In a surprise move, Baseball America named outfielder Dominic Brown as the top prospect in a steadily improving farm system. [Link]
Although John Manuel, who compiled the rankings, believes the top 7 prospects are somewhat interchangeable, Brown’s tools, notably his swing, power potential, speed and outfield arm, set him apart despite strong 2008 showings by Carlos Carrasco, Michael Taylor and Lou Marson, among others. Brown, 21, spent the season in Low-A Lakewood, where he hit .291/.382/.417 with nine homers and 22 stolen bases, impressing scouts with a solid showing in the fall Hawaiian League. Brown, repeatedly compared to Darryl Strawberry, heads a group that made long strides last season, and with an ’08 draft class considered the Phillies’ strongest in years, BA considers the farm system to be in good standing among the rest of baseball.