Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Names to Know

Lisa Winston over at MiLB.com has created a list of 10 Blue Jays prospects to watch in 2010.  To go over them briefly with a Lugnuttian perspective:

1.  J.P. Arencibia - power-hitting catcher who skipped over Lansing on his way up the ladder, played in Triple-A last year.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

2.  Tim Collins - lefty pitched in Lansing in 2008 and put his name squarely on the prospect radar, made it to Double-A last year.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

3.  David Cooper - played first base for the Nuts in 2008 after being drafted in the 1st round, played 128 games in Double-A last year.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

4.  Travis d'Arnaud - acquired from the Phillies for Roy Halladay, another slugging catcher, was in the Class-A South Atlantic League in 2009.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut unless his career takes a step backward.

5.  Kyle Drabek - the big prize in that Halladay trade, on the cusp of the Major Leagues.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

6.  Chad Jenkins - the Blue Jays' 1st round pick last year out of Kennesaw State, did not pitch professionally in 2009.  In short:  A definite 2010 Lugnut possibility.

7.  Jake Marisnick - the Blue Jays' 2009 supplemental pick, athletic 19-year-old outfielder.  In short:  Sounds like a late-2010 or perhaps a 2011 Lugnut.

8.  Carlos Perez - Gulf Coast League Jays team MVP in 2009, a very promising catcher.  In short:  Sounds like a 2010 Lugnut.

9.  Zach Stewart - picked up in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, talented right-hander who pitched in Triple-A last season and has his eyes on a Major League debut this year.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

10.  Brett Wallace - slugging corner infielder received in a trade with Oakland after beginning the year originally with St. Louis, began 2009 in Double-A, finished the season in Triple-A, being groomed for Jays' first base spot.  In short:  Not a 2010 Lugnut.

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