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Project Prospects Top 10 Prospects and Snippets and Excerpts from the Prospect Experts

GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 03: Zack Cozart #60 of the Cincinnati Reds turns a double play as Ivan De Jesus #65 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base at Goodyear Ballpark on March 3, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 03: Zack Cozart #60 of the Cincinnati Reds turns a double play as Ivan De Jesus #65 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base at Goodyear Ballpark on March 3, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Here are some snippets from the prospect experts from across the internet.

A couple experts published their take on Reds catching prospect Devin Mesoraco recently. ESPN's Jason Grey had a nice writeup on Devin Mesoraco on Thursday and mentioned he thinks Mesoraco could be a 20+ HR hitter in the big leagues, and hit for a solid BA/OBP as well.

Jason Parks from Baseball Prospectus published an article on Mesoraco as well and here is what Parks had to say about Mesoraco in an article where he ranks the top catching prospects in the minors currently:

Leader of the Pack (Present):Devin Mesoraco (Reds)
The Case For:
Mesoraco is showing a middle-of-the-order bat from a premium defensive position, which basically makes him one of the most valuable prospects in the minors

Mesoraco is the next top catcher who can make an impact that fantasy owners should keep their eye on and pick up if he is available in all leagues.

Speaking of Mesoraco, I wrote an article with my thoughts, and more excerpts, on him over at Minor League Ball this morning.

More snippets and chat excerpts after the jump:

Adam Foster published his updated Top 10 prospects over at Project Prospect recently. Head on over to Project Prospect to check out his updated list. Orioles shortstop prospect Manny Machado has made a big move in his rankings.

Here are some chat excerpts from Parks chat over on BP as well as the Hot Sheet chat over at Baseball America on Friday.

mef (Brooklyn): Is Matt Moore a future #1 starter? I think he responded well to being discussed on the podcast, much like Jose Altuve and Tom Verducci's hair.

Jason Parks: Yes. Moore has top-of-the-rotation talent. The command will need to get there, and the changeup will need to get there, but yes, I think they will get there.

Moore pitched a no-hitter on Thursday night where he struck out 11 batters. Parks ranks Moore as his top left-handed starter in the minors.

BillHicksRIP (Daintree Australia): .393/.422/.689 Jose Altuves' numbers in Double A so far, I'm so hoping he continues to hit. I know you guys have him as the official BP Podcast prospect, but in all seriousness can you see him cracking the majors in 2 or 3 years time?

Jason Parks: At this rate, Altuve could reach the majors in 2012. I'm still not sold on his long-term future, but he continues to hit and I continue to be pleasantly surprised.

Altuve is hitting a combined .405-.445-.624 betweein A+ and AA this season in the Astros farm system. Altuve is mainly a second baseman but can play some third as well.

Mike (STL): Is Shelby Miller the best pitching prospect in baseball right now? Seems like he's pushing up his timetable with every start.

Jason Parks: Yes. I think Miller is the best arm in the game right now.

Shelby Miller has dominated at two levels this season. Currently in AA, Miller is on the fast tract to St.Louis and would not be surprised to see him in the Cardinals rotation sometime in 2012.

Joe (Louisville, KY): How would you rank these 6 arms overall the next 5 years: Jacob Turner, Matt Moore, Shelby Miller, Martin Perez, Julio Teheran, and Jeremy Hellickson. Thanks.

Matthew Eddy: My top 3 would include Moore, Miller and Teheran, probably in that order. Turner has shown better command than has Perez, so that gives him the nod for me. You picked just about the only sextet of your pitchers where Hellickson would rank last. Has anyone out there seen him enough to explain his dip in strikeouts this year? Hits are down too, suggesting he's changed his approach to get lots of easy popups and grounders.

I can't argue with Eddy here, but there is the injury risk with every pitcher, so these rankings could look very different as soon as next season.

Zack Cozart (Louisville): Hey there - just hanging out here in Louisville, continuing to smack the @#%$ out of the ball while my ML team has a SS with a SLG % lower than my batting average......*sigh*

Matthew Eddy: Given the state of shortstops in the big leagues, it seems only natural that there'd be 20 GMs contacting Walt Jocketty on a daily basis.

Yes, Cozart is another Reds prospect who could make an impact on fantasy teams in 2011.