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Centerfield Prospects

Today at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein ranks the top CF prospects. Not surprisingly, there are no Rangers in teh top 15, but there are a couple of notes. One bad:


That Julio Borbon (Rangers, 35th overall) received a big league deal is another testament to just how good an agent Scott Boras is, and how much some scouts overrate speed at times. No matter how fast Borbon is, he's completely bereft of any secondary skills, drawing just six walks in 40 games this year (and that's college ball), while slugging only three home runs.

and one good (sort of):
Honorable Mention
Brandon Boggs, Rangers: A little bit older than most (turns 25 in January), the former Georgia Tech star has power, defensive chops, and a propensity for strikeouts..

nice to see Boggs get a mention, especially a positive mention about defense... I am guessing Goldstein's comment about Borbon being "bereft" of other skills (besides speed) was something he has heard from a scout (not just based on the numbers), but that is just a guess on my part. Even with that, you have to wonder which scout said it, but in any case it is not a positive comment at all. In fact it was in the paragraph that began with this comment about another Ranger:
Unlike 2005, this year's draft was anything but a good one for athletic up-the-middle players, including center fielders. The top high school hopeful was arguably Michael Main, who is instead pitching (and doing quite well, thank you) for the Rangers.

Not sure if the Rangers need a pitcher or a CF more at this point, hopefully Main's potential will be maximized as a pitcher.
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