Ranking the 'graduated' prospects 

February, 8, 2011

In another follow-up to last month's Top 100 prospects ranking -- here's a look at a few prospects who barely exceeded the eligibility requirements for the Rookie of the Year award, making them ineligible for my rankings as well.

With each player, I've mentioned how they were disqualified and where they would have ranked if they still had rookie status.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Washington
Missed by: 18 innings and one elbow ligament
Would have ranked: No. 1

You know what Strasburg can do, and that he won't do much of it in 2011. The Nationals have every reason to be conservative with his rehab and recovery, and if he takes a mound before instructional league in late September it would be a surprise. The good news for Strasburg is that his injury was not severe, especially when compared to other players who've seen a sudden velocity spike (like Joel Zumaya) only to see their arms fall apart at the seams. It could be another two or three years until Strasburg throws a full, effective major league season, but with all indications that the ligament transplant surgery was successful, he remains Washington's long-term No. 1 starter.

Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland
Missed by: 10 at-bats