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BP on Danks/masset

Future shock, baseball prospectus just realised there list of the top ten prospects in the white sox system with Danks as #1, and masset as the # 10

1. John Danks, lhp
DOB: 4/15/85
Height/Weight: 6-2/190
Bats/Throws: L/L
Drafted: 1st round, 2003, Texas HS
What he did in 2006: 4.15 ERA at AA (69.1-74-22-82); 4.33 at AAA (70.2-67-34-72)
The Good: Young lefthander found success at Triple-A thanks to effective three-pitch mix. Curveball is best offering, but fastball also has plus velocity for a southpaw, sitting at 90-92 mph. Changeup is more than just usable, and projects as a third plus pitch.
The Bad: Danks has an annoying habit of getting hit hard initially after each promotion and needing to adjust each time. His fastball can be a little too true and he has a tendency to work high in the zone, which has led to an elevated home run rate.
The Irrelevant: ERA in first seven Pacific Coast League starts: 5.97. ERA in last seven: 2.75.
In a Perfect World, He Becomes: An above-average big league starter.
Gap Between What He Is Now, And What He Can Be: Average. By trading Brandon McCarthy, White Sox GM Kenny Williams gained a new No. 1 prospect, but left a hole at the bottom of the rotation that Danks is not ready to step into, according to most. Still, the White Sox feel he'll provide much greater long-term value.

10. Nick Massett, rhp
DOB: 5/17/82
Height/Weight: 6-4/190
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted: 8th round, 2000, St. Petersburg (Florida) JUCO (DNF)
What he did in 2006: 2.06 ERA at AA (48-38-20-40); 4.81 ERA at AAA (67.1-79-28-65); 4.15 ERA at MLB (8.2-9-2-4).
The Good: 92-94 mph fastball touches 96 and features late, heavy sink. Curveball and changeup are both at least average and plus at times.
The Bad: Massett has a sizeable platoon split, with lefthanders hitting him hard. His stuff grades out more higher than his stuff does by a significant margin without a good explanation as to why.
The Irrelevant: Masset suddenly became a strike-throwing machine this winter in Mexico, walking just two in 20.2 innings and registering 15 saves in 20 appearances.
In a Perfect World, He Becomes: A solid big league reliever who can possibly deliver emergency starts here and there.
Gap Between What He Is Now, And What He Can Be: Low. Acquired from Texas in the Brandon McCarthy deal, Masset will be given a good opportunity to earn a big league bullpen job in spring training.

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