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January 13, 2014
by Jason Parks
Prospect rankings primer
Last year's Padres list
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Where does Joe Wieland fit in with the Padres ?
Wasn't prospect eligible because of service time.
Please change my head shot.
The one thing that I find to be mildly annoying about these lists is the arbitrary cut off at ten. In other words, I would like to read more about Cordero.
Nice work, as always.
This is the highest praise I've ever seen for Alex Dickerson. The 6+ power potential surprises me. Is he a better prospect than Jaff Decker?
Several sources like the bat more. Dickerson has legit power potential. Most people have seen more of it during batting practice than in game action, but he can hit the ball a long way. If the power works--which isn't a given--he could hit 25 bombs.
Would Alex Dickerson crack the Pirates Top 15?
I doubt it. He would most likely be a Factor on the Farm rather than a prospect in the running for the list. That system has impact talent and depth. Tough to crack the top 20.
How close was Travis Jankowski? Does he have a realistic chance?
He wasn't in the running. Personally, I was trying to squeeze Franchy Cordero on the top ten more than any other player. Jankowski's bat doesn't do much for me.
...so, we'll be getting the rest of the "Evening with TV personality" series around May, then?
I know he recently had TJS, but have you heard anything scoutwise on catcher Rodney Daal? Thank you.
I was always a fan of Daal, as I was able to watch him in person several times. I believe Nick Faleris was high on him as well. He can swing it; good arm-side hitter that can square velocity; has pop in the bat. It's a good profile. Major league projections.
I don't think I have ever been as eager to see someone play based solely on their DEFENSIVE REPUTATION as I am with Austin Hedges.
For now, this is worth watching again.
That video makes me have child-like accidents.
Jason, you mentioned some new info on Friday that influenced your rankings. Is it appropriate for you to share whose ranking that influenced?
Several reports received a boost. I ended up with seven outside the org (scouts/front office) sources with this farm. As for the players that moved around: Dickerson jumped into the top ten; Peterson moved up a spot; Ross moved down.
When you said you'd take Hedges seventh or eighth for fantasy purposes, does that mean seventh or eighth out of Padres prospects, seventh or eighth out of all minor league catching prospects, or possibly both?
Originally I thought you were talking about only Padres prospects, because at first glance it seems low to rank him as the 7th best fantasy catching prospect. On second thought though, I assume Hedges would rank below guys like Alfaro, d'Arnaud, Sanchez, Pinto, and maybe Swihart and McGuire for fantasy purposes, so maybe that's not too low afterall.
I meant 7th or 8th out of Padres prospects, though he probably falls behind that general range overall among catching prospects for fantasy purposes (depending on the size of your league).
Thoughts on Duanel Jones and Yeison Ascencio? Non-prospects?
Both are iffy prospects. Jones is the bigger stretch because of the approach and the holes in the swing. He's still young, but its a developmental long shot. Asencio is a slightly better hitter, but its still a below-average profile. I wouldn't bet on either one.
There have been reports from other sources that Wisler's ceiling is a number 2 starter. Keith Law mentioned in a chat that Wisler's ceiling is a "number 2 or better". Can his stuff get him there? Or do you need to see an uptick in stuff for that to happen?
I think the scouting report above best describes my feelings on Wisler. I think its a mid-rotation projection or a late-innings arm if the delivery breaks down and he struggles to locate the secondary stuff. If the stuff ticks up, which I'm not projecting, the evaluation will (and should) change. But as of right now, I don't feel comfortable projecting Wisler as a #2 or higher.
As a Mississippi State fan, it's great seeing Renfroe up there already. The only thing I disagree on his report is the 6 arm. He's got a cannon out there. Seen him throw 96-98 on the mound, too.
6 utility. The arm is plenty strong, but the throws don't always have the carry or accuracy to warrant a higher grade at this time.
I get accuracy, but I'm not sure I understand 'carry?' Isn't that just a function of arm strength? Or are you saying he does a bad job of launching the ball at the appropriate angle to the ground as well as right to left (which I assume is in accuracy)?
(I get carry off a bat, but no one's putting backspin or topspin much differently on a throw, right?)
Is Spangenberg more likely than Forsythe or Amarista to get the utility guy job this year?
I wouldn't think so.
Fuentes, Quackenbush and/or Andriese perhaps some of the next names considered factors on the farm after the 3 mentioned?
Any chance Fuentes can stick as a starter (platoon starter) or his upside limited to 4th or 5th OF?
Are Quackenbush's struggles in AAA a sign of inability for his stuff to play at higher levels or just an adjustment period?
Andriese anything more than org arm? 5th starter potential? Any bullpen possibility.
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