mlb 07/14/07 12:43 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> This past winter, I wrote the prospect section in our 2007 Fantasy Preview. The rankings were based largely on the impact these players would have this season, with at least a loose eye on long-term potential. That is what prospecting is all about, isn't it?

It's time to take a look back at the list and see just how prescient I was. This has been an unbelievably great year for high-profile callups, with a tremendous amount of high-ceiling hitters and pitchers at least getting a taste of the bigs in the first half.

What's the prognosis for each player? What does the short- and long-term future look like from a fantasy perspective? That's what this midterm report is designed to examine.

One caveat: Any list like this is going to be arbitrary. Using the preview list prevents contributors like Hunter Pence (No. 26), Yovani Gallardo (27), Tim Lincecum (31), Brandon Wood (33) and Travis Buck (44) from being discussed here. But if you've been reading this all year, you know we've broken down all of them, especially a guy like Lincecum, ad nauseum.

Delmon Young, OF, Devil Rays
Preaseason Rank: 1

What he's done so far: Shown flashes of power and speed, with nine homers and six steals in his first 81 games.
What he'll do the rest of this year: June was his best month so far, a sign that he's making some serious adjustments. He leads all rookies in RBIs, and that should continue. Considering his slugging percentage jumped nearly 50 points in June, the power numbers should continue to climb as well. The prediction that he'd be a favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors still stands.
What he'll do long term: There still aren't too many five-tool prospects out there who can help in every fantasy category like Young will. He may never be a huge steals guy (think 15-20 instead of 30-35), but the sky is still very much the limit.

Alex Gordon, 3B, Royals
Preseason Rank: 2

What he's done so far: After an absolutely brutal start, hitting under .200 through the first two months, Gordon has figured some things out and hit .327 in June while continuing to show surprising basestealing acumen.
What he'll do the rest of this year: It's pretty clear he's arrived. His overall numbers may not look that pretty because of the slow start, but if you can get him the rest of the way, you won't be disappointed. What he doesn't give you in terms of expected power numbers, he's making up for with the steals (nine so far). But he should give you some run production, as his .500 slugging percentage in June indicates.
What he'll do long term: As time passes, the steals will dissipate some and the power will increase. When all is said and done, we're still looking at a third baseman who'll hit .300 and drive in 100-plus runs with 25 or more homers every year.

Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks
Preseason Rank: 3

What he's done so far: The average hasn't been there, but the power-speed combination has. He's racked up 11 homers and eight steals in 71 games despite missing several games with a groin injury.
What he'll do the rest of this year: With something like a groin injury, Young's wheels may not be 100 percent for much of the rest of the year, so he may not go nuts on the basepaths. He stole only two bases while hitting .196 in June. Still, the prediction of a 15-homer, 15-steal season shouldn't be a problem.
What he'll do long term: His strikeout ratios have taken a small hit, not a huge shock for a young player in his rookie season. It remains to be seen whether Young evolves into a fantasy superstar, complete with power, speed and average, or if he's more of a Mike Cameron type. Either way, he's a nice commodity to have.

Homer Bailey, SP, Reds
Preseason Rank: 4

What he's done so far: Been going in the wrong direction. After a decent debut and a fairly gutsy second start, Bailey pitched a gem in start No. 3. Since then, he's given up 13 runs over 5 2/3 innings spanning two starts. The two most concerning things are how hittable he's been (.314 batting average against) and how wild he's been (19 walks, 10 strikeouts in five starts).
What he'll do the rest of this year: The Reds are already out of it and have recently changed managers. Hopefully, they'll let Bailey work it out and leave him in the rotation. There could come a time, however, if he continues to struggle this much, that they might consider sending him back to Triple-A to work things out.
What he'll do long term: He's still one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and only 21 years old. He's a confident kid, so there's no reason to believe he won't be able to get past this adversity. In terms of fantasy value, you may not reap much benefit until 2008, but if frustrated owners cut bait, don't hesitate to take a chance.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
Preseason Rank: 5

What he's done so far: He's been as advertised, a steady, if perhaps unspectacular, performer. The power really started to come in June, when he hit six of his eight home runs and posted a .515 slugging percentage.
What he'll do the rest of this year: More of the same. He may not reach the 22 homers fellow Long Beach State shortstop Bobby Crosby had in his rookie season, but he will finish with a much higher average. Tulo's at .281 right now and that sounds about right.
What he'll do long term: He may never wow anyone, but he's the kind of guy who'll be underdrafted and put up solid numbers every year. As some of the older shortstop studs hit the twilights of their careers, Tulo's numbers up the middle will help every fantasy owner.

Matt Garza, SP, Twins
Preseason Rank: 6

What he's done so far: Garza hasn't pitched yet in the bigs in 2007, but he was recently called up and will make a spot start in a doubleheader before the break. He was good, not great, in Triple-A, with a 3.62 ERA in 16 starts. He's still missing a lot of bats, with 95 Ks in 92 innings.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Hard to figure. He got passed up by Kevin Slowey, who's been inconsistent in his first taste of big-league life. Garza, Slowey, Boof Bonser and Scott Baker are all in the bigs right now, and there's not enough room for all of them. If Garza can sneak into the rotation, he's a guy worth looking at, especially because of his strikeout potential.
What he'll do long term: Of all of those young pitchers, Garza still has the greatest potential to be a front-of-the-rotation guy. Remember, this is just his second full season of pro ball, so it's not like he's behind the curve at all.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Padres
Preseason Rank: 7

What he's done so far: He's had a tough go of it so far in the bigs, hitting just .216. In the Minors, he'd always hit, but injuries got in the way. This year, his bat got going in May to the tune of a .303 average and a .576 slugging percentage, but his progress was impeded when he missed a bunch of games in June because of a back strain.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Depends on what the Padres do. They're in a tight National League West race, and they might want to try to upgrade in some areas come deadline time. Kouz might have to show that he can duplicate his May numbers, or come close, to keep a full-time gig going.
What he'll do long term: I still love the bat, and over time, he's going to hit for average and power. Whether he does that as an everyday, top-flight player or as a platooner/semi-regular remains to be seen.

Andy LaRoche, 3B, Dodgers
Preseason Rank: 8

What he's done so far: LaRoche got the call in early May, but only got 38 at-bats to show what he could do. He showed he could get on base, with a .436 on-base percentage in spite of his .216 average. He's come on strong since going back down even though he missed a couple of weeks, hitting .350 for Triple-A Vegas entering Monday's play.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Hit and for power. But most likely it'll be in the Pacific Coast League, what with Nomar Garciaparra moving over to third so James Loney can play first. Of course, if Nomar gets hurt ...
What he'll do long term: LaRoche has had some injury issues crop up here and there, but he's still just 23 and profiles as a prototypical third baseman. All he needs is an opportunity, and he'll likely get another one in 2008 at the latest.

Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies
Preseason Rank: 9

What he's done so far: He's hit just .205 over 43 games, though some good plate discipline has helped him post a .327 on-base percentage. So far, Yorvit Torrealba has gotten more playing time behind the plate, though neither has been exceptional.
What he'll do the rest of this year: The Rockies would love for Iannetta to grab hold of the starting job and make it his; he certainly has more upside than Torrealba. But it's more likely he'll ride some ups and downs in 2007.
What he'll do long term: I still like his long-term prospects as a productive fantasy catcher, so those of you in keeper leagues, especially in NL-only leagues, hold onto him.

Phil Hughes, SP, Yankees
Preseason Rank: 10

What he's done so far: What a strange trip it's been for the Yankees uber-prospect. First, he got the call and nearly pitched a no-hitter in his second big-league start. But he came out of that game in the seventh inning because of a hamstring injury. He followed that by spraining his ankle during conditioning exercises while on the disabled list. He's been throwing bullpen sessions and could be close to beginning a rehab assignment.
What he'll do the rest of this year: The Yankees will, and should, be very cautious with the 21-year-old future ace. He could be ready to go by the end of the month, but they may take more time than that, perhaps depending on where they are in the standings. That being said, the No. 5 spot in the rotation is still wide open, and Hughes could spend the last two months of the season in New York.
What he'll do long term: No reason to change any prognostications. He showed what he could do in that second start. Yes, he's that good. Once he's 100 percent healthy, he'll show how consistently good he can be every five days.

James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
Preseason Rank: 11

What he's done so far: Finally got a full-time job in the big leagues. Loney got called up in early June and was going to get some playing time in the outfield as well. A collision with the right-field wall ended that idea, and the Dodgers recently moved Nomar to third so Loney could play first every day. He's hit .393 with a 1.139 OPS in 55 at-bats so far this season in the bigs.
What he'll do the rest of this year: He can flat-out hit, and he'll continue to hit for average back at his natural position. A .700-plus slugging percentage seems a little unrealistic, but in his brief time in the bigs last year and this season, it seems that his power has come out more than it has at any point in the Minors.
What he'll do long term: It seems like he's been around forever, but he's only 23. The power will come -- I think he'll end up with more pop than the Mark Graces of the world, not that being Mark Grace is a bad thing. But for the fantasy player, Loney should settle in as a pretty good run producer with 15-20 homers and 90-100 RBIs per annum down the road.

Adam Lind, OF, Blue Jays
Preseason Rank: 12

What he's done so far: As predicted, the Jays found a spot for Lind's bat in the lineup when Reed Johnson got hurt in mid-April. He started well enough but slumped terribly in May. He's hit just .234, a far cry from the .330 he hit in 2006, with 20 extra-base hits in 231 at-bats.
What he'll do the rest of this year: If he doesn't heat up, the Jays will have an interesting decision to make. Johnson could be back soon after the All-Star break, and there are only so many at-bats to go around. Lind might be better served getting regular at-bats in Triple-A.
What he'll do long term: The bat is going to play in the big leagues and should provide some power. He'll be limited to left field or designated hitter, and his future fantasy value, at least in 2008, will depend on whether there's an opportunity for him to play every day.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
Preseason Rank: 13

What he's done so far: Been much better than advertised. Never underestimate the scrappy overachiever. Pedroia has hit .323 through July 1 as Boston's everyday second baseman. His 20 doubles have helped him post a respectable .450 slugging percentage.
What he'll do the rest of this year: More of the same. He may not be a fantasy wunderkind, but a second baseman who can hit over .300, especially in AL-only leagues, is nothing to sneeze at. If he continues to hit leadoff, his runs scored totals should improve
What he'll do long term: He's never going to steal a bunch of bases or hit a ton of homers, but Pedroia should be a consistent fantasy performer over the course of his career. He'll eventually hit a few more balls over the wall (10-15-ish) and score runs in bunches as he solidifies himself as a top-of-the-order type of hitter.

Mike Pelfrey, SP, Mets
Preseason Rank: 14

What he's done so far: Not a whole lot in the bigs. Pelfrey didn't pitch well in April and May, getting sent down in favor of Jorge Sosa. He pitched fairly well in Triple-A and got called up when Oliver Perez had his start pushed back. He pitched capably in a loss on Sunday.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Sosa hit the DL with a bad hammy and could miss a month. Pelfrey pitched well enough to at least get a shot at filling that spot in the rotation until Sosa gets back.
What he'll do long term: He still has top-of-the-rotation stuff, and people just need to be patient for it to turn up in performance. New York isn't the best market for that, but even if he heads back to New Orleans after Sosa comes back, he'll get another shot at the rotation in 2008.

Jason Hirsh, SP, Rockies
Preseason Rank: 15

What he's done so far: Been inconsistent. He began the year well, with a 3.41 ERA in April, but he followed that with a 6.68 May and 5.46 June. Homers have been a problem, something he didn't have an issue with in the Minors. Hirsh has yielded 16 long balls, and they've been evenly split between Coors Field and away ballparks.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Hirsh is a pretty heady pitcher who just has to trust his stuff to get big-league hitters out. In the midst of all his struggles, he tossed his first complete game early in June, so the potential is there. That being said, only those in deep NL-only leagues need to take a flier at this point.
What he'll do long term: The big right-hander has an excellent future. Whether he can reach that potential in Colorado remains to be seen. Look for a stronger second half this year, though, which should springboard him to a much, much better 2008 campaign.

Ryan Braun, 3B, Brewers
Preseason Rank: 17

What he's done so far: There was no question that his bat was ready to do big-league damage; Milwaukee just wanted him to work on his defense down in Triple-A for a while. He's made six errors in 34 games since getting called up near the end of May, which is fine when you consider how much he's doing offensively. He's put himself smack in the middle of the NL ROY race by hitting .341 with a .998 OPS in 138 at-bats.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Keep on raking and playing just well enough defensively to keep him at third. With 22 extra-base hits and seven steals, he's a power-speed combination at the hot corner that fantasy players in all leagues should consider.
What he'll do long term: If you don't have him, get him. If you're in a keeper league, do it the second you read this. He's the kind of young player you build a fantasy -- and real -- franchise around.

Miguel Montero, C, Diamondbacks
Preseason Rank: 18

What he's done so far: Become a quasi-platoon player. The lefty-swinging backstop has gotten almost all of his playing time vs. right-handed pitching, without too much success. He does have five homers in 119 at-bats, but he's also hit only .227. He's hit a touch better lately.
What he'll do the rest of this year: The Diamondbacks would love for Montero to take the reins behind the plate. Chris Snyder isn't lighting it up, either, and Montero has much more upside. The D-backs are right in the thick of things in the NL West, so they could use someone to get hot at that position.
What he'll do long term: He's still the future at catcher for Arizona, but he may need a fresh start in 2008 to get going, especially if the club goes out and tries to get some help for a playoff run.

Billy Butler, OF, Royals
Preseason Rank: 20

What he's done so far: Been up and down and back up again. He's hit .262 in 65 at-bats and has been getting regular playing time as a 21-year-old DH since being called up in mid-June.
What he'll do the rest of this year: If he plays, he'll hit. His numbers in Triple-A were once again outstanding, so he has nothing left to prove there. The Royals would benefit from letting him learn on the job in the bigs, though an outfield spot would be better, especially for those of us looking for a little positional flexibility in 2008.
What he'll do long term: He's the type of guy who should battle for batting titles in the not-too-distant future. He'll also be a run producer and hit a fair share of homers along the way. A special bat, no doubt. His value would diminish only if he ends up being strictly a DH. But you find room for Travis Hafner, don't you?

Ryan Sweeney, OF, White Sox
Preseason Rank: 21

What he's done so far: Got a three-week look on the South Side. Sweeney was summoned to play center field for a chunk of May, picking up 45 at-bats and not doing much with them. He's hit fairly well in
Triple-A -- .294 -- albeit still without much power.
What he'll do the rest of this year: Sweeney really doesn't have much else to prove in the Minors, but there's no spot for him on the White Sox 25-man roster. Of course, with the big club having struggled for much of the first half, if things get blown up, Sweeney could get a long look.
What he'll do long term: Even though it seems like he's been on the landscape forever, Sweeney is just 22. If it doesn't happen this year, it'll happen in 2008, either in Chicago or someplace else. And once he settles in, he's going to produce, and the power will eventually come.

Felix Pie, OF, Cubs
Preseason Rank: 22

What he's done so far: Been yanked around a bit. Pie filled in for the Cubs in center when Alfonso Soriano was banged up early in the year. Then he stuck around but didn't play much and eventually got sent back down to the Minors to play every day. After hitting .389 in 31 games for Triple-A Iowa, he got called up because of some injuries in the Cubs outfield. He saw fairly regular playing time in June, getting 87 at-bats. He's hit just .219 with six steals in 137 total big-league at-bats.
What he'll do the rest of this year: The Cubs need to either clear space for him to play center every day or send him back to Iowa so he can play every day. They're hanging around .500 and could talk themselves into competing for the NL Central crown, which would probably mean Pie wouldn't get consistent at-bats the rest of the way.
What he'll do long term: He's just about ready to explode at the big-league level. If he gets regular playing time the rest of the way this year, he'll break out in 2008. Otherwise, it could take a little bit longer. Still, he's just 22 and has about as much upside as anyone on this list.