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MLB.com Releases Top 50 Prospects

If there’s one post that you need to read to prepare for your 2011 fantasy baseball league draft, its Jonathan Mayo’s 2011 MLB Top Prospects analysis.  You can also watch the MLB Top 50 Baseball Prospects on the MLB Network.  Make sure you have a pen and paper with you.

If you’re not sure about how good these prognosticators are, take a look at their 2010 Top Prospects rankings.

  1. Jason Heyward, Braves, OF — runner-up for NL MVP.
  2. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, P
  3. Mike Stanton, Marlins, OF — 22 HR’s in 100 games
  4. Buster Posey, Giants, C — NL MVP
  5. Brian Matusz, Orioles, C
  6. Desmond Jennings, Rays, OF — the only guy who did not play in the MLB, but figures to play a role in ’11.
  7. Neftali Feliz, Rangers, RP

MLB’s Top 50 list requires that its members be qualified as rookie candidates for 2011.  That means a player must have less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched and have been on the MLB roster for less than 45 days prior to the roster expansion date on September 1.  The rankings are made by 30 scouts and rankings are created based on a reverse point system with the scouts ranking the top 30 potential rookie players.

The 2011 list contains 23 players that were not on the list in 2010.  19 of the top 50 made it to The Show last year.  It includes 25 pitchers and 25 position players.  The Kansas City Royals strong farm system boasts 6 of the top 50.  Catchers are in abundance with 6 of them listed.  Outfielders, on the other hand, have a meager 6 on the list.

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