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Project Prospect's Top 5 shortstop prospects

"1 Jose Iglesias Glove is MLB-ready and bat has potential 20.7 AA BOS SS n/a B- 2 Danny Espinosa Decent bet to turn into a MLB regular 23.4 MLB WAS SS 2B B- 3 Manny Machado Highest offensive upside on this list 18.2 SS BAL SS DH B- 4 Darwin Barney Good D & contact but won't hit for power 24.9 MLB CHC SS 2B C+ 5 Hak-Ju Lee Not built for power; does everything else 19.9 A CHC SS n/a C+" Project Prospect is a fairly solid site that offers a unique voice and places higher emphasis on floor than many other rankings ... but let's just say that, while I agree with their blurb on Darwin Barney, and while I think Barney, in the right situation, could be a starting shortstop in the bigs, I really don't view him as the 4th best overall shortstop prospect in the minors. That said, he has a strong glove and he'll make enough contact, particularly since he's a good breaking ball hitter that, if he found a better situation, you could envision him as a starter in the bigs (more for a 2nd tier squad). They've come out with their 1st base and 2nd base lists so far, with no Cubs making it either in the rankings or HM at those two spots (not that surprising).

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