Yesterday, we looked at the infielders and the catchers. Today, the pitchers and the outfielders. The same caveats apply.
When I reviewed the 2011 watchlist a little more than two months ago, I made a vow to be a little tougher this year. Eighty-nine names made it last year, as of this writing, it’s 72 — nearly 20 percent fewer. There are still some names here that I’m fence on — mostly near the top, which invariably makes them fan favorites and, by definition, a case can be made for them if they’ve risen to AAA.
I’m quite well aware that there are some names from last year’s list that are still “young enough” but had mediocre to subpar years, or were hurt. As I mentioned in the 2011 watchlist review, they’re going to have to play their way back onto the 2013 list, just as they’re going to have to outplay the next wave of players making their way up the ladder.
So when you make your case for someone’s inclusion and/or exclusion, bear these things in mind. I’ve already cut some slack for some older guys at the expense of leaving off a couple of names from the DSL, a decision I can justify given my own track record about picking names from the DSL (of the two “Top 5’s” in the 2010 DSL Review, five repeated the level, four were promoted, and one was released) as well as my decision to only rank five names total from the GCL.
|Corey Brown||Brad Peacock||Rafael Martin||Tommy Milone||Josh Smoker|
|Bryce Harper||Brad Meyers||Pat Lehman||Danny Rosenbaum||Matt Purke|
|Eury Perez||Paul Demny||Marcos Frias||Sammy Solis||Kylin Turnbull|
|Destin Hood||Alex Meyer||Neil Holland||Robbie Ray||Paul Applebee|
|Brian Goodwin||A.J. Cole||Matt Swynenberg||Matt Grace|
|Kevin Keyes||Taylor Jordan||Greg Holt||Christian Meza|
|Michael Taylor||Wirkin Estevez||Joel Barrientos|
|Billy Burns||Taylor Hill||Hector Silvestre|
|Randolph Oduber||Brian Dupra|
|Caleb Ramsey||Nathan Karns|
|Narciso Mesa||Manny Rodriguez|
|Estarlin Martinez||Gilberto Mendez|
|Wander Ramos||Ivan Pineyro|