Zach Lee, who actually got quite a bit of support in both the #1 and #2 prospect vote, was finally able to pull out a victory to become the TBLA #3 prospect. Lee won by a relatively large margin as he received 28 votes. He was followed by Rubby De La Rosa (18 votes), Dee Gordon (7 votes), and Kenley Jansen (6 votes). Thus far, the TBLA Prospect List looks like:
1. Jerry Sands
3. Zach Lee
So TBLA’s top 3 prospects include a power hitting 1B/outfielder, a speedy center fielder with solid tools across the board, and a high school pitcher who has a lot of potential but has yet to throw a professional pitch.
I’m not adding any additional players into the mix for this vote since I already added Withrow and Miller last round. Feel free to suggest names for the next round, however. We are going to continue voting using the comment method, so refer to the fanpost and submit your vote in the comments. I’m going to leave this vote open for approximately 24 hours, which should give everyone a chance to vote. We will close the vote at 8:30 AM PST on 11/2/10.
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The round 4 candidates (ages as of 2011 opening day):
Kenley Jansen (23.5 years old) RHP – Dominated the minor leagues, and then went on to record the 4th lowest major league rookie ERA in major league history (min 25 innings) at 0.67. Still technically a rookie heading into 2011, major league batters also hit just .130 against him. Will almost certainly stay in the bullpen for the rest of his career.
Dee Gordon (22.75 years old) SS – Has a .297 career minor league batting average and has 126 stolen bases over the past 2 seasons, and scouts still describe him as very raw with a ton of potential. Was one of the younger players in AA in 2010, and despite making a lot of errors at shortstop, many believe he has the tools to one day be a plus defender.
Allen Webster (21 years old) RHP – Webster has been excellent in his 3 minor league seasons, and has a career minor league ERA of 2.76 in 218.1 innings. While his strikeout rate dropped a bit in 2010, his 131.1 innings with the Loons as 20 year old almost doubled his workload from the previous year, so it was expected that he’d tire a bit. He has a low 90’s fastball that hits 94 and has a lot of sink, and his curveball is very solid.
Rubby De La Rosa (22 years old) RHP – Always known for his strong fastball, De La Rosa burst onto the prospect scene in 2010 with a 2.37 ERA in 110.1 innings and won the Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year award. His season was split pretty evenly between LoA and AA, and he actually improved most of his stats upon getting promoted to Chattanooga. He was clocked at 100 mph this year and also has a power slider and a changeup that has potential.
Aaron Miller (23.5 years old) LHP – Was great in the California league, but struggled during his 23 innings in AA. He doesn’t throw real hard, generally working in the low 90’s, but he has great control. He also has a power slider and is working on a changeup.
Chris Withrow (22 years old) RHP – TBLA’s #1 prospect last year, Withrow had a very disappointing 2010 season in AA. However he was one of the youngest players in the Southern League at just 21 years old, so he still have plenty of time to improve his game. He still has great stuff, as Baseball America’s most recent report says that "he features a mid-90s fastball that bores and sinks, and he also spins a plus curveball in the mid-70s."