also possible that their level of competition was poor.

      (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    I’ve heard that too, but I’ve seen a lot of inflated velocity reports from the NY-Penn league. We know that Warren has good stuff, and a pretty good college resume. I want to see how his secondary stuff holds up to real competition and real sample sizes. And something funky had to be going on in Staten Island for the whole staff to hold such strong ERAs.  (Quote)

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    Greg F. Reply:

    Good point. Hardball times has the hitting environment here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/offensive-environments-in-the-minors-part-two/

    The league average line in the NYPL was: .245/.320/.350
    That should explain a lot of the low ERAs.
    Line vs. Warren: .233/.268/.271 – that’s impressive. Also, he had a 70% groundball rate which is just ridiculous.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Nice find, Greg – good stuff  (Quote)

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  7. Apparently, I have trouble hitting the reply button, and instead hit the quote button. Sorry about that.  (Quote)

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  8. I like Kevin Russo but I’m not sure how far a single hitting infielder who’s biggest weapon is batting average but with limited power and base stealing potential will go in our system. He just doesn’t seem to fit with any long term plan you can picture at this point with this team, I don’t think he has enough trade potential to let go yet but I think if he is going to get on the field for a major league team it almost certainly will not be long term with the Yankees, I just don’t see a place for him at this time.  (Quote)

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    YankeeGrunt Reply:

    I have to agree with you. The rest of the list looks great, a few judgment calls here and there, but Russo is the head-scratcher. A 25-year old with a good bat but little pop and not enough speed to really factor as a base-stealing threat, seems like a recipe for a AAAA-type. Not a ton of versatility either. To me Adams has much more of an upside, as a gap hitter whose late-season power surge could be a harbinger of things to come.

    And DeLeon may not have had the debut of a Montero, but he’s the #2 prospect in the NYP for a reason: he DOES have that caliber bat, at least as a ceiling.  (Quote)

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    YankeeGrunt Reply:

    Rather, GCL.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    I understand your concern. To me, Kevin Russo is the backup infielder of the Yankees future, but he could easily be (on a second-division team) a starting 2nd baseman in the major leagues. For 2.5 of his 3.5 seasons since being drafted, he has maintained strong hit and walk rates. You’re right that he doesn’t hit for power, but he does hit enough line drives to sustain a batting average.

    But really, I like him on the other side of the ball. The guy can play pretty much any position for us. He’s the perfect super sub. He’s 25 years old, but that’s because he was a late-round college guy. He’s in the Cervelli boat as far as I’m concerned: a sure bet to make the major league bench. That’s a pretty good prospect in my book.

    On DeLeon: He can hit, but he struck out quite a bit too.  (Quote)

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  9. The other Chris H: I find it funny you “voice your opinion” constantly but think everyone elses is garbage as soon as they disagree with you and when someone like me proves your opinions wrong time after time you have zero respect for it… AKA 12 year old reaction…

    You said you were not going to comment on my posts so keep your word please. Stop being petty and your the one in need of growing up.

    As for Nunez I have a right to my opinion.

    Moshe please stop this guy.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    HOLY CRAP BATMAN GENIUS AT WORK LMAO. I have ZERO respect for your opinion…

    You have said all of those in the starts of our conversations, you are the one who needs to grow up, the only “name” I have ever called you was a 12 year old which isn’t a name it’s a assumption of your age based upon your writing and the way it comes off. I tried to settle things with you and your response was “laughing”. Every time you are on this site you give a so called opinion that can’t be wrong and one person disagrees and you can’t even handle it So you either A. mock them or b. tell them they can’t be right with out reading their opinion. You can’t take it that someone doesn’t agree that Nunez is a top whatever prospect and you won’t allow their opinion to matter.

    I really don’t care about you as I assume you really are 12 but I get sick and tired of reading every one of your responses to people when they all sound like a snot nosed 12 year old, it makes me literally ill to read those garbage posts in response to someone disagree with you.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    Dude go away!

    Moshe he continues and continues! I did not comment on any of his posts in over a week. I am doing as you asked and dropped this. He can’t seem to do the same at all. Now he is bringing up my past quotes, why to inflame this situation even more? Can you please make this person disappear?  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    I’m not your “dude” and I really don’t have to “go away”, why don’t you stop posting if it really bothers you.

    Why do you have to cry to someone to handle a problem you started in the first place and now can’t seem to finish it… You are a little kid who can’t handle his problems, you should apologize for being a child, and the only reason you have a problem with past quotes is you know you were wrong and now don’t want admit it… I just want you to admit you are wrong in acting like a 12 year old.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    Laughing again…  (Quote)

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    Eric Schultz Reply:

    Enough  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    Enough tell him enough and to get out of this site if he has a problem with it… This “kid” started all of this with his immature attitude and snot nosed responses to everything and treating peoples opinions like jokes. It’s clear he has no knowledge on the sport since he can’t even defend most of his acquisitions about baseball so he stoops to name calling and distracting people from his actual views being wrong by capitalizing words all the time and making fun of the subject matter like any other 12 year old would.  (Quote)

  10. I know he’s a late comer, but did you consider Romulo Sanchez? As a starter for AAA, he had 77 IP, 4.03 ERA, 79K, 77H…and he sustained velocity in the upper 90s deep into games (see http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/yankees/archive/2009/09/09/september-9-yankees-at-gwinnett.aspx for example)

    Again, he came out of nowhere (Eric Hacker trade), but you can’t argue with the velocity readings or the results.  (Quote)

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    Greg F. Reply:

    I included him in my top 30 for this reason. The velocity and the ground ball rate were very impressive in his return to starting. I think he’s getting overlooked by a lot of people.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    By the way, another guy who gets overlooked is K. Teixeira. He could become a solid middle-reliever. Also don’t ignore Josh Schmidt, who I’m willing to bet will be taken in the Rule V draft by the Padres or Pirates.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    Honestly, I don’t know a lot about the guy. I figured he was just a filler.  (Quote)

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  11. At this point I don’t know if Brackman and Bettances are even prospects let alone top 30.If they belong so does Horne and maybe Humberto Sanchez & Christian Garcia.None may ever make it but any could.
    I sort of think a 2nd baseman who plays pretty good defense and bats .330 in Triple A probably deserves more respect.
    As I’ve said before I think Laird is under rated.He’s a slow starter like Teixeira but in his 2 minor league seasons in different leagues he’s led his team in HR”s twice, his league once and the same with R.B.I’S while hitting for decent averages overall and well over .300 in the later stages.SUre he’s a DH/1st/3rd basem,an but if you can hit for both average and power, you usually make it and Laird does have a brother in the Show which doesn’t hurt.
    A guy like Grant Duff who is now throwing 96-97 supposedly as a reliever is also probably a better prospect than some of these 5’10-5’11 advanced young pitchers who’s upside is probably more limited.
    How many 5’10-5’11 guys really succeed big time.Just a few.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Minor league relievers are notorious for being left off of top 30 lists. Their sample sizes are just so small, and typically if a guy is a good prospect, he starts in the minors and is only converted in AAA or the bigs (with some notable exceptions).  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    So, I think that Brackman deserves a little more credit than he’s getting. Brackman has very little experience for a player his age. In a season coming off Tommy John Surgery, he got hit very hard after a decent stretch to begin with. At this point, we’re happy that he’s healthy, and managed to hit his innings limit.

    He has tremendous potential. Even more than a guy like Betances. Its not a myth: Brackman has in fact thrown a 100 mph sinking fastball before. He has in the past had a stupendous curveball. And he’s a pretty good athlete despite his height. All that adds up to pretty awesome potential. His chances of getting there? Pretty low. That’s why he dropped down, but the potential hasn’t changed one bit in one season.  (Quote)

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  12. Tom Gaffney: Minor league relievers are notorious for being left off of top 30 lists.Their sample sizes are just so small, and typically if a guy is a good prospect, he starts in the minors and is only converted in AAA or the bigs (with some notable exceptions).

    Maybe the top 30 lists are meaningless then.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    naw, top 30s are fun – it’s just a matter of percentages. It’s really tough for a reliever to make it b/c of their sample sizes. Unless they throw in the mid-to-high 90s, they’re generally ignored – too tough to predict – their stats are virtually meaningless – see Edwar Ramirez. Look at the Yanks pen – most of those guys came through the system as starters (Mo, Hughes, Coke, Marte, Aceves, etc) I think the only minor league reliever is DR (not sure about Bruney, though).  (Quote)

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  13. NMNM NM NM  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    mwahahaha??  (Quote)

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  14. scott l: Tell him to stop this.I did nothing here to inflame this at all.I have not posted about his comments until he went this far.He is acting petty.I find it amusing that I have to admit I was wrong when he called my MOTHER out first LMAO!DUDE GET A LIFE!Finally again laughing at you!

    When did I ever call out your mother? You kid are not only clueless when it comes to baseball you are now a liar and a bad one at that… I will comment every one of your comments I see from now on and disprove any hair brained dumb idea you come up with until you get so tired of it you wont even come on to this site any more. You are the most immature kid I have ever dealt with on the internet which is really saying a lot for the net but you are a liar and a fake and I bet you have never even seen a minor league baseball game or done half of the things you claim on this site. You just keep proving your age with the laughing remark.  (Quote)

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    scott l Reply:

    To those that run this sight please stop this fool! I commented to EJ about Nunez and this fool starts with his BS which was uncalled for. I did nothing to inflame him and have avoided his comments for over a week as asked. Now I am not going to sit here and have this fool call me a LIAR and not say something! Tell him to stop or bane him please. He started all this by bringing my mother into his comments months back which is very wrong to do.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Both of you please stop. We’d like to keep this a respectful site, thanks. Can you please both refrain from name calling and personal attacks – enough with the laughing at yous and calling each other fools and the comments regarding immaturity – if you want to argue, argue about the issue at hand, not about each others’ behavior or personal qualities. Thank you. I don’t care who started it – just be the bigger person and move on.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    1. I never used a person attack 2. I never laughed at anything 3. I never called anyone a fool Stop saying you when everything you listed is directed at this kid.

    Also kid you are a complete liar I never said anything about a mother and I have barley been on this site months so if you are going to lie you need to come up with better ways to get away with your immature behavior. If you don’t like being called a liar don’t lie about stupid stuff and if you don’t want people calling you out for acting immature start acting older than 12 on in the internet and being “Mr. tough guy”.  (Quote)

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    Tom Gaffney Reply:

    Calling people liars and fakes, hare brained, dumb and immature – these are personal attacks, Chris. They have nothing to do with baseball – they’re just attacks on him, just as him calling you a fool, and the whole laughing at you is a personal attack by him. Just stick to baseball, Chris. I value your contributions when you’re focused on baseball, Chris, but if you keep the personal stuff up, we’re going to have to have a conversation about banning you.  (Quote)

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    The other Chris H Reply:

    I won’t let someone like that shit all over my opinions when they are valid as much or more so than most of his half assed ideas, I started off civil but when he took it to an all new immature level I am willing to sink down and handle the issue. You can even read my attempt to resolve the situation and he laughed at it, someone like that doesn’t deserve to be on the net talking sport or anything else with adults. My opinion and I stick to it.  (Quote)

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  15. scott l: Tom,I will wait to see what Sickel’s and BA think.I know they are not definite answer when it comes to a prospect but they do talk to scouts and managers.I believe both will have him ranked.

    Hey, absolutely, if they both have him as a top 10-15 guy, then Maea Culpa (spelling?). I think Sickels is more of a pure numbers guy, though. I don’t think he relies much on scouts.  (Quote)

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