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Down On The Farm: Project Prospect's Top 25 Prospects For 2011

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Adam Foster and the guys over at Project Prospect have published their Top 25 prospects for 2011 today. Here is their top 25:

Rk. Name Best Attribute Biggest Weakness Best-Case Outcome Age Lvl Team Pos OFP
1 Bryce Harper Power Experience Superstar; MVP-type player 18.2 AFL WAS RF 72
2 Mike Trout Speed Arm Impact player; Frequent all-star 19.4 A+ LAA CF 60
3 Jesus Montero Power Defense Impact player; Frequent all-star 21.0 AAA NYY C 60
4 Dustin Ackley Hit tool Arm Quality regular; occasional all-star 22.8 AAA SEA 2B 56
5 Eric Hosmer Power None Quality regular; occasional all-star 21.1 AA KC 1B 58
6 Brandon Belt Hit tool Hitting LHP Quality regular; occasional all-star 22.7 AAA SF 1B 56
7 Domonic Brown Power Hitting off-speed Quality regular; occasional all-star 23.3 MLB PHI RF 59
8 Wil Myers Hit tool None Quality regular; occasional all-star 20.0 A+ KC C 55
9 Freddie Freeman Hit tool Patience Regular, every-day type 21.3 MLB ATL 1B 53
10 Jameson Taillon Power arm Experience No. 1-2 starter; Frequent all-star 19.1 HS PIT RHP 66
11 Jarrod Parker Electric arsenal Health/Durability No. 1-2 starter; Frequent all-star 22.1 AA ARI RHP 61
12 Yonder Alonso Hit tool Speed Regular, every-day type 23.7 AAA CIN 1B 52
13 Shelby Miller FB movement Proof of durability No. 1-2 starter; Frequent all-star 20.2 A STL RHP 60
14 Matt Moore FB/CB combo Command Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 21.5 A+ TB LHP 58
15 Aroldis Chapman FB velocity Command No. 1-2 starter; Frequent all-star 22.8 MLB CIN LHP 65
15 Desmond Jennings Speed Power Regular, every-day type 24.1 MLB TB CF 51
16 Devin Mesoraco Power None Quality regular; occasional all-star 22.5 AAA CIN C 55
17 Mike Moustakas Power Defense Quality regular; occasional all-star 22.3 AAA KC 3B 55
18 Mike Minor Command None Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 23.0 MLB ATL LHP 54
20 Zach Britton Sinking FB None Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 23.0 AAA BAL LHP 56
21 Jeremy Hellickson Command Health/Durability Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 23.7 MLB TB RHP 56
22 Jaff Decker Patience/Power Defense Quality regular; occasional all-star 20.8 A+ SD LF 54
23 Michael Pineda Power arm Health/Durability Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 21.9 AAA SEA RHP 58
24 Randall Delgado FB/CH command Tips his CB Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 20.8 AA ATL RHP 54
25 Julio Teheran Electric arsenal Tips his CH Quality No. 2-3 starter or closer 19.9 AA ATL RHP 59

I am a little surprised at how high Brandon Belt was ranked by PP.  I am not sure he will be ranked ahead of Domonic Brown by some of the other prospect experts, but Belt did have a crazy breakout year in 2010. Also, Brown may need more seasoning at AAA in 2011.

Another surprise is that Devin Mesoraco has no weakness according to Foster. I think he has some issues with his defense behind the plate, but Foster saw him enough in the AFL, maybe he thinks Mesoraco was just tired from a long season. Maybe he will stop by and offer his opinion on this.