Updated Future Forty
The Future Forty has been updated for the last time during the offseason. The next update will come at the end of spring training, and then we will resume monthly updates during the season.
The big change is the removal of Clint Nageotte, who, as I had overlooked in the last update, passed the service time required to maintain rookie status, and is no longer eligible for the list. Also leaving were Aaron Taylor (traded to Colorado) and Ryan Rowland-Smith (selected in Rule 5 draft), and I shuffled a few guys around after having more substantial conversations with people who convinced me I was wrong about a certain aspect of the player. Joining the list are three fringey prospects; Rick Guttormson, Brent Johnson, and Jared Thomas.
I avoided adding Yuniesky Betancourt at this time because, frankly, it would be guessing on my part. The reports on him are all over the board, and we don’t really know anything about Betancourt at this point in time. Yes, he’s probably one of the M’s 40 best prospects right now, but whether he’s #2 or #40 is complete speculation, so I’ll leave him off the list until I actually have a capable reason for placing him in a specific spot.
If I’ve been neglecting your prospect related questions, this is also a good catch-all thread for those. Feel free to use the search function of the site first, however, as I may have already answered your question in the past.