10 prospects who just missed
Promising prospects who came up just a little bit shy of the top 100 list
Every year I do the top 100 list, I start out with long lists of names for each club, then winnow those to 10 per team, and then pull about 120 or so names from those lists to create the master ranking of the top 100 prospects. Names move around as I go through reports and video and circulate my list to sources I trust in the industry. Inevitably, guys I like for one reason or another just miss the final cut.
Here are 10 more guys who earned strong consideration for the main list but didn't make it. They're presented in rough descending order, so it's fair to assume that the first guy listed here, Henry Owens, was No. 101.
Henry Owens, LHP
Age: 19 Top 2012 level: A (Greeneville)
Key stat: 11.5 K/9
Owens works at just 88-92 mph with a big, slow curveball and some feel for a change, but has posted high strikeout totals in the low minors because he hides the ball so well behind his 6-foot-6 frame that hitters don't pick it up, swinging through 88 mph like it's 94 mph. That can work for guys in the big leagues, but I'd like to see Owens, who doesn't have a ton of projection for future velocity gains, do it against a higher caliber of hitter before buying in fully.
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