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Down On The Farm: Recent Thoughts From The Prospect Experts

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Here are some recent thoughts from some of the prospect experts such as John Sickels, Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein and Jim Callis.

Kevin Goldstein


Who has more offensive upside, Rosario or Devin Mesoraco?



And Goldstein rated Rosario as a 5 star prospect in his Rockies Top 11 on Tuesday. Surprising to say the least. I like Rosario, but have to say I am surprised he was given a 5 star ranking by KG.

Blackmon will move up to Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2011 and could line himself up for a September look.

Blackmon hit .297-.360-.484 with 11 HRs, 55 RBIs, 19 SBs and a solid 43-32 K/BB rate in 337 ABs in AA in 2010. He stole 30 bases in 2009 in High A as well.

Jim Callis

And progresses as a C? Top 10. @hopjake: If Gary Sanchez destroys Low A how high could he get in top 100 prospect lists? #Yankees

Does this mean the Yankees could have two hitters in the Top 10 in 2012 who may not have a position?

Don't sleep on Billy Hamilton. @tlugo007: Do you see any true All-Star caliber players in the #Reds farm system?

Hamilton is growing on me and will be considered come UBA minor league draft in April.

More after the jump:

How often does a prospect gets ranked No. 1 after just his first full pro season? Why so much love for Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who's just a kid? I know the upside is incredible, but come on, he spent most of the year in low Class A. 

Dionisio Belliard 
Santo Domingo, D.R.

Baseball America hasn't settled on the No. 1 prospect for our 2011 Top 100 Prospects list yet. I ranked Trout No. 1 on my personal Top 50 in the 2011 Prospect Handbook, but Will Lingo and John Manuel both went with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper—who's younger than Trout and hasn't played a professional game.

Trout will make the majors before Harper, but wonder if Harper isn't too far behind him.

Keith Law

@rsanderson78 Love Mauer but I doubt he plays even 400 more games behind the plate.

Wow. That would hurt Mauer's fantasy value in a big way. Is he James Loney with a higher BA if moved to 1B?