Yesterday, Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis tackled a ranking of the best lefthander/righthander prospect duos in baseball in the online “Ask BA” column. He came up with a top 10 — making it clear that he was considering only one pair per organization:
1. David Price/Wade Davis, Rays
2. Derek Holland/Neftali Feliz, Rangers
3. Brett Anderson/Trevor Cahill, Athletics
4. Brian Matusz/Chris Tillman, Orioles
5. Madison Bumgarner/Tim Alderson, Giants
6. Cole Rohrbough/Tommy Hanson, Braves
7. Ross Detwiler/Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
8. Sean West/Ryan Tucker, Marlins
9. Franklin Morales/Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies
10. Casey Crosby/Rick Porcello, Tigers
Yeah, but are you ready?
I asked Callis this afternoon how different his list might have looked had he considered more than one tandem per club. Our exchange, paraphrased, went like this:
JDN: If Perez and Main were also considered, would they have fallen in your top 10 L/R duos?
JC: It’s funny, I was talking about that with someone else, too. Perez and Main might have made the list, yes. You could also say that Kiker and Beavan might make a top 15. And I love Robbie Ross, too.
JDN: You enough of a fan of Font or Neil Ramirez or Hurley or Boscan to pair one of them up with Ross in that sort of hypothetical?
JC: I’d probably say Ramirez out of that group, obviously a lot more projection with the younger guys. But yeah, you could say Texas could have four combos if we went 20 deep.
JC: Their pitching depth is pretty silly.