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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '08
Positive earnings in each of his first three years? Getting more positive each time. You don't see that often.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '08
Johnny Damon Cleveland Indians
He's aged a lot better than I expected. I figured stolen bases wouldn't be worth the strain on his body into his mid-30s. Watching him try to throw the ball from the outfield is high, high comedy.
scott pianowski ballfour
Dec 17 '08
Brett Wallace San Diego Padres
Got to work right away after being picked thirteenth overall in the June draft and signing for a comparatively modest $1.73 million. I saw him play in a couple of games in the AFL and liked his swing (though it produced scant results on those days) and liked him much more in the game he DHed than in the game he played third.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '08
Justin Smoak Milwaukee Brewers
Voted the ninth-best prospect in the Arizona Fall League even though he barely played there. Rangers are hoping he's another Mark Teixeira and paid him $3.5 million in their first installment.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '08
Drew Sutton Boston Red Sox
As we see, he slumped in the last few weeks of the AFL; in the final reckoning of scouts, he didn't even make the top 20 list of prospects.

But I liked what I saw and I'm sticking to it.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
J.P. Arencibia Philadelphia Phillies
A long swing that produced 31 long flyballs last season, including in the fall, but needs to be refined before it produces positive results in the majors.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Gordon Beckham Detroit Tigers
In view of his pedigree (first-round pick in June who was signed just before the deadline for $2.6 million) and his stats so far, it's surprising he was considered only the No. 7 prospect in the AFL.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Bud Norris Toronto Blue Jays
No. 6 prospect in the AFL. Scouts "project him as a set-up man, even as closer." Why, you ask? Because his fastball gets up to 98 mph.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Carlos Triunfel San Francisco Giants
Despite his numbers in the AFL, scouts rated him the fifth-best prospect. When people start reading the comments here, he'll have just turned 19, so that must be why.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Logan Morrison Milwaukee Brewers
Pretty good numbers in the FSL followed by outstanding numbers in the AFL, where he was voted the No. 4 prospect. The Jacobs trade indicates the Fish are getting ready to bite.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Brian Matusz Baltimore Orioles
"One scout thinks he is already big league ready," reports Baseball America of its No.3 prospect in the AFL. "His fastball sat at 90-92, but he ate up hitters with a big, roundhouse curve and short little slider to go with his plus changeup."

While the scouts raved, it's worth pointing out that AFL hitters took some pretty healthy swings in their brief exposure to him.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Matt Wieters St. Louis Cardinals
The O's are wacky, but I have to think they are ready to give the kid the starting job out of spring training.

That being said, $14 might be too much of a bid limit for a rookie catcher with just one year of pro ball under his belt. Only 3 AL catchers earned $14 or more last year...I would feel more comfortable with a bit closer to $10.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 16 '08
I think the O's are wacky enough to try to start the season with Uncle Rick Dempsey's fave, G. Zaun, and keep Wieters in AAA a la Braun and Longoria. That is one screwed up franchise. Two years for C. Izturis? Only GM wackier is Colletti - so far he has two Blakes and a Hu in the infield and still Juan Pierre in leftfield.
Noah Hirsch NSH
Dec 16 '08
I happen to own Weiters in my American League, so I will have him as a $5S2 for auction purposes. I took a look at some of the projections, and they are healthy. Given the amount of extra base hits, I think rumors of a 20HR season are a bit of a stretch, but not out of the realm of possibility. The average is what will be interesting...will those averages translate to ML pitching. I see a bid limit of about $14 here.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Dec 16 '08
For some reason we are still struggling to display this player's sparkling AFL stats (as well as his somewhat lackluster Double-A stats last season) but I can now report, reading the latest issue of Baseball America, that scouts ended up being impressed enough by Eric Young to include him among the league's top 20 prospects. But not so impressed that there weren't 19 other prospects that they liked better.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Tommy Hanson Los Angeles Angels
Unfortunately, I missed seeing this guy pitch in the AFL; the rating alone indicates I missed seeing something special. "There's effort in the delivery," says Baseball America, "but there's no questioning the life of his fastball," which clocked in the mid-90's and set up a nasty curveball and slider. Scouts voted him the No. 2 prospect in the fall league (after Wieters).
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Matt Wieters St. Louis Cardinals
The mega-prospect has now shined at three levels in his brief professional career. He tapered off at the end of the Arizona Fall League -- possibly, according to a scout that Baseball America talked to, because he was bored. I got to see him play in a game in Surprise in early November, and he didn't seem so much bored at that point as supremely confident. With good reason.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '08
Jay Bruce Philadelphia Phillies
I will be hoping someone bids $23 or higher on Bruce in my NL. Bruce's best season this year likely puts him near $30 in earnings, but likely not over. That is a best case scenario. Paying $23 or more for him does not fit my personal strategy. While Bruce is not a "flier", he is no sure thing, particularly in light of the average, the ground ball tendencies and the lack of power development.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Dec 16 '08
Jose Arredondo Cincinnati Reds
Well, I would want to know who you are getting for him before you go trading him. As we have pointed out over on rotothinktank.blogspot.com, middle relievers can many times outearn their closing bretheren.

Arredondo is only 24, has absolutely filthy stuff, and very well could be a closer within the next year, which makes him a very valuable commodity.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Dec 16 '08

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