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Down on the Farm: Top 25 Fantasy Prospects for 2010 and Beyond

I wrote awhile back about a site that is documenting their Top 25 fantasy prospects for 2010-MLB Fantasy Prospects. The site is run by Bill Root, who writes for RotoExperts, and Stephen Sheridan. They are currently working on the top10 of their Top 25 series.

Here are their Top 25 for 2010 and Beyond in reverse order:

25. Dustin Ackley, Mariners

24. Jarrod Parker, Diamondbacks

23. Jaff Decker, Padres

The big boy was no slouch this year at Low-A hitting .299, with 16 HRs, a .442 OBP, and a .514 SLG. Decker has a phenomenal eye that is indicative of a future fantasy star. He had a 19.2% walk rate and .92 BB/K rate batting third in the Fort Wayne (Padres’ Low-A affiliate) batting order.

22. Eric Young Jr., Rockies

21. Chris Carter, Athletics

The big man cut down on his strikeouts this year as well. Specifically, in 490 ABs at Double-A, Carter cut his strikeout rate down to 24.3%. There’s no question he needs work on this aspect of his game. But, let’s not go critique crazy, dudes with power like this can get away with striking out more than your average bear. It comes with the bomber territory.

20. Brian Matusz, Orioles

19. Hector Rondon, Indians

18. Derek Norris, Nationals

17. Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays

16. Domonic Brown, Phillies

15. Dan Hudson, White Sox

14. Logan Morrison, Marlins

UPDATE (8:30pm): I misunderstood what the list represented, so I updated the headline above so there is no more confusion. Sorry guys.

More after the jump, with excerpts:

13. Aroldis Chapman, Reds

12. Mike Stanton, Marlins

At Double-A, Stanton still hit parking lot bombs, but he was exposed in all other areas. The Marlins’ future right-fielder posted the following stat line: .231 BA, 16 HRs, .311 OBP and .455 SLG. Stanton was clearly in "guess the pitch" mode with a 33.1% K rate, .31 BB/K ratio and 67% contact rate. My guess is this kid will be working on a little thing called pitch recognition next year in the minors.

11. Madison Bumgardner, Giants

There must be some marvelous perks associated with joining the Madison Bumgarner Hate Club. Membership in the club skyrocketed at the end of last season and has continued to trend upward in the offseason. Geez, you would think Bumgarner would receive nothing but love after posting a 12-2 record, 1.85 ERA and .211 BAA across High-A and Double-A last year – as a 20 year-old? Nope, the mad hate has still been flowing for Mad-Bum.

10. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays

What I love about Hellickson is he isn’t just a strikeout machine (10.99 K/9 at Triple-A last year) – he also possesses pinpoint control and polished command. Hellickson had 1.16 BB/9 and 2.30 BB/9 walks rates in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

9. Jesus Montero, Yankees

They will complete the rest of the Top 10 by early February, so head on over to MLB Fantasy Prospects and check out what they have to say about their Top 25 fantasy prospect for 2010.