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The Sox Top Position Prospects

and their rough ETA:

...and their rough ETA:

SS - Sergio Miranda ('10)
2B - Richar ('08), then Getz ('09-'10)
3B - Fields (now)
LF - none, really
CF - BA ('08)
RF - Sweeney ('08)
1B/DH - Chris Carter ('10)

The biggest problem in our system, aside from the lack of top end, is that there is literally 1 decent positional prospect in AA or A+ and he's injured (Getz).  That's just really bad.

The lack of top end isn't something to overlook though.  I think, of the ETA '08 or sooner, only Fields could be better than average at the plate at this point.  Sweeney could be that eventually, but there are plenty of doubters out there at this point.  Carter and Miranda I'm irrationally sweet on, but the fact is that both are in Kanny, not Birmingham.  We need a SS and a power bat that can play the OF.  Sweeney and Anderson would play great D out there, so a total stiff in the field in left wouldn't be that big a deal if we're getting some elite power out there.  I would target Vlad after '08 for that LF spot.  

Oh, and just for kicks, here's pitching prospects:

SP - Floyd ('08)
SP - Gio ('09)
SP - Broadway ('09)
SP - Egbert ('09)
SP - DLS ('10)

Gio's estimate comes without knowing how he'll do in AAA, same with Egbert, though I don't know if they'll promote him or not this year.  Broadway pretty clearly needs another year of seasoning, as his walk rate has doubled and his K rate has declined further.  Egbert may end up being what Broadway was hoped to be: a mid-rotation groundball machine.  If at any point we have a rotation consisting of both Floyd and Broadway, we're probably in trouble.  Fortunately, Buehrle's signing means we probably won't have to.

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