TD's Top 50 Prospects-#51

Posted by Lionel on February 24, 2009.

With BA posting its annual top 100 prospect list today (which featured Josh Vitters at #51 and Jeff ND at #79), I felt it was time to fire up the 'ol TD Top 50 prospect list. OK, so it's not "ol," it's a brand-spanking new feature. Over the next weeks and months, we will reveal our version of the Top 25 pitchers and Top 25 batters in the Cubs farm system. But before we do that, it is disclaimer time. The TD staff has not seen or scouted any of these players in person. Instead, we took all available information at our disposal to formulate the list. You will find that it varies greatly from the "experts," because it is primarily based on how each player performed in 2008. The list does not attempt to project the player's ability or predict what will happen in the future, it simply gives the '08 stats and tells what makes the player special. We also removed any player we felt would break camp with the Cubs, because we figured you already knew enough about them. That removed Micah Hoffpauir and Jeff ND. Even if we hadn't removed Jeff ND, his minor league numbers wouldn't have stood up against the top 25 pitchers.

So that you could get accustomed to the format and information that we will provide, we'll start with the 51st prospect...

Josh Lansford

Rank: N/A

Age: 24

Position(s): 3B/P

Team(s): Daytona, Tennessee

'08 Key Composite Stats: .243 BA, 25 doubles, 23 errors, K's less than 16% of the time, Son of former MLBer and fantastic 'stache holder Carney Lansford

Acquired: 6th round draft pick, 2006

Breakdown: Lansford was lightly considered to make the top 25 batters list, but was left on the cutting room floor, thanks in large part to the .243 BA and the 23 errors. But what put the 24 year old in the unofficial #51 spot is that he has the chance to move from one list to the other. Lansford is scheduled to move from the 3-sack to the bump this spring. Whether that experiment will work or not is to be seen, but if he can throw, he should be one of the better hitting pitchers. Plus, with some other 3-sacks coming in on the list, he probably wasn't going to see his future playing the hot corner for the Chicago National League Ballclub.

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