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April 28, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

April 28, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


Dalton Pompey, CF, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin)
During the offseason, Pompey’s name was in the running for the Jays top 10 list, and after falling short of that distinction he was in the running (but not chosen) to be named a prospect on the rise in that organization. The omission is our mistake—and a foolish one at that—as the 21-year-old outfielder has blossomed into arguably the top position prospect in the Blue Jays organization, a toolsy dream of a player who is finally healthy and putting the pieces together on the field. A relatively unknown 16th-round draft pick in 2010, Pompey has struggled with injuries, most notably a broken hamate bone, but he has always flashed the promise, especially the plus-plus speed (and plus-plus baserunning) and defensive chops in center field. A switch-hitter at present, Pompey is superior from the left side of the plate, with a quick to-the-ball stroke and gap pop. While he’s far from a finished product—the right-side bat can look like a mess, with poor balance and bat control, and the defense in center is still more raw athleticism than crisp reads and routes—the step forward in 2014 is legitimate, and if Pompey can stay healthy, he should reach the Double-A level at some point during the season and emerge as a nationally recognized prospect. –Jason Parks

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
The stage was set for Polanco’s very own hype machine to gain tremendous steam at the outset of the 2014 season. If it weren’t enough that Polanco hit .285/.356/.434 across two levels in 2013, including a solid showing as a 21-year old in Double-A, the Pirates outfielder went to the Dominican Winter League and raked. After a .331/.428/.494 line with five home runs and 10 doubles in 44 games, Polanco ranked as the no. 2 prospect in a strong Pirates system. After that, the hype was rolling in and Polanco’s .402 average and 12 extra-base hits in 22 Triple-A games has only continued to build the anticipation for his arrival. Over the last few days, I have asked multiple veteran scouts about Polanco. After explicitly asking them to identify the fatal flaw that could hold Polanco back, each struggled and could come up only with handling same-side breaking balls; each of them even cautioned that this amounted to nitpicking. Polanco has all the tools to be a future star alongside Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen in the Pirates outfield, and at this point, it is becoming difficult to temper expectations ahead of his major league arrival. –Mark Anderson

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach)
Gallo’s prodigious raw power has been well documented since he signed with the organization, and the 38 home runs launched in A-ball last year showed that the 20-year-old third baseman knows how to lift the ball. The swing features max extension and a ton of leverage, which serves as the trigger for his huge raw as well as the area of concern for his hit tool. It’s a double-edged sword.

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johnsotyler

Has anyone been able to see or get a report on Ryan McMahon? He's been crushing and I keep anticipating a write up on him!

Apr 28, 2014 04:10 AM
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carlbrownson
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BP seems to have a Texas-centered prospect approach nowadays.

Apr 28, 2014 04:17 AM
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Kyle Matte

If you would like to prove yourself as a scout and start submitting first hand reports from the northeast, I'm sure Jason would love to have you.

It's been said many times that the reports come from where the scouts are. Kind of hard for Jason or Chris or Mark to write a ten-pack blurb about a guy that plays a thousand miles from them.

Apr 28, 2014 05:15 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

We write about talent. No preferences.

Apr 28, 2014 06:02 AM
 
delatopia

Such a lazy critique. It's like insisting a coin must be biased for coming up heads eight times and tails twice in a random sampling.

Apr 28, 2014 08:26 AM
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carlbrownson

You all are hilarious. Of course it's random, delatopia, and of course I'm "lazy" for noticing it. And of course it's also not random, Kyle, and of course it's my fault for not writing the product I subscribed to.

Anyway, I don't believe for a second that there is "no preference" here for things Texan. Up and In podcasts used to feature you, Jason, saying things like "6'5", 70 fastball with movement, Texan," as if "Texan" was a factor like having a 70 fastball. You did it all the time. And now Rangers prospects get featured at a rate that's probably five-to-one over every other team's prospects in baseball on this site. Which is fine - I still read them! But let's not pretend the one thing has nothing to do with the other. Maybe you really believe they don't have anything to do with each other, but if you believe that, you're not being transparent to yourself.

Just a passing observation, not meant to rile up the fanboys. I enjoy reading the write-ups. Carry on.

Apr 28, 2014 15:23 PM
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DanDaMan

How did this remark get censored? I think we're being a little overly sensitive here.

Apr 28, 2014 19:13 PM
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Sammy30

What number would you give Pompey as his upside and where do you think he will realistically end up. Can he be a 6 or does he top out as a 5?
Thanks,
Phil

Apr 28, 2014 06:46 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

Could be a 6; 4/5 outfielder floor

Apr 28, 2014 09:18 AM
 
pareto

It's very disappointing that Ben Lively continues to be ignored. Can't remember a California League stretch to start a year like he's had. 40:1 K:BB, 29 scoreless. Maybe I'm missing something written elsewhere on BP?

Apr 28, 2014 07:12 AM
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adamtkay5

Lived in Cotuit and watched Tony Kemp all summer he was there. Not sure what people say about his make up, but no one played the game harder or with more enthusiasm. Saw him make many smaller plays that help a team (hustle doubles, 1st to 3rd, backing up 1st base on bunts, etc.) A very "smart" player as well; I've heard him reference BABIP and his own batted ball data.

I know you can't quantify it, but I feel like coaches and people in the organization will give him every opportunity to succeed because he is so like-able.

Apr 28, 2014 07:22 AM
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Dave from Pittsburgh

GREGORY POLANCO I WANT TO HAVE YOUR BABIES!

Apr 28, 2014 07:39 AM
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slemar37

@jstoyler

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22525

Not much has changed since preseason. McMahon is a monster.

Apr 28, 2014 08:20 AM
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achase

Is Eugenio Suarez's power really that minimal? .551 slugging percentage this year, and some decent pop in prior years. By the numbers, at least, his issue is more about getting on base...or am I missing something?

Apr 28, 2014 08:44 AM
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BP staff member Tucker Blair
BP staff

Suarez shows some pop, but it is more gap-to-gap type than true HR power. Certainly not a "hollow" bat by any means. He has started off the season hot, but keep in mind that this is a smaller-framed player with more reliance on bat speed than true raw power.

Apr 28, 2014 09:08 AM
 
ClintRamone

Should Pompey abandon the switch hitting or stick with it?

Apr 28, 2014 09:20 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

It's easy for me to say he should abandon it based on the scouting and the stats, but from a developmental standpoint, he still has a lot of room to grow as a switch-hitter, and the ultimate advantage could prove to be lucrative if given more time to figure it out.

Apr 28, 2014 09:25 AM
 
Kyle Matte

Dalton Pompey is at least a 60-grade baseball name, too.

Apr 28, 2014 09:55 AM
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newsense

Nick Williams - why wouldn't a "fringe average" arm play in LF?

Apr 28, 2014 11:27 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

Here's something very about Nick Williams: While I agree that the present arm grades out below-average because of the utility, the overall arm strength has shown plus before (he could hit the 90s from the mound as an amateur). Williams is a very raw player when it comes to skills, and the utility of the arm is one of those underdeveloped skills. Just this spring, I saw him throw a laser from deep CF all the way to second on a line. Easy plus throw. But a few plays later he triple-hopped the second baseman on a similar throw. The arm strength is absolutely there, buried somewhere in his loaded physical profile, But its very hard to forecast how it will eventually play, which is also true of his fielding and running.

Apr 28, 2014 13:02 PM
 
Ace Black

The Tigers Double-A affilate is in Erie. Great reports, keep 'em coming.

Apr 28, 2014 12:37 PM
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phreaks619

"My Cousin Vinny" released in 1992. Joey Gallo born in 1993...coincidence?

Apr 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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balticwolf

Jesus Aguilar of the Indians: a forgotten prospect who has been raking at AAA. Very high line drive rate with lots of power (though in a hitter's park). Is he for real?

Apr 28, 2014 14:50 PM
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