Best Young Players in Baseball, Part 2

13 02 2008

The Baseball Analysts continued with their Best Young Players in Baseball series yesterday by addressing the 22 and 23-year olds.  Milwaukee had a couple players mentioned in the rankings.  Here’s how it shakes out:

23-year olds:

  • Matt LaPorta – LaPorta hasn’t even taken a swing in the big leagues, and he is mentioned ahead of players like Melky Cabrera and John Danks.  The author, Rich Lederer, mentions that LaPorta will start the year in Double-A Huntsville, yet Matt has the potential to make it into the big show by mid-2008.  LaPorta’s bat is special, but management has been saying all winter that LaPorta needs another year in the minors to work on upping his average.

22-year olds:

  •  Yovani Gallardo – Lederer says that Yo has the stuff and the savvy to be an elite pitcher in the game this season.  That’s saying a lot for a 22-year old.  A healthy Ben Sheets and Yovani Gallardo could spell trouble for the Cubs come September.

Can the Brewers keep this trend of top-quality prospects going?  Tom Haudricourt says Milwaukee should have no problem doing so, especially since they have six of the first 62 draft picks in this year’s draft.  He also mentions that Baseball America projects the Crew to take RHP Ryan Perry of the University of Arizona.  Expect a couple collegiate pitchers to be taken in the first two rounds, as Milwaukee will be looking for quality pitchers they can move up through the system rather quickly.

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