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Joc Pederson, James Baldwin Get Love in BA's top Pioneer League Prospects

Baseball America's top 20 Pioneer League prospects came out today, and two players from the Ogden Raptors made the list.  Joc Pederson was ranked #3, while James Baldwin came in at #11.  The high ranking for Pederson is a bit surprising to me given that he is ahead of 1st round picks CJ Cron and Kaleb Cowart, but I'm not complaining. 

In terms of scouting reports, I'll summarize and say that Pederson was compared to Gerardo Parra to Brian Giles, and is expected to be a corner outfielder in the big leagues with a ceiling of 15 to 20 homers annually.  Baldwin was praised for his athleticism and projection, but has a problem making contact.  One manager said ""He'll show you plus tools, but I wouldn't bet the house on him hitting good pitching," one manager said. "We threw him nothing but fastballs and he couldn't catch up."

I missed the chat because it was early, but there was a question about O'Koyea Dickson not making the list.  According to Matt Eddy, he hit well in the most extreme hitter's park in the league plus he plays 1st base, so he needs to mash in the higher minor leagues to get respect.  The other question about the Raptors asked if anyone else came close to making the list, and to probably everyone's surprise Eddy mentioned NDFA Eric Eadington as someone to watch as he has a 92-94 mph fastball from the left side.

Finally, it was interesting to look back on the Pioneer League list from 5 years ago when 3 Dodgers made the list.  Bryan Morris was actually ranked in the #1 prospect in the league in 2006, and Josh Bell was 2nd.  Steven Johnson was the final member of the group and he came in at #15.

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