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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

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Goldstein

Who has more offensive upside, Rosario or Devin Mesoraco?

Rosario.

 

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?