Prospects for a Happy New Year.

The book’s only been out for two weeks but we’ve fired well past our previous record for sales of the Newberg Report Bound Edition, which of course has everything to do with the memorable, sometimes crazy, truly great season the Rangers had.  I thank you for buying the book, the 12th one I’ve done and by far the easiest story to tell.

Congratulations to Jason Parks, the best of the blue-chip bloggers that this market has, for getting The Call to the big leagues.  To say it’s well deserved is not enough.  It’s about time.

Finally, the annual Newberg Report plate of black-eyed peas – our own little oddly disconnected tradition – my current ranking of the top 72 Rangers prospects, as laid out (with detailed commentary on each player) in the book (which went to print, incidentally, shortly before Texas signed righthander Barret Loux or shortstop Alberto Triunfel):  

1.    Martin Perez, LHP
2.    Tanner Scheppers, RHP
3.    Jurickson Profar, SS
4.    Engel Beltre, OF
5.    Robbie Erlin, LHP
6.    Michael Kirkman, LHP
7.    Luis Sardinas, SS
8.    Robbie Ross, LHP
9.    David Perez, RHP
10.    Wilmer Font, RHP
11.    Jake Skole, OF
12.    Jorge Alfaro, C
13.    Fabio Castillo, RHP
14.    Joe Wieland, RHP
15.    Matt Thompson, RHP
16.    Luke Jackson, RHP
17.    Christian Villanueva, 3B
18.    Miguel De Los Santos, LHP
19.    Mike Olt, 3B
20.    Omar Beltre, RHP
21.    Roman Mendez, RHP
22.    Leury Garcia, SS
23.    Miguel Velazquez, OF
24.    Eric Hurley, RHP
25.    Pedro Strop, RHP
26.    Kellin Deglan, C
27.    Jared Hoying, OF
28.    Cody Buckel, RHP
29.    Hanser Alberto, SS
30.    Neil Ramirez, RHP
31.    Tomas Telis, C
32.    Zach Phillips, LHP
33.    Justin Grimm, RHP
34.    Teodoro Martinez, OF
35.    Drew Robinson, IF-OF
36.    Wilfredo Boscan, RHP
37.    Odubel Herrera, 2B-SS
38.    Jake Brigham, RHP
39.    Craig Gentry, OF
40.    Cody Eppley, RHP
41.    Jose Felix, C
42.    Chad Bell, LHP
43.    Carlos Pimentel, RHP
44.    Tommy Mendonca, 3B
45.    Chris McGuiness, 1B
46.    Kennil Gomez, RHP
47.    Corey Young, LHP
48.    Chad Tracy, 1B
49.    Guillermo Moscoso, RHP
50.    Kasey Kiker, LHP
51.    Richard Alvarez, RHP
52.    Josh Richmond, OF
53.    Ovispo De Los Santos, RHP
54.    Carlos Melo, RHP
55.    Jordan Akins, OF
56.    Trevor Hurley, RHP
57.    Leonel De Los Santos, C
58.    Danny Gutierrez, RHP
59.    Geuris Grullon, LHP
60.    Chris Hanna, LHP
61.    Jimmy Reyes, LHP
62.    Marcus Lemon, 2B-OF
63.    Ruben Sierra Jr., OF
64.    Randol Rojas, RHP
65.    Ryan Strausborger, OF
66.    Cristian Santana, OF
67.    Shawn Blackwell, RHP
68.    Mark Hamburger, RHP
69.    David Paisano, OF
70.    Joseph Ortiz, LHP
71.    Tyler Tufts, RHP
72.    Beau Jones, LHP
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Hope your 2010 was excellent.  Best wishes for an even better 2011 for you, your family, and your baseball team.

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