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Split Decisions: Future Closers

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at a pair of likely future closers: Max Scherzer and Chris Perez.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Low K Rate Pitchers

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at three righthanders who are bunched together in the rankings: Carlos Carrasco, Chris Volstad and Nick Blackburn.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Apples And Oranges

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here they compare two outfielders with dramatically different resumes: Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Heyward.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Future AL East Aces

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. First up is a discussion of the game's top two pitching prospects: Clay Buchholz and Joba Chamberlain.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Prospects: Best Of The Rest

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In the first step of our Top 100 process, each voter compiles a personal top 150, and then we tabulate them and let the arguments begin. They couldn't crack the official Top 100, but 92 additional prospects received votes in the top 150s. Here they are in alphabetical order, with the number of votes they received and their highest ranking on any list.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Risk Factors: Will Inman

In addition to ranking the Top 100 Prospects for 2007, we also wanted to take a look at some risk factors that the prospects will have to overcome in order to reach their full potential, as well as a look at a best case and worst case scenario for the future.

Minors | #2007#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Risk Factors: Drew Stubbs

In addition to ranking the Top 100 Prospects for 2007, we also wanted to take a look at some risk factors that the prospects will have to overcome in order to reach their full potential, as well as a look at a best case and worst case scenario for the future.

Minors | #2007#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects