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November 25, 2009 at 1:33 PM

SoxProspects rankings shakeup

The SoxProspects rankings received a little bit of a shake-up today, particularly towards the top. Ryan Westmoreland jumped up to the second spot, switching spots with Josh Reddick, who slides down to four. Reddick and Ryan Kalish continue to run neck-and-neck as the top outfielder in the higher levels, with Kalish barely edging out Reddick this time around. Anthony Rizzo also moved up two spots to sixth. Looking on down the line, Derrik Gibson, Dustin Richardson, Tim Federowicz, and Mark Wagner also jumped up into the top twenty.

Most of the rankings changes can be attributed to updated scouting report information we’ve received through conversations with the Sox front office, expert scouts, and other baseball professionals. For example, we continue to receive glowing reviews of Westmoreland, which has only reinforced are previous evaluations of his potential. Similarly, the positive reports on Rizzo – particularly his defense – have persisted throughout the off-season.

Some of the rankings adjustments are also attributable to fall and winter league performance. In those cases, the evaluations are based far more on recent scouting evaluations than those players’ small sample size statistical performances. For instance, reports on Richardson’s fastball in the Arizona Fall League have been impressive, while he put up an inconsistent statistical performance for Mesa this fall.

Next season, look for weekly Rankings Reports on the SoxProspects rankings adjustments.