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June 18, 2014
by Andrew Koo
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Where are Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco?
Classified as center fielders, as they were brought up.
Jesse Winker has been playing at High A Bakersfield in 2014.
He has! It makes this UPSIDE--a preseason-run number--even more impressive.
FWIW, Winker is going to AA Pensacola this week.
How does Jose Tabata end up number 5 on this list? Maybe the Pirates can use this to trade him and dump his contract.
Mostly from early-career success in the majors. PECOTA, in his long-term projection, has mostly corrected for his recent replacement-levelness.
Also Joc Pederson - is he considered a CF?
How legitimate is Jason Heyward's #2 position on the under 25 list?
I think it's reasonable. It's that high because Heyward debuted so young and started hitting home runs immediately. That's rare. Stanton and Harper did it too, which is why they're up there with him. Plenty of guys can do it so young in the minors (think Jesus Montero) but at the ML level is a much rarer story.
If you're asking whether Heyward > Bryce Harper, the higher rating's mainly because of Heyward's tenure in the league, while Harper is less accomplished. Harper's power numbers do look better long-term, but Heyward gets a major fielding value boost too.
Interesting. Thanks for reply and excellent article.
I'm surprised to see Myers rated below viciedo, Arcia and Tabata. What gives?
Talked about Tabata in a comment above. Myers and Arcia are similar players to PECOTA--good power potential, too much striking out and not enough walking early on in their careers. Viciedo's the same but he's been around longer, too. They're close enough in UPSIDE that I'd group them in the same bin. Can't really definitely say one's better than the other, though Myers probably isn't getting enough credit for his defense.
Grichuk had a good run in the PCL. His K% and negative park effect just seems like a sell high in fantasy. Cards kept him up for his D, but like Gose, ct% will never allow the other tools to play. Actually, Gose has improved greatly with his approach at 13% BB%, so with the elite D and cannon arm he may be a nice little .270-35 CF next year if growth continues.
Speaking of Gose, he seems to see a very high number of pitches per PA, but I can't seem to find that data anywhere. Great skill to have - I think he is growing into a full time every day MLB CFer.
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