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InsideTheDome Top 50 Prospects: #10-1
10. Ryan Roberts- 2B 2004 Ranking: 49th Roberts makes a great leap in the rankings and has labeled himself as a legit second base prospect. The infielder possesses lots of power, especially for the position he plays, and he is showing no signs of stopping. After hitting .287 with nine home runs and thirty-five runs batted in during forty-two games with Dunedin, Roberts took hit bat to New Hampshire and hit .272 with fifteen home runs and forty-four runs batted in during ninety-two games. The Blue Jays then sent Roberts to play in the Arizona Fall League and the 25-year-old hit five home runs in twenty-seven games. 9. Lee Gronkiewicz- RHP 2004 Ranking: Not in organization Gronkiewicz did not pitch for the Blue Jays organization in 2004 and joined them in December of that year after departing from the Indians organization. The right-hander was sent to pitch with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and went 2-0 with a 1.41 ERA in thirty-eight games, accumulating twenty-four saves. Opponents hit .179 off Gronkiewicz during his stint at Double-A, before his promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. There, he went 0-1 with a 2.22 ERA in twenty-eight appearances, with opponents hitting just .206 off him. Gronkiewicz struck out nearly nine batters per nine-innings at the Triple-A level and we expect him to be given a fair shot at the majors in the spring of '06. 8. Casey Janssen- RHP 2004 Rankings: Not ranked Janssen was on the bubble to make last seasons rankings, but just missed the cut. The right-hander made sure to get in this seasons' rankings. The UCLA product began the season with Lansing and finished it with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, pitching extremely well in every level. Lugnuts manager Ken Joyce told InsideTheDome that he believes Janssen could be in the major leagues by the end of the 2006 season. The 24-year-old perfected his cutter this past season, and that enabled him to deceit opposing batters and give him the upper edge on the mound. 7. Guillermo Quiroz- C 2004 Ranking: 4th Scouts rave about this catcher, and if could stay healthy he would be a legitimate top prospect in many organizations. However, Quiroz has quickly received the label of being injury prone, having missed at least half the season in two different years. Quiroz is an above average defensive catcher and displays plus power for a catcher. Quiroz played the second half of the 2005 season and the organization then sent him to play in the Arizona Fall League, and had a solid performance. Quiroz told InsideTheDome that he will continue making up for loss time on the field, by going and playing winter ball this winter, and is currently doing so. 6. Shaun Marcum- RHP 2004 Ranking: 7th The former college shortstop found his way to the major leagues in 2005 as a reliever, and that spot is likely to be his permanent role as a major leaguer. The right-hander has tremendous command of all his pitches and uses a terrific changeup and slider along with his fastball to get hitters out, and keep them off balanced. We expect him to see significant time in the major leagues this season and therefore end his tenure s a rookie and his time on this list. 5. Adam Lind- LF 2004 Ranking: 16th "He can very well be in the top ten this time next season." That was how we ended the report on Lind in last seasons rankings, and the phrase stands correct a year later. The left-hander dominated the Florida State League pitchers in 2005 and also proved his critics wrong by developing more power. Lind hit a career high twelve home runs and also had forty-two doubles this past season. That is a sign that hit home runs numbers will increase down the road. The 22-year-old has an excellent eye at the plate and profiles as a great two-hole hitter in the major leagues. Some talent evaluators worry about his defense, but teammates tell us Lind is an extremely hard worker, and is dedicated to getting better in left field. 4. Josh Banks- RHP 2004 Ranking: 2nd The first person to drop from last season's rankings is Banks. Then again being ranked at No.2 there is not much room to go up. However, this drop is really not his fault. The players above him in these rankings had superb seasons and had to climb in the rankings no matter what the situation. Banks has the best command in the Blue Jays system, and it is a discredit to him if you judge Banks by his stats alone. The right-hander has an above-average fastball, a solid slider, and a good splitter. Some view him more of a reliever down the road, but either way he should have a good chance of proving himself in the major leagues. 3. David Purcey- LHP 2004 Ranking: 9th Stuff wise, he has the making of a true ace. The left-hander features an excellent fastball, a deadly curveball, but he must learn to keep his mechanics consistent. His biggest foe is his command, and if he learns to throw all his pitches for strikes, he has an even bigger upside than anyone in the system. The 23-year-old's walk ratios drop him just slightly in the rankings. 2. Zach Jackson- LHP 2004 Ranking: 12th We keep on repeating this every time we spotlight Jackson but it never gets old, and it is a sign of a great pitcher. The left-hander was struggling during April with the Dunedin Blue Jays and after allowing nine runs in one outing he immediately changed his work ethic and pushed himself to the max. Jackson finished the season with Triple-A Syracuse and should begin the 2006 season with the SkyChiefs. His funky motion makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball and focus on his release point. 1. Dustin McGowan- RHP 2004 Ranking: 5th "If not for Tommy John Surgery, McGowan would have been ranked number one." That was our comment when we ranked McGowan fifth in our rankings last year. This year, however, the right-hander pitched without incident just thirteen months after undergoing TJS. Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun said if McGowan gains command of his fastball a little better he will be Curt Schilling. Need more? The right-hander barely qualifies as a ‘rookie' and therefore eligible for this list.
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