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May 12, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

May 12, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Shane Peterson, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento)
I’m not in the habit of hyping 26-year-old prospects, especially ones who aren’t dripping with impact-level tools, and perhaps its even dishonest to put the prospect label on the player to begin with, given the fact that Peterson has more than 2,300 plate appearances in the upper minors and did, in fact, reach the major leagues for two games worth of coffee in April 2013. But just because this isn’t a premium talent—the kind that encourages fan excitement and page views—doesn’t mean you can’t find value in the profile and project a major-league future, a future that is likely to eclipse a majority of the “complex level, tools first, game skills second” types that I frequently choose to write about. Peterson can play all three outfield positions, although his physical skill set is a better fit in a corner spot, and he can definitely play first base, but the bat obviously falls short of the offensive standards at that position. Peterson is an attrition hitter; he forces pitchers to work for the privilege of an out, and despite a lack of over-the-fence power, he can sting mistakes with his left-handed stroke, should a pitcher eventually make one through the course of the sequence. He’s not a burner but he’s a smart baserunner, and along with the willingness to walk brings secondary skills to his power-limited offensive profile. He’s a prototypical A’s player in most regards, and even though he’s likely a tweener at the highest level, he’s still a valuable player if you can limit his limitations and maximize his positive attributes. Oddly enough, I’m pretty high on Peterson, despite the lack of plus tools or his lack of being a Dominican teenager. –Jason Parks

A.J. Jimenez, C, Blue Jays (Double-A Manchester)
When a catcher progresses into the upper levels, the focus begins to shift toward the development of the finer points of the position. The interest usually centers on how well he can handle a staff and manage the overall game. The assertiveness of the player can also be a leading indicator as to how the defensive game is coming together and whether it is approaching major-league caliber. I’ve had a chance to see Jimenez a handful of times this season, and the defensive polish is there. Not only is the backstop firm with his receiving skills and fluid with his movements behind the dish, but the game management skills stand out. Whether it’s having the feel for when to go out to the mound to settle down his pitcher, working to set the pace of the game, or taking control of situations with the infielders, Jimenez has in some shape or form showed me with each look that he’s trending toward being ready to play defensively in The Show. The bat has left me with some questions, mostly surrounding how well it can handle quality velocity and stuff, but the glove should be good enough to give Jimenez a good chance at sticking around on a roster in some capacity to carve out an extended career. –Chris Mellen

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