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The Next Carlos Quentin

Recently I was asked for my pick as "The Next Carlos Quentin."  I didn't have an answer at the time, so let's try to figure it out.  First let us attempt to define Quentin.

  • Baseball America Top 100 prospects rankings: 22nd in '05, 22nd in '06.  .900+ OPSs at Double A and Triple A.
  • Solid rookie debut in 166 ABs in '06.  Lost season in '07, affected by injury.  Traded to White Sox.
  • Undrafted in mixed leagues heading into the season.
  • Posted a 2008 fantasy line of .288-36-100-96-7 in 480 ABs.

So...let's start by finding position players who ranked highly on BA's top 100 lists in '06 and '07.  We'll also narrow it to players who are not being drafted in the top 200:

  • Delmon Young
  • Justin Upton
  • Brandon Wood
  • Ian Stewart
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • Andy LaRoche
  • Felix Pie
  • Daric Barton
  • Billy Butler
  • Cameron Maybin
  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • Jeff Clement
  • Neil Walker
  • Erick Aybar
  • Andrew McCutchen
  • Elvis Andrus
  • Ryan Sweeney

Ronny Cedeno and Kendry Morales made the '05 list but not '06, but I'll include them anyway.  That puts us at 19 position players who may become the next Carlos Quentin.  This feels like a reality show. 

To technically find the next Quentin you may be left with LaRoche and Pie, who did have lost 2008 seasons.  And both were traded recently into new organizations where they figure to get a nice playing time opportunity.  But anyone on that list above has the same post-hype sleeper quality that Quentin had and the prospect pedigree to match - Wood, Stewart, and Butler for example.  Who do you like?

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