Josh Vitters Remains the Top Prospect

A fan wrote in to Baseball America and asked Jim Callis who he would project as each team's #1 prospect now that we are at roughly the midpoint of the season. To my surprise, he stayed the course with Josh Vitters (despite changing 18 top prospects), although he stated Jose Ceda was making a strong case for the top spot. Looking at what each has accomplished, I think it's hard to stay the course with Vitters No. 1.

Ceda started the year in Daytona, as a starter, and struggled, but the Cubs were simply trying to have him build more arm strength. He went 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in 15 appearances, 12 starts. But he struck out almost a batter per inning and held the opponents to a .212 batting average. Then he was promoted to Tennessee, where he was inserted as the Smokies closer. He has had 10 appearances, 14 and a 1/3 innings, 2 earned runs, giving him an ERA of 1.26. He has struck out 21 guys and has 5 saves.

Meanwhile, Vitters started the year (or shortly thereafter) at Peoria, where he hit .214 and was demoted after 14 AB's. He has rebounded nicely at Boise, hitting .308 with 11 extra base hits in 26 games.

I get that Vitters hasn't celebrated his 19 birthday (Ceda is 21) and that he hasn't even played a full season of professional baseball, but a guy hitting .308 at Boise after being demoted doesn't ring of top prospect to me.

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