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native_astro
12-04-2008, 10:29 PM
Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects


1. Matt Wieters, c (Orioles)

2. Tommy Hanson, rhp (Braves)

3. Brian Matusz, rhp (Orioles)

4. Logan Morrison, 1b (Marlins)

5. Carlos Triunfel, ss/2b (Mariners)

6. Bud Norris, rhp (Astros)

7. Gordon Beckham, ss (White Sox)

8. J.P. Arencibia, c (Blue Jays)

9. Justin Smoak, 1b (Rangers)

10. Brett Wallace, 3b (Cardinals)

11. Dan Cortes, rhp (Royals)

12. Sean West, lhp (Marlins)

13. Julio Borbon, of (Rangers)

14. Sean Doolittle, 1b/of (Athletics)

15. Tyler Flowers, c (White Sox)

16. Aaron Poreda, lhp (White Sox)

17. Jason Donald, ss (Phillies)

18. Scott Cousins, of (Marlins)

19. Jeff Manship, rhp (Twins)

20. Eric Young Jr., of/if (Rockies

link: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1815



Additional Info from the chat...

Q: Robert from San Francisco, CA asks:
What is Bud Norris' ETA in Houston? It seems like he could have a more immediate impact as a reliever but if he can throw 3 pitches will he have more value as a starter? Thanks.

A: Kary Booher: A couple of questions popped into this chat about Norris, who reached the Top 10 on this list because several scouts thought he had the best and most exciting stuff after you talked about Tommy Hanson and Brian Matusz. Thing is, we could see Norris in Houston early next year, especially if they don't know exactly-or are too cautious about—the health of Felipe Paulino's shoulder. Norris missed two months this year because of an elbow strain, then was eased back at Double-A Corpus Christi. He still showed enough to wow scouts, tinkering with a changeup late in the season. When he was in Arizona, he had the sizzle back on his fastball and that alone had scouts sensing he could be a back-of-the-bullpen kind of guy. But it's the Astros, who need a lot of help, and Norris could be valuable in the rotation immediately. His slider breaks down and away, and that will keep him in the majors. Short term, I say he's a starter now. But I'd like to see how he fares his second time through the NL Central.

Q: Keith from Fort Dix NJ asks:
What do you think Astros will do with Bud Norris? Thanks

A: Kary Booher: One more thing on Norris that I didn't mention on the prior question. He's listed as a 6-foot righthander, so his downward plane isn't as great as others. That could be a factor if he is stays in the rotation. If he can keep pounding the zone, yes. But when his stuff flattens out, he's hittable and, in Minute Maid Park, well, you know how that can be.

link: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/winter-baseball/arizona-fall-league/2008/267288.html

Jermster
12-04-2008, 10:40 PM
That is Good.

RelaxedFan
12-05-2008, 09:11 AM
Two Top Ten prospects in the Fall Leagues. Castro in Hawaii and now Norris is AFL