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2008 was an interesting time for baseball. We all thought that Barry Bonds would sign somewhere. Manny Ramirez seemed like a lock for the Hall of Fame. Adam Dunn was one player and not half the league. And there were some pretty good prospects. How good? Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Freddie Freeman, and Giancarlo Stanton were all top 50 prospects.
And none of them were in the top ten. So, with the year winding down, it's a perfect time to look at the 2008 top ten prospects and reflect on their decade in pro baseball.
10. Colby Rasmus
A 6-2, 195, lefty hitting and throwing outfielder, Rasmus would get his first call-up in 2009 with the Cardinals. He played there until 2011, when he was traded to Toronto in an eight player deal. He'd last through 2014 with the Blue Jays before signing with the Astros and spending two seasons in Houston. After stints in both Tampa Bay and Baltimore where he voluntarily stepped away twice, he's essentially retired. He never made an All-Star Game, never led the league in any categories, and the closest he got to winning any awards was when he received one Rookie of the Year vote in 2009. Still, he managed to carve out a ten year career in the big leagues.
9. Neftali Feliz
A 6-3, 235, righty hitting and throwing relief pitcher, Feliz made his major league debut in 2009, but it was 2010 where he became a superstar. He was named an All-Star and won AL Rookie of the Year. However, despite having him, the Rangers would still lose the World Series to the Giants in five games. Feliz and the Rangers would rebound and make the World Series again the next year, but it's clear where this is going. If Feliz just struck David Freese out, we'd be talking about him as one of the better relievers in the majors. But he didn't. He was shook, injured, and after his release in 2015, spent time with four different teams. He was most recently part of the Diamondbacks farm system.
8. Alcides Escobar
A 6-1, 205, righty hitting and throwing shortstop, Escobar spent his first three seasons in Milwaukee, and in 2011, was part of the trade that got Zack Greinke to the Brewers and sent him and Lorenzo Cain to Kansas City. He has been remarkably durable, playing all 162 games three times in four seasons from 2014-17. The one season he didn't? He was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove, and won the World Series. Since then though? It's been up and down for him, with the Royals trying him out at different positions and ultimately benching him for Adalberto Mondesi in 2018. He's currently a free agent.
7. Travis Snider
A 6-0, 235, lefty hitting and throwing outfielder, Snider would mostly be a bench player his first four seasons in the majors, never getting 300 at bats. After the Blue Jays traded him to Pittsburgh though, things changed. He was suddenly the starting right fielder on a team that made it to the NLDS. He took on a lesser role with the emergence of Gregory Polanco, but still helped the Pirates in both corner outfield spots. Then they traded him and went from a good team to a very bad one, but brought him back when he couldn't catch on with the Orioles. Since then, he's been in the farm systems of three teams, and was most recently with the Long Island Ducks, an independent baseball team.
6. Madison Bumgarner
A 6-4, 242, righty hitting, lefty throwing pitcher, MadBum is the first real star on this list. He's already arguably the greatest postseason pitcher to ever live, posting a tiny 0.25 ERA in World Series play. He's also the best hitting pitcher of a generation, with 17 career homers and an OPS over .700 in three seasons. Since he made his debut in 2009, he's been a four time All-Star, a three time champion, a two time Silver Slugger, an NLCS MVP, a World Series MVP, and he hasn't even hit 30 yet. He's still under contract with the Giants until 2020.
5. Cameron Maybin
A 6-3, 215, righty hitting and throwing outfielder, Maybin has been a major league disappointment at best. Compared to Ken Griffey Jr in high school, he's been a journeyman in the bigs. He started with the Tigers, before being traded to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis in December 2007. The Marlins traded him to the Padres in November 2010. The Padres traded him the day before Opening Day 2015 to the Braves. The Braves traded him back to the Tigers in November 2015. The Tigers traded him again, this time to the Angels, in November 2016, only to waive him in August 2017. The Astros picked him up, where he won the World Series. He then re-signed with the Marlins, only to be traded to the Mariners. He's currently a free agent.
4. Rick Porcello
A 6-5, 205, righty hitting and throwing pitcher, Porcello made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2009. Jim Leyland trusted him enough to start him in a win or go home Game 163, and be pitched well, although the Tigers lost. Since then, Porcello's been a mediocre to below average pitcher, even after his trade to the Red Sox, with one exception: 2016. Somehow Rick Porcello, a player who's never even made an All-Star team, won the Cy Young. Whether he deserved it is another discussion, but he still won it. Two years later, he won the World Series with the Red Sox. He's still under contract with them through 2019.
3. Jason Heyward
A 6-5, 240, lefty hitting and throwing right fielder, Heyward quickly rose to stardom with the Braves, being named to his first and only All-Star team his rookie season in 2010. If nothing else, he's an absolute stud defensively, even to this day. He would stay in Atlanta until he was traded to the Cardinals in November 2014, despite winning two Gold Gloves. He won another in his only season in St. Louis, after which he left for the Cubs. In Chicago, he'd win another couple Gold Gloves, as well as the 2016 World Series. He is currently still under contract with the Cubs.
2. Matt Wieters
A 6-5, 235, switch hitting, righty throwing catcher, Wieters was called up for the first time in 2009. Not only was he soon the Orioles starting catcher, he was one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. In his first All-Star season, 2011, he had 17 DRS and won a Gold Glove. He followed it up with another All-Star season in 2012 and a solid season in 2013, he was off to his best offensive start in 2014, but a Tommy John Surgery would end his season after 26 games (he was still voted an All-Star despite this). This surgery would keep him out the first two months in 2015, although he'd return to the All-Star Game in 2016. He'd leave Baltimore for the Nationals in 2017, and in 2018 he wouldn't be re-signed after a season with multiple DL stints. He's currently a free agent.
1. David Price
A 6-5, 215, lefty hitting and throwing pitcher, Price was called up in September 2008, and was a dominant piece of the Rays bullpen en route to their run to the AL Pennant. He made the team from the get go in 2009, and in 2010 broke out, being named to his first All-Star team. Two years after that, he’d win a Cy Young. He'd be traded at the deadline twice in two years, from the Rays to the Tigers in 2014 (where he joined fellow Cy Young winners Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Rick Porcello in the rotation), and from the Tigers to the Blue Jays in 2015. In 2016 he signed a record free agent deal with the Red Sox, and finally slayed his postseason demons in the 2018 World Series. He's currently under contract until 2023.