ESPN's Keith Law held a chat for insiders on Thursday to answer questions on his Top 100 prospect rankings, which were released Thursday morning. He also held a prospects chat in Spanish here.
For me, his Top 100 Prospect Rankings are the rankings I put the most faith in when evaluating prospects for my three keeper league drafts. I also use John Sickels rankings/ratings as well. I don't know why I lean toward Law's rankings over others including Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and Project Prospect, among others, but I just do. His analysis of each player is very informative.
Here are some excerpts:
Josh (Anchorage, AK)
Which 2 or 3 prospects do you have a gut feeling you may have ranked too low on your list? Great work, BTW.
I'd start with Austin Hedges, who is in the just missed category. Could be too low on Delgado (if he's got a better chance to start than I think), Neil Ramirez (dinged him on health), and May.
Hedges is a name to remember as he is a catcher in the Padres organization who comes with much acclaim as a good defensive catcher with power.
Matt Davidson was a guy I didn't expect to see, can you give us some insight into what he ceiling might be at the plate?
Average glove at third, chance to hit .300 with 20-25 HR and some walks.
Here's a guy who you won't see on many Top 100 prospect lists, but KLaw is high on him. One of the many reasons why I value his rankings more than most. I grabbed Davidson with the 4th pick in the minor league portion of the Fake Teams Dynasty League draft.
More excerpts after the jump:
Pierce (Memphis, TN)
If Tyrell Jenkins has a solid season, could he break the Top 25 next year?
Jenkins is another prospect who doesn't get much hype. He's just 19 years old, so to say he could make the Top 25 in 2013 is saying a lot. Jenkins went 4-2 in 11 starts in the Appalachian League, or rookie ball. He struck out 55 and walked 13 in 56 innings resulting in an excellent K/BB rate of 4.33
Justin (San Diego)
How much of a red flag should it be that Rhymer Liriano had to be sent down and repeat a level in order to produce?
He'd been overpromoted in the first place.
Liriano might start getting more love this season, especially after his excellent season in Low A which saw him hit .319-.383-.499 with 12 HRs, 62 RBI, 81 runs and 65 stolen bases. KLaw raved about him in his player profile, saying he is a potential 30-30 hitter down the road.
Craig (Bethesda, MD)
Why Pederson over Silverio on the Dodgers top 10 list? I know Silverio has some issues, but I thought you liked him OK when you saw him at the futures game last year?
Silverio's probably a 4th OF, chance to be a regular. Pederson's further away, chance to be an above-average regular or better.
As a Dodgers fan, it would be nice to have a hitting prospect make the Top 100 rankings here and there, and Pederson could if he can follow up solid performance in rookie ball. Pederson hit .353-.429-.568 with 11 HRs, 64 RBI and 24 stolen bases and a 54-36 K/BB rate in 266 at bats last season.