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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #2, Ron Miller

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March 15, 2012

Number 2 on the Compton Countdown is a guy my old pal Zuk would have loved – Ron Miller.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #3, Trey Williams

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March 14, 2012

Number 3 on the Compton showcase Countdown is Trey Williams.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #4, Max Fried

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March 13, 2012

Number 4 on the Compton Countdown, it’s a philosophical pick: left-handed pitcher or raw power. Teenage lefty who can touch 94-95 and pitch at 91-93 or bat speed kids with raw power.

I love pitching, I do, I really do, but can you name me 10 guys in the major leagues with plus, plus raw power? Good, neither can I.

Therefore, Max, who on some lists in SoCal this year is probably two, goes four for me on this list. And it’s still rough, because I like Fried. But let me explain how I think and understand that I think the top four guys on this list are all going to be major league regulars.

It’s gutty and even risky and probably an unconventional pick in this industry, but it’s fine by me. I gotta have hitters with raw power in an age of pitchers. I just do. This is a damn good pitching draft and there are very, very few hitters I have seen who are major league regulars with power for me. Hey, I’m sorry, blame my old boy Bob Zuk for teaching me to respect power when I see it. (Alas, he wanted Ryan Klesko and got cross-checked into some other dude instead. Damn, Bob was pissed.)

I have to go with the raw power at 3 and 2, which means Max Fried slips to 4 in this itty bitty little countdown which makes great content but really means a whole lot of nothing.

And this reminds me, I never used to do lists on this site, why did I start now? Serioulsy, preference lists inside the baseball industry are savage — draft table discussions are brutally honest and cut-throat. Machiavelli could be in some draft rooms and say, “Damn, guys, take it easy.” I hate rankings because it makes me say why I don’t like players, which I HATE doing. So this is it. From now on, I’m keeping all my rankings in-house.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #5, Shane Watson

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March 12, 2012

Number 5 on the Compton Countdown is right-hander Shane Watson.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #6, Justin Garza

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March 9, 2012

It’s Number 6 in the year that Little Guys Rule: I also put Saylor and Lopes on the list, but you can’t ignore Justin Garza, who sat 94 in his one-inning look.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #7, Cody Poteet

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March 8, 2012

Cody Poteet has number 7 in the Compton Countdown.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #8, Daniel Robertson

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March 8, 2012

Daniel Robertson is number 8 on the Compton Countdown.

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #9, Zach Jemiola

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March 6, 2012

On to Number 9 in the Compton countdown, here’s right-hander Zach Jemiola, one of these big country boys with raw arms from out in Temecula.


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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #10, Tim Lopes

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March 5, 2012

Here comes number 10 in the great Academy Awards, also known as our top twelve list from the Compton Academy showcase in February. I’ve got Tim Lopes, infielder, from Christian Lopes/Henry Owens High (Edison).

 

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #11, Tanner Rahier

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March 2, 2012

Continuing the Top 12 prospect list from the scouting showcase down at Compton in early February, here’s number 11, Tanner Rahier.

 

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