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Best prospects in deadline deals

Some premium prospects found new homes as part of deadline trade packages

Updated: August 3, 2011, 3:20 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Jarred CosartAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesJarred Cosart went to Houston in the Hunter Pence deal and could emerge as a frontline starter.

Although it took a while to get started, this year's trade deadline saw more than 30 prospects change organizations between Wednesday and Sunday. More accurately, 30 minor league players changed organizations, but plenty were very real prospects, as all of the talk (including from yours truly) about teams overvaluing their own young talent went out the window as three teams traded their top pitching prospect for veterans to shore up their playoff runs. Here are my top ten prospects that got moved, and how they fit into their new organizations.


1. Drew Pomeranz, LHP

Colorado Rockies (from Cleveland Indians)

The first college pitcher selected in the 2010 draft justified the selection in his full-season debut and should begin his Colorado career at Double-A Tulsa. He's on pace for a 2012 big league debut, as the 6-foot-5 power southpaw already has two plus big league pitches in his low-to-mid 90s fastball and outstanding curve. Word of warning: He's a flyball pitcher, so he'll need to miss bats to avoid that becoming a problem in Coors.