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Baseball America's top-10 Ranger prospects

Baseball America ran its top-10 list of Rangers prospects today, with Yu Darvish on top (since he hasn't pitched in the majors yet). The complete list:

1. Yu Darvish, RHP

2. Jurickson Profar, SS

3. Martin Perez, LHP

4. Mike Olt, 3B

5. Leonys Martin, OF

6. Neil Ramirez, RHP

7. Cody Buckel, RHP

8. Jorge Alfaro, C

9. Christian Villanueva, 3B

10. Rougned Odor, 2B

Other categories:

Best Hitter for Average: Jurickson Profar

Best Power Hitter: Mike Olt

Best Strike Zone Discipline: Jurickson Profar

Fastest Baserunner: Leury Garcia

Best Athlete: Jordan Akins

Best Fastball: Yu Darvish

Best Curveball: Martin Perez

Best Slider: Yu Darvish

Best Changeup: Miguel De Los Santos

Best Control: Cody Buckel

Best Defensive Catcher: Kellin Deglan

Best Defensive Infielder: Jurickson Profar

Best Infield Arm: Leury Garcia

Best Defensive: OF Engel Beltre

Best Outfield Arm: Jordan Akins

Also, BA's Jim Callis answered some questions from readers today and was asked this question:

In light of the Yankees' acquisition of Michael Pineda and the Rangers' signing of Yu Darvish , who is the better long-term prospect on ability alone? Ignore their respective contract situations, which clearly favor Pineda. (Eric Rothfeld, NJ)

Callis: Though I'm still leery of the track record of Japanese imports, I'd take Darvish over Pineda. Darvish has a better body (6-foot-5 and 225 pounds vs. 6-foot-7 and 260), better fastball life and command and a deeper repertoire.

Pineda isn't far behind Darvish, however, and at 23 he's two-plus years younger. He throws a consistent mid-90s fastball and mid-80s slider, and he struck out 173 in 171 innings as a rookie last year. He also will cost a lot less, as he won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season. Meanwhile, the Rangers will spend $107.7 million on Darvish over the next six years (between his posting fee and major league contract).

That said, if I ran the Yankees and had their financial resources at my disposal, I'd prefer to spend the money on Darvish and keep Jesus Montero rather than saving cash by using Montero to get Pineda from the Mariners. New York did make an astute move by getting hard-throwing teenager Jose Campos in the Montero/Pineda trade.

You can read the whole transcript here.