Top 10 Double-A Position Prospects

October 16, 2011
. . . . . .Rookie / Short-Season / Low-A / High-A / Double-A / Triple-A / Pitchers
@AdamWFoster's 2011 Offseason Prospect Rankings
Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org
1   Mike Trout (eBay)   CF   Seamless transition to AA was highlighted by big jump in power   19.9   LAA
2   Derek Norris (eBay)   C   Power hitter will K & BB a lot; he's a good bet to stick at catcher   22.4   WAS
3   Wil Myers (eBay)   RF   Struggled in large but was one of the youngest hitters in AA ball   20.6   KC
4   Salvador Perez (eBay)   C   Big fella makes loud contact and has a very high power ceiling   21.1   KC
5   Tyler Pastornicky (eBay)   SS   Good defensive SS w/o power but a great contact bat and fast   21.5   ATL
6   Travis d'Arnaud (eBay)   C   Polished defender and natural leader who has a good bat for a C   22.4   TOR
7   Vincent Catricala (eBay)   LF   Back-to-back 40+ 2B seasons; doesn't K a ton; has HR power, too   22.7   SEA
8   Matt Adams (eBay)   1B   Beast of a man; topped 30 HR after making jump from A to AA   22.8   STL
9   Steve Lombardozzi (eBay)   2B   More solid than spectacular; may only be utility man in the bigs   22.8   WAS
10   Will Middlebrooks (eBay)   3B   Has always been a high K guy but he has some pop; rarely walks   22.8   BOS
Best of the Rest
    Anthony Gose (eBay)   CF   Young, speedy CF who will K but has some pop & will be a MLBer 20.9   TOR
    Jae-Hoon Ha (eBay)   CF   Good contact hitter who doesn't walk or hit for very much power 21.7   CHC
    Carlos Triunfel (eBay)   SS   2nd season in AA; started showing gap power; still playing SS   21.3   SEA
    Jaff Decker (eBay)   LF   Continues to K but has power and patience; upside is limited   21.4   SD
    Tim Beckham (eBay)   SS   Posted career-high power numbers & career-low strikeout rate   21.4   TB
    Freddy Galvis (eBay)   SS   Finally showed ability to hit for power and made jump to AAA   21.6   PHI
    Darwin Perez (eBay)   SS   His bat may be fringy but he is young and playing shortstop   21.9   LAA
    Marwin Gonzalez (eBay)   SS   Another AA repeater who adjusted and found his way to AAA   22.3   CHC
    Neftali Soto (eBay)   1B   Had a monster power seasoon after spending 2 years in High-A   22.3   CIN
    Wilin Rosario (eBay)   C   I still see him as a potential 30+ HR catcher with solid defense   22.3   COL
    Jake Smolinski (eBay)   LF   Walked more than he K'd while hitting for a bit of power   22.4   FLA
    Audry Perez (eBay)   C   Skipped the low minors in large; has pop and he makes contact   22.5   STL
    Brett Jackson (eBay)   CF   High K rate remains a concern, but everything else is solid   22.9   CHC
    Jose Martinez (eBay)   RF   Doesn't walk or hit for power but he made a lot of contact   22.9   CHW
* Ages are as of July 1, 2011            
** Minimum 200 plate appearances        
*** If eligible, Bryce Harper would have ranked 3rd on this list        

Warning: These rankings were created without utilizing scouting information. The list was assembled as a conversation starter/watch list by way of a relatively simple, objective prospect finding system. After weighing in scouting information, our rankings of players will change.

Methodology: Only players who were a deviation below level-average age were considered for the list above. The average Double-A age in 2011 was approximately 24, with a standard deviation of approximately 2. Players were ranked based simply on deviations from level-average age, strikeout percentage, walk percentage and isolated power. The position that the player primarily played for the final two months of the season was also factored into the rankings.