Ryan Westmoreland, the man we call Manifest Destiny, has taken his spot at number 11--brain surgery and all.
Many groups have chosen to leave Ryan Westmoreland off of their lists after his operation this past spring. Some here felt that we should have done the same. Still, I feel there's a good reason to leave Westy in. Not because his injury is the same as any other player's, but because for fans, his evaluation is much the same.
Generally speaking, when it comes to prospects, we just don't know. We see their stats, we hear the reports, and we cobble that together with various weights to decide, ultimately, that a player is X good. The great scouts of the world have maybe one step up on us, but even for them it's uncertain.
So when we look at Westmoreland, the process can be the same as for any other player. We know the sky was the limit for him before surgery. We know that brain surgery can do a serious number on anyone--one they might not recover from. We know at this point that Ryan is back to normal in much of his life, shoe tying and sunglasses aside, but that he's not back to his old level in baseball--though glimmers emerge now and then.
What do we make of all this? About the same as we make of our knowledge that Tazawa needed Tommy John surgery. Or that Anthony Ranaudo's injury issues led to a very unimpressive performance at LSU. We take what we know, and we form an opinion. And it's with that sort of limited knowledge that we come up with these lists, which actually prove to be pretty decent at spotting quality players in the long run of things.
So with that out of the way, let's hit up #12.
1. Ryan Kalish, OF
2. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
3. Jose Iglesias, SS
4. Felix Doubront, LHP
5. Drake Britton, LHP
6. Ryan Lavarnway, C
7. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP
8. Lars Anderson, 1B
9. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B
10. Josh Reddick, OF
11. Ryan Westmoreland, OF
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