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Down On The Farm: Tweetage From The Prospect Experts

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ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11:  World Futures All-Star Simon Castro #40 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: World Futures All-Star Simon Castro #40 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Before I forget, I posted my Top First Base Prospects for 2011 over at Minor League Ball on Tuesday here. Head on over and have a look.

Quick post on some of recent tweets from the prospect experts, including Jim Callis at Baseball America, and Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus and a piece from Jason Grey's article on Brett Lawrie:

Kevin Goldstein

Talked to one of smartest scouts I know. Thought Shelby Miller was the best pitcher he saw all year. #stlcards

He has ace potential and could be up in St. Louis come 2012.

Just talked to someone back from the DR, says #Rangers 1B Chris Davis has looked lost at the plate down there.

Its the winter league, and he could be working on stuff, but if he doesn't start producing at the major league level, the "bust" label may be appropriate.

He might surprise and be a little better than that. RT @Sbennett15: @Kevin_Goldstein What's Kalish's upside? Solid regular?

I guess we know why Boston didn't want to deal him to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.

More after the jump:

Jim Callis

Pineda has highest ceiling, Minor lowest. @dsistaro: In terms of highest ceiling does order 1) Sale 2) Minor 3) Pineda 4) Castro sound good?

I like Minor too. Simon Castro has a higher ceiling than Minor?? Interesting.

Banuelos. Think the other guys may be RP @heartbeatbronx: Have to take 1 of Betances/Banuelos/Brackman to be a #1 or #2, who & why? #Yankees

So the hype machine can take a break for a little while now.

Hosmer: June 2012. C: Jesus Montero or Wil Myers, if they can C. @patrick_obrien9: when will hosmer be called up? who's next top C prospect?

Callis has some question about Montero's catching abilities as well. He didn't say "can't" though.

No question. Rizzo is No. 3, Fuentes might be No. 4. @nick_kruger: is casey kelly the best prospect in #padresorganization now?

We'll have to see what Casey Kelly can do in AA San Antonio in 2011, but Simon Castro, who I assume is the #2 Padres prospect, pitched very well there.

Jason Grey on Brett Lawrie

 

"The package, the upside, the ceiling he has is potentially as a five-tool player," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told the Toronto Star after the deal was completed.

Lawrie's offensive upside makes him a prospect to watch, and he's worth stashing away in dynasty formats. There's risk here given that really he lacks a defensive home at this point, not to mention some of the other questions about him. However, I do think some of those things get a little overblown at times, and if he does what he's capable of with the bat, those concerns will be lessened. He's in the top five among second-base prospects right now, but he'll have to prove himself to stay there.