Ten prospects who just missed 

January, 27, 2011

Because the prospect depth in the minors right now is shallow compared to the last three years in which I compiled my Top 100 ranking, I changed this year's list more times than I remember doing in any previous year. Some names on early drafts just didn't add up once I reviewed notes and video and made some calls, while I also added names of players I overlooked. A handful of players hung around the revisions until the very end, including eight of the names here. It wasn't by design, but four different Cubs prospects fit in the near-miss category, including two players who were on last year's top 100 but fell off because of their 2010 seasons.

Here they are, the near-misses for the Top 100:

Position players

Brett Jackson, CF, Chicago Cubs: In effect, Jackson is player No. 101 this year, as he was for the last cut. He projects as an average big league regular at this point, solid across the board but lacking a plus tool. He tore apart the Florida State League and hit the ground running in Double-A, but after those first four games in the Southern League he hit .258/.352/.426 the rest of the way, striking out in more than a quarter of his at-bats. He's a big leaguer, and a prospect, but I have always swung this list toward higher-risk upside guys.