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Seattle Mariners Top 20 Prospects

Posted by JasonAChurchill on March 7, 2006

Top 10 completed. 11-20 coming tomorrow night.


1. Jeff Clement, C – A left-handed hitting backstop with 25-30 homer power, enough tools to stick at catcher and unmatched work ethic, leadership and desire? I’ll take him No. 1 in any year that doesn’t include Felix Hernandez. Clement is a future all-star.


2. Adam Jones, CF -Jones’ stock didn’t fall, nor rise, with the switch to center field from his natural shortstop. He was graded as an offensive player who would at least become an average defender at either position. Another big year and Jones will be ineligible. He has all-star potential, and should at least develop into a regular.


3. Chris Snelling, OF – If it weren’t for Snelling’s injury history he’d be No. 1 – His plate skills are top drawer and he gets better every year and there’s more power in his bat, too – but if it weren’t for his pure desire and passion for the game, he’d be nowhere on this list.


4. Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B/OF – Tui will play SS in 2005, at least to start the year, but his future is probably in the outfield where his arm strength can be put to better use. He has more raw power than Jones and has the athleticism to accel in either corner outfield spot.


5. Clint Nageotte, RHP – Nageotte’s value is mostly as a near-ready arm that can start or relieve, and may be an economic answer in more ways than one – cheap, but also an innings eater who gets ground balls. Nageotte needs his slider to return to form to be an effective starter.


6. Rob Johnson, C – Most are surprised by this ranking, but Johnson is well on his way to being an average offensive catcher with above average defensive skills. How many of those are there, really? I can think of a half dozen in the AL and that’s about it.


7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS – If Cabrera had a bit more pop or a better track record of on-base skills, he’d rank a bit higher than seven. He has the plate skills to put up better OBP numbers and should reach the gaps with his short, line-drive stroke, but he’e been inconsistent in both areas. Among the best gloves in baseball.


8. Shin-soo Choo, OF – As he continues to sharpen his defensive skills, Choo must make the proper adjustments that allow him to hit for some more power than he did in 2005. The M’s thought of him as a run producer pre-2005. That may have changed, as Choo spent the vast majority of the second half of last season leading off for Tacoma, where he hit .311/.418 and tightened his strike zone judgment.


9. Bobby Livingston, LHP – The M’s have been trying to get more velocity out of Livingston for two years and he’s still sitting 83-87 with his fastball. With even an average heater, the 23-year-old would scare some hitters. He already has a plus change and and curve ball that can be devastating at times, though remains inconsistent.


10. Yorman Bazardo, RHP – Bazardo showed plus stuff two years ago and occasionally in ’05 with more consistency would land in the top five here. Needs to learn to finish off hitters to remain a starter. Projects as a No. 3 or 4 starter or a setup man.


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