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Baseball America Ranks Midwest League Prospects, Halos Get Skunked

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After dominating rookie ball prospect lists, the Halos get no love in the Midwest League. BA's Jim Callis had this to say in his chat: "Cedar Rapids didn't have any Top 20 prospects but they had some interesting guys. Amarista is really about 5-foot-5, but he can hit, he has more pop than you'd think, he can run and he can really play second base. Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Chaffee have big arms but don't have a real clue what they're doing yet. Will Smith is a pitchability lefthander, could see him reaching the majors, but he doesn't have a plus pitch. A sleeper to watch is lefty reliever Andrew Taylor. Kernels manager Bill Mosiello raved about Taylor's fastball/slider combo." Fair enough. But ranking three 23-year-olds who put up less-than-dominant seasons ahead of a 20-year-old batting champ second baseman and a 19-year-old (technically - he's really 20) lefty with 3 average pitches, lots of polish, and time to improve? I can't claim bias - BA really touted our guys in rookie ball - but I am surprised.

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