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2008 MLB Rookie Watch

Baseballcards101.com offers the following list of 2008 MLB top 100 prospect baseball players originally published by "Baseball America" as a resource for rookie and pre-rookie card collectors. 

 
01 JAY
BRUCE
OF, REDS
2: Leagues (IL, FSL) in which he ranked as the No. 1 prospect in 2007, en route to BA's Minor League Player of the Year award.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2008
02 EVAN
LONGORIA
3B, RAYS
70: Grade on the 20-80 scouting scale for both his bat and his power.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
03 JOBA
CHAMBERLAIN
RHP, YANKEES
0.38: His ERA in 19 big league appearances.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
04 CLAY
BUCHHOLZ
RHP, RED SOX
2: Big league starts it took him to throw a no-hitter.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
05 COLBY
RASMUS
OF, CARDINALS
29: His Texas League-leading total of homers in 2007.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2008
 
06 CAMERON
MAYBIN
OF, MARLINS
2: Games it took him to hit his first major league homer (off Roger Clemens, no less).
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2008
 
07 CLAYTON
KERSHAW
LHP, DODGERS
12.0, .201: His K/9 and opponent average in 2007, both the best among minor league starters.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2009
 
08 FRANKLIN
MORALES
LHP, ROCKIES
20: Consecutive scoreless innings he threw in September, a Colorado record for starters.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
09 HOMER
BAILEY
RHP, REDS
3: Years he rated No. 1 on our Reds Top 10 list before Jay Bruce displaced him.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2008
 
10 DAVID
PRICE
LHP, RAYS
16: Years since the last previous lefty (Brien Taylor) to go No. 1 overall in the draft before Tampa Bay took Price last June.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
11 TRAVIS
SNIDER
OF, BLUE JAYS
4: Major categories in which he led the Midwest League in 2007: slugging percentage (.523), doubles (35), extra-base hits (58) and RBIs (93).
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2009
 
12 MATT
WIETERS
C, ORIOLES
$6 million: His bonus, the largest up-front payout in draft history.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
13 JACOBY
ELLSBURY
OF, RED SOX
438: His team-high batting average in Boston's World Series sweep.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
14 ANDREW
McCUTCHEN
OF, PIRATES
19: Age at which he reached Double-A for the first time (in 2006).
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
15 JAKE
McGEE
LHP, RAYS
346: Strikeouts the last two years, third in the minors behind Matt Maloney (357) and Gio Gonzalez (351).
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
16 BRANDON
WOOD
3B/SS, ANGELS
92, 415: Homers and strikeouts over the last three seasons.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
17 WADE
DAVIS
RHP, RAYS
2: No-hitters (both seven innings) thrown in two years in full-season ball.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
18 MIKE
MOUSTAKAS
SS, ROYALS
24, 52: California high school single-season and career records for homers that he established last spring.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
19 ELVIS
ANDRUS
SS, RANGERS
.353: Batting average last year in the Arizona Fall League, where he was the circuit's youngest player.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
20 FERNANDO
MARTINEZ
OF, METS
9: Dominican Republic products on the Top 100, the most of any foreign nation; he's the highest ranked.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
21 RICK
PORCELLO
RHP, TIGERS
$7 million: Value of his major league contract, matching Josh Beckett for the highest guarantee ever given to a high schooler.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
22 CARLOS
GONZALEZ
OF, ATHLETICS
3: Hitters who have played in the last two Futures Games; Gonzalez ranks ahead of Joey Votto and Chin-Lung Hu on this list.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
23 MATT
LAPORTA
OF, BREWERS
3: Years since he had played the outfield before Milwaukee drafted him seventh overall and moved him there.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2009
 
24 NICK
ADENHART
RHP, ANGELS
412: Players taken before Adenhart in the 2004 draft, a month after he had Tommy John surgery.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
25 JORDAN
SCHAFER
OF, BRAVES
176: His hits in 2007, the highest total in the minors.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
26 GIO
GONZALEZ
LHP, ATHLETICS
185: His minor league-leading strikeout total last year.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
27 CHRIS MARRERO 1B/OF, NATIONALS
3: Monsignor Edward Pace High (Miami) products on the Top 100; Gio Gonzalez and Adrian Cardenas are the others.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2009
 
28 JASON
HEYWARD
OF, BRAVES
14: Picks he lasted in the 2007 draft, a number we never may be able to fully explain.
Opening
Day Age:
18
ETA: 2010
 
29 ADAM
MILLER
RHP, INDIANS
2: Seasons out of the last three that have been truncated by elbow problems, though he hasn't required surgery.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
30 KOSUKE
FUKUDOME
OF, CUBS
30: His age, making him the oldest player on this list.
Opening
Day Age:
30
ETA: 2008
 
31 ANDY
LAROCHE
3B, DODGERS
39: The round in which he was drafted, the lowest of any player on the Top 100.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
32 CHASE
HEADLEY
3B/OF, PADRES
.437: His OBP last year, the second-highest in the minors.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
33 ANGEL
VILLALONA
3B/1B, GIANTS
17: His age, making him the youngest player on the Top 100.
Opening
Day Age:
17
ETA: 2011
 
34 JOHNNY
CUETO
RHP, REDS
3: Potential plus pitches, showing that size (5-foot-10) isn't everything.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
35 DEOLIS
GUERRA
RHP, TWINS
2: Years by which he was the youngest regular starting pitcher in the Florida State League last season, at age 18.
Opening
Day Age:
18
ETA: 2010
 
36 BRETT
ANDERSON
LHP, ATHLETICS
1.6: Walks per nine innings in his 2007 pro debut, a testament to his polish.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2009
 
37 JOSE
TABATA
OF, YANKEES
.307: Batting average in the Florida State League last year, all the more impressive considering he was 19 and had an injured wrist.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
38 IAN
STEWART
3B, ROCKIES
2: Top 100 Prospects from La Quinta High's (Westminster, Calif.) 2003 club; Ian Kennedy is the other.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
39 REID
BRIGNAC
SS, RAYS
3: Significant categories in which he led the Southern League last year: runs (91), total bases (228) and extra-base hits (52).
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
40 LARS
ANDERSON
1B, REDS SOX
10: Number of his 11 homers in 2007 that went to center or the opposite field.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
41 AUSTIN
JACKSON
OF, YANKEES
49: Overall national ranking as a basketball recruit when he committed to Georgia Tech as a point guard in 2004.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2010
 
42 JEFF
CLEMENT
C, MARINERS
75: Career high school homers, a national record; Drew Henson and Micah Owings rank second and third all-time.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
43 JOSH
VITTERS
3B, CUBS
5: Before Vitters, the number of hitters the Cubs had drafted with a top-three pick: Terry Hughes, Joe Carter, Shawon Dunston, Corey Patterson, Luis Montanez.
Opening
Day Age:
18
ETA: 2011
 
44 JOEY
VOTTO
1B, REDS
.308/.389/.516: AVG/OBP/SLG the last two years, after the Reds stopped making him take the first pitch of every at-bat.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
45 IAN
KENNEDY
RHP, YANKEES
4: Times in 25 starts last year that he surrendered more than two runs.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
46 JARROD
PARKER
RHP, DIAMONDBACKS
0: Pitchers in the 2007 draft who had a more electric fastball than Parker's 93-97 mph heater.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
47 GEOVANY
SOTO
C, CUBS
.652: His minor league-leading slugging percentage in 2007.
Opening
Day Age:
25
ETA: 2008
 
48 DARIC
BARTON
1B, ATHLETICS
.454/.500/.657: AVG/OBP/SLG in June, when he got his bat going after a 14-month slump.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
49 JAIR
JURRJENS
RHP, BRAVES
0: Curacao natives who pitched in the majors before Jurrjens did so last August.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
50 MATT
ANTONELLI
2B, PADRES
2: Sports in which he was Massachusetts state high school player of the year: football and hockey; he was runner-up in baseball.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
51 ROSS
DETWILER
LHP, NATIONALS
64: Days between his signing and his big league debut, the quickest of any 2007 draftee.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
52 CARLOS
GOMEZ
OF, TWINS
.718, .750 Career minor league OPS for Gomez and the player he'll be asked to replace in Minnesota, Torii Hunter.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
53 J.R.
TOWLES
C, ASTROS
5: Tools that have a chance to be average or better, making him a rarity among catchers.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
54 CARLOS
CARRASCO
RHP, PHILLIES
1: Pitchers who have appeared in the last two Futures Games; Carrasco is the only one.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
55 CHIN-LUNG
HU
SS, DODGERS
211: Improvement in OPS from 2006 (.660) to 2007 (.871).
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2009
 
56 NICK
BLACKBURN
RHP, TWINS
6: Years it took him to reach double digits in wins in a season and to make the big leagues.
Opening
Day Age:
26
ETA: 2008
 
57 DANIEL
CORTES
RHP, ROYALS
4: Velocity jump (in mph) he gained after slowing down his delivery last spring; his curveball also improved.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2010
 
58 CHRIS
VOLSTAD
RHP, MARLINS
0: High school pitchers drafted ahead of Volstad in 2005.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
59 DESMOND
JENNINGS
OF, RAYS
6.75: Average pass receptions per game in the fall of 2005 at Itawamba (Miss.) CC, which led national junior collegians.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2010
 
60 FAUTINO
DE LOS SANTOS
RHP, ATHLETICS
0: Career starts in the United States before he exploded onto the prospect scene in low Class A last year.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
61 NEIL
WALKER
3B, PIRATES
23: Miles between his high school (Pine-Richland, Gibsonia, Pa.) and PNC Park.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
62 CARLOS
TRIUNFEL
SS, MARINERS
.296: Batting average in his U.S. debut, when he was 17 and spent virtually the entire year in Class A.
Opening
Day Age:
18
ETA: 2011
 
63 LUKE
HOCHEVAR
RHP, ROYALS
1: Players taken No. 1 overall out of independent leagues in draft history; Hochevar pulled this off in 2006.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
64 JUSTIN
MASTERSON
RHP, RED SOX
8: Homers he has allowed in 185 pro innings, thanks to his heavy sinker.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2009
 
65 CHRIS
DAVIS
3B/1B, RANGERS
36, 118: Homers and RBIs last year, when he ranked second in the minors in both categories.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
66 MAX
SCHERZER
RHP, DIAMONDBACKS
98: Peak velocity (in mph) on his fastball when he worked in relief in the Arizona Fall League.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
67 CHRIS
TILLMAN
RHP, ORIOLES
2.50, 10.7: ERA and K/9 in his last seven starts in 2007, a possible precursor to a breakout this year.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
68 BRETT
SINKBEIL
RHP, MARLINS
1.64: ERA in Hawaii Winter Baseball after he missed the end of the season with lower-back problems.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2009
 
69 RADHAMES
LIZ
RHP, ORIOLES
11.0: Career K/9 rate in five minor league seasons.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
70 BRANDON
JONES
OF, BRAVES
104: His RBIs in 2007, 100 at the upper levels of the minors and four with Atlanta.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
71 CHUCK
LOFGREN
LHP, INDIANS
29: Wins over the last two seasons, tied for second in the minors behind the Padres' Josh Geer (30).
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
72 MANNY
PARRA
LHP, BREWERS
2 Starts it took him to throw a perfect game in Triple-A and break his thumb (while bunting) in the majors.
Opening
Day Age:
25
ETA:
 
73 JED
LOWRIE
SS, RED SOX
.896: His OPS last year, tops among minor league shortstops.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA: 2008
 
74 DEXTER
FOWLER
OF, ROCKIES
.277: Career average in pro ball as a lefty hitter; he batted strictly righthanded as amateur.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2010
 
75 TYLER
COLVIN
OF, CUBS
101-15: His K-BB ratio in 2007, something he must address to get the most out of his impressive tools.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
76 ADRIAN
CARDENAS
2B, PHILLIES
14: Errors at second base in 2007, his first season at the position.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
77 ERIC
HURLEY
RHP, RANGERS
2: First-round picks off Wolfson High's (Jacksonville) 2004 club; the Royals' Billy Butler was the other.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
78 TROY
PATTON
LHP, ORIOLES
5: Players the Astros traded for Miguel Tejada; Patton was the best prospect of the bunch.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
79 HANK
CONGER
C, ANGELS
100: Points by which his .472 slugging percentage last year exceeded the Midwest League average.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
80 TAYLOR
TEAGARDEN
C, RANGERS
66: Games he has been able to catch in his three years as a pro, which have been marred by elbow problems.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2009
 
81 JORDAN
WALDEN
RHP, ANGELS
100: Velocity (in mph) that his fastball topped out at in the Pioneer League title game.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
82 SEAN
GALLAGHER
RHP, CUBS
36-15, 2.75: His career record in four minor league seasons.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
83 PHILLIPPE
AUMONT
RHP, MARINERS
14: Age at which he began pitching; four years later he went 11th overall in the draft.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2011
 
84 TIM
ALDERSON
RHP, GIANTS
123-4: K-BB ratio between high school and pro ball last year
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
85 BRYAN
ANDERSON
C, CARDINALS
.298: Batting average last season, which ranked fifth in the Texas League though he was the circuit's youngest position player.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
86 COLLIN
BALESTER
RHP, NATIONALS
2: Baseball's ranking on his list of favorite sports before high school; surfing was his preference.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2008
 
87 BEAU
MILLS
3B/1B, INDIANS
38: Homers hit last spring at Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), an NAIA record.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
88 SCOTT
ELBERT
LHP, DODGERS
3: Starts he made last year before having scar tissue removed from his shoulder in June.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
89 STEVE
PEARCE
1B/OF, PIRATES
.622, 113: Slugging percentage (second-highest in the minors) and RBIs (third-highest) last season.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2008
 
90 JOE
SAVERY
LHP, PHILLIES
.356, 20: Batting average and homers in three seasons at Rice, though he'll concentrate on pitching as a pro.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2010
 
91 NOLAN
REIMOLD
OF, ORIOLES
19.9: At-bats per homer for Reimold throughout his pro career, which projects to 30 HR in 600 AB.
Opening
Day Age:
24
ETA: 2009
 
92 GORKYS
HERNANDEZ
OF, BRAVES
2 Potential all-star center fielders traded by the Tigers in the offseason; Hernandez helped land Edgar Renteria, while Cameron Maybin was a key to the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis deal.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
93 NEFTALI
FELIZ
RHP, RANGERS
2: Wins in three pro seasons; but while he's raw, he can hit 99 mph on the radar gun.
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2011
 
94 MICHAEL
BOWDEN
RHP, RED SOX
1.37: His ERA with hitter-friendly Lancaster in 2007; the rest of the JetHawks combined for a 5.64 ERA.
Opening
Day Age:
21
ETA: 2009
 
95 HECTOR
GOMEZ
SS, ROCKIES
2:  Ranking on our South Atlantic League prospects list last year, the highest for a shortstop since B.J. Upton (No. 1) in 2003.
Opening
Day Age:
20
ETA: 2010
 
96 RYAN
KALISH
OF, RED SOX
.368: His average in 23 New York-Penn League games last year, before an errant pitch broke his hamate bone
Opening
Day Age:
19
ETA: 2010
 
97 CHRIS
PEREZ
RHP, CARDINALS
.155: Opponent batting average against him in two years of pro ball.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2008
 
98 GREG
REYNOLDS
RHP, ROCKIES
8: Starts he made in 2007 before rotator-cuff inflammation necessitated minor surgery.
Opening
Day Age:
22
ETA: 2009
 
99 JEFF
NIEMANN
RHP, RAYS
6-9, 280: His height and weight, making him the biggest player on the Top 100.
Opening
Day Age:
25
ETA: 2008
 
100 DREW
STUBBS
OF, REDS
.366: Batting average after he started choking up on the bat late last season.
Opening
Day Age:
23
ETA:2010
 

 

 

 

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