Prospects: Past, Present and Phailure…

May 11, 2010 | John West

Baseball America has a great website.  On their site, they have an extensive prospect section.  I highly recommend reading it, often.

Their lead prospect writer is a guy named Jim Callis.  He has been doing this for 20 years.  To mark his 20th year, he came up with a list of the top 20 prospects during the last 20 years.  This is one interesting list.  Stephen Strasburg is the highest rated prospect over the last 20 years.

The list is of particular interest to Orioles fans for several reasons.  Ben McDonald is the 3rd highest rated prospect over the last 20 years.  Mark Prior is 2 and Justin Upton is 4.  All Everything Superman of a catcher Matt Wieters is 10th on this list.  That seams about right.

One of the most interesting things on this list is there are 2 prospects that are going to be drafted in the upcoming MLB draft.  The Orioles pick 3rd.  Dare we hope?  If you know me and this blog, then heck yes! Let’s hope it up!  It also helps that the Pirates pick 2nd overall.  The Pirates have a long and distinct track record of drafting players they can sign, not the best player available.  This is why they are working on their 18thconsecutive losing season, while the Orioles are only on their 13th consecutive losing season..  This is why I am speculating that the Pirates will not spend the money to draft Taillon.

Bryce Harper is this years Matt Wieters.  The Nats will take him number 1.  Bryce Harper comes in at 15 on this list.  At 17 on the list is Jameson Taillon, rhp from a high school in Texas.  Here is a quick review of what I have found on Jameson Taillon.  He is 6-7, 230 lbs.  He throws right handed.  He has 3 pitches he can throw for strikes, throws in the mid 90’s, sometimes high 90’s, and a great delivery.  It’s said that his mound presence is his strength.  Oh My God!!!!!  Is it possible the Orioles could draft this kid number 3 overall.  Yes, it’s very possible.

Actually, I will go so far as to say this……If Andy McPhailure’s “PLAN” is to grow the arms, and we have the chance to draft and grow this arm, and McPhailure decides not to, then I am done with him.