By now, everyone has heard just about everything there is to know about some of the biggest prospects in the game. There probably isn’t too much new I can tell you about guys like Jay Bruce, Joba Chamberlain, Clay Buchholz or Evan Longoria. There has been so much media attention given to the top tier of prospects (more than I can ever remember) that there is a whole gang of young players that are constantly overlooked and forgotten.
So with that being said, I have decided to put together a collection of prospects called “The Best Prospects You Don’t Know” for both leagues comprising of the top prospect at each position (and here’s the key) who you may not know much about. So below is the National League team I have compiled of all the best who you may have never heard about. As always let me know what you think and if I have missed anyone you think deserves to be on here.
CATCHER: J.R. Towles, HOU
After flying through the Minors in 2007 and joining the Astros by year’s end, it gives you a good idea of how good of a young catcher this kid is. Towles is a very good hitter who can hit for average and has above average power (for a catcher) thanks to his very good eye at the plate. He’s a dead pull hitter (which is fine in Houston’s ballpark) but he does need to learn to hit to other fields to be successful in the big leagues. Last season he had 40 at-bats with Houston and hit .375/.432/.575 with 12 RBI. Defensively he is rather quick behind the plate and calls a good game but he could use some work in a few areas such as throwing out base runners. Otherwise projects to be an above average everyday catcher in the Majors.
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