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August 25, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Open Thread Of Prospect Talk

by Kevin Goldstein

Hi Everyone,

Between an appointment and some technical issues, there will be no Minor League Update today, but I want to make it up to you, so feel free to ask questions about prospects, the draft, and whatever else you like below and I'll check in every hour or so to chime in and answer as many as I can. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we'll still be talking prospects, right?

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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If you could go Fedora shopping with any prospect currently playing in the minors, who would be the lucky lad and why?

Aug 25, 2011 09:47 AM
 
BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Jared Head, Miles Head or Stephen Head.

Aug 25, 2011 09:48 AM
 
sungods7n

Too bad Benny Agbayani & Kevin Mench are not prospects.

Aug 25, 2011 09:53 AM
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HeavyHitter

& Bruce Bochy.

Aug 25, 2011 16:08 PM
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SenatorsGuy

Brian Dozier/SS Twins - will he stick at short? Is he good enough to figure as an "average" MLB shortstop? Any tools grade over a 50 now or projecting in the future?

Aug 25, 2011 09:48 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's not a toolsy guy, but he is a huge makeup kid who gets the most out of what he has. That said, he really can hit, with a excellent sense for contact. He's not the kind of fast-twitch athlete you want at short, but could end up as a solid every day 2B with average, some walks, but little power.

Aug 25, 2011 09:51 AM
 
LRock32

What is Drew Hutchison's ceiling? His debut last night in AA was impressive (5IP 2H 0R 2BB 7K) and he seems to be climbing the ladder in the Toronto organization quickly.

Aug 25, 2011 09:48 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He is climbing the ladder and scouts have been very impressed with him. I think his ceiling is a three starter, and to re-iterate, that is VERY strong praise.

Aug 25, 2011 09:49 AM
 
Aaron/YYZ

What should we think about the disappointing season that Matt Lipka has had?

Aug 25, 2011 09:49 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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That he has far more development in front of him than initially expected. More troubling is just how little progress he's made. The holes in his game that scouts saw in April are still there.

Aug 25, 2011 09:52 AM
 
Aaron/YYZ

I'll look forward to the full offseason scouting report presuming he still slides into the back end of the Top 20.

Aug 25, 2011 09:57 AM
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robstol
(194)

Not a question about a specific procspect here but -- are there any college coaches/programs that actually do a good job in minimizing the abuse heaped upon their pitchers?

Aug 25, 2011 09:49 AM
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timber

Not Kevin, but during the NCAA regionals there was a lot of talk about how careful Florida is with guys considered to have a very bright pro future, eg Karsten Whitson. They keep strict pitch count limits.

Aug 25, 2011 10:09 AM
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Jivas
(649)

Tony Gwynn was very careful with Stephen Strasburg at San Diego State, refusing to pitch him in relief the same weekend as his start and generally keeping his pitch count down.

Sure, Strasburg got hurt his second year of pro ball, but it wasn't a result of overuse by Gwynn.

Aug 25, 2011 13:57 PM
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robstol
(194)

I wonder if that's the rule for Gwynn or was simply done because of the increased scrutiny on a phenom.

Aug 26, 2011 10:23 AM
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Cromulent

Derek Norris is still doing the power and patience thing but his appalling lack of contact (.199 BA as of this morning) seems like a big red flag. Are there positive reports or is his stock on the way down?

Aug 25, 2011 09:49 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I still like the Mickey Tettleton comps. He really can do some things, it's just that hit for average is not one of them.

Aug 25, 2011 09:53 AM
 
Cardinals645

What is the range of scouting reports you're getting on Oscar Taveras' power ceiling? Is it possible he just winds up a 'tweener: unable to play CF, but not enough power for RF?

Aug 25, 2011 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It's certainly possible. I don't ever think he'll be a masher, but he can really hit, and the higher of an average he can do that at, the less the power matters. Some have projected average power (15-20 per year) down the road for him.

Aug 25, 2011 09:54 AM
 
elongenhagen

I'm curious about what separates Jose Iglesias from other glove only shortstops like Freddy Galvis and Gustavo Nunez. More projection left in his bat? Is he much better defensively than the other guys? It just seems like he is much more highly touted than players with similar skills sets and I wantd you thoughts on it. Thanks

Aug 25, 2011 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I think everyone expected him to hit much more than he has this year. Nobody expected greatness, but more of an empty .270 as opposed to an empty .220.

Aug 25, 2011 09:55 AM
 
Charles Kurz

we need a nickname for Brett Lawrie any thoughts Thanks Jason or Kevin

Aug 25, 2011 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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Poutine

Aug 25, 2011 09:52 AM
 
Dave Holgado

Nailed it.

Aug 25, 2011 10:06 AM
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chewbalka

I think one of the BP tweets was FullTilt

Aug 25, 2011 10:08 AM
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John Carter

Lawrie is from British Columbia - thousands of miles from Quebec, where that dish originated and is still most popular. So, "Poutine" is painting all Canadians with a brush that is thousands of miles too broad.

"Full Tilt" suits his style, doesn't it?

If you want something tough, fast, and Canadian, you could go with "Goon", but I certainly wouldn't want to call him that.

Aug 25, 2011 12:17 PM
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redsoxrj

Poutine it is

Aug 28, 2011 17:35 PM
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jtanker33

Russ Canzler of the Rays? I remember last year Dan Johnson came up late and contributed some before being let go this year. Is Canzler the same kind of guy, or does he have a chance at sticking around?

Aug 25, 2011 09:52 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He definitely can at least hit, and him carving out some sort of 4th OF career wouldn't shock me . . . but I wouldn't guarantee it either.

Aug 25, 2011 09:57 AM
 
Jonathan

What's the percentage breakdown of scouts, GMs, etc. who might be described as scared or concerned by Bauer's workload and conditioning routine vs. those who figure, hey, it works for him?

Aug 25, 2011 09:54 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Fun question. I'd bet it's somewhere around 50/50 long term, but I think for the short term, most would shut him down this year at least.

Aug 25, 2011 09:57 AM
 
rdonahue77

Any chance Tom Milone's stuff translates into a back of the rotation starter, or is he purely a 4A guy?

Aug 25, 2011 09:54 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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There's a chance, but I wouldn't call it an especially high one. Still expectations for a fifth starter these days aren't exactly much.

Aug 25, 2011 09:58 AM
 
ethanwitte

Carlos Martinez from St. Louis. What's his ETA (I know it's a while from now), and projected role (ace, 1A to Miller, #2, #3?)

Trevor May - better prospect than his former teammate, Cosart?

Travis Snider (not sure if he qualifies as a prospect still) - what are your opinions on his "failure" in the big leagues? I say "failure" because he's still only 23

Aug 25, 2011 09:56 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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1. Too early. 2013 at the earliest, and while it's certainly nowhere close to a time to move him yet, I still think there's a good chance he's a closer in the end.
2. No, but it's close.
3. My faith is dwindling, but I do wonder if he's a good change of scenery candidate.

Aug 25, 2011 09:59 AM
 
sungods7n

What are you hearing about Vicente Campos?

Aug 25, 2011 09:57 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Great frame, very projectable, very smooth with plus command, good stuff that should get better over time.

Aug 25, 2011 10:01 AM
 
SenatorsGuy

Trey McNutt - what have we learned in 2011?

Aug 25, 2011 09:58 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Has scuffled with mechanics, throws everything with 100% effort, stuff is still good, but there are a lot of concerns.

Aug 25, 2011 10:02 AM
 
leites

Frankie De La Cruz: does the current version of his fastball have enough movement to enable some success in the majors (assuming he can limit the walks)? If so, are the secondary pitches good enough to project him as a starter?

Aug 25, 2011 09:59 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I'm not sure he'll ever be more than an up and down guy, and as a reliever.

Aug 25, 2011 10:40 AM
 
jcjohnson

Robbie Ray and A.J. Cole have both been good at low A this season as 19-year-olds. Consensus seems to be that Cole is the better prospect, but is his ceiling that much higher than Ray's?

Aug 25, 2011 09:59 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Yes. Ray has good stuff, Cole has tremendous stuff. Big upside difference because of it.

Aug 25, 2011 10:41 AM
 
karp62

What's your feelings about Simon Castro's struggles? Still a couple of years to let him figure things out? On another note, any word on Jenrry Mejia's road to recovery? Thanks KG.

Aug 25, 2011 10:01 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Castro's struggles are real and troubling, as his secondary pitches have regressed. Mejia is only three months removed from surgery, so nothing to report there.

Aug 25, 2011 10:44 AM
 
mrenick

Any reports on your A's prospect, Renato nunez?

Aug 25, 2011 10:03 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Has played in the Dominican this summer and the bat has impressed.

Aug 25, 2011 10:44 AM
 
roygbiv

Thoughts on Jake Marisnick in the Jays system? - I saw Keith Law say he prefers him to Gose.. agree?

Aug 25, 2011 10:04 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Absolutely and completely. I think Marisnick is the best position prospect I've seen in the Midwest League this year.

Aug 25, 2011 10:45 AM
 
jalee121

Kevin,
I have noticed a huge lack of White Sox prospects in your update. I'm not here to slam you at all...as the best prospects should be covered. My question is how bad is it?

Aug 25, 2011 10:06 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It's really, really bad.

Aug 25, 2011 10:46 AM
 
earpbartman

profar or starlin castro long term? assume castro stays at SS (and that he can keep his mind on the game for more than an at-bat at a time)

Aug 25, 2011 10:07 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I don't like your assumption, as I think Castro is not going to last at shortstop for very long. Hell, he shouldn't be there now (Barney is the better defender there). Castro has more offensive upside than Profar, but Profar will stay at the position at least.

Aug 25, 2011 10:47 AM
 
LukeLeSaffre

What do you consider Manny Banuelos' ceiling to be? solid #2? What range do you think he, G Cole and Rendon end up in your top 100? Thanks

Aug 25, 2011 10:08 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Solid two sounds about right, but I'm not as sure as I was heading into the year. As for Top 100 questions, we'll have to wait and see.

Aug 25, 2011 10:48 AM
 
SenatorsGuy

Yorman Rodriguez - Are there any signs that Mr. Tools is getting any closer to controlling real skills?

Aug 25, 2011 10:09 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

There was definitely some progress being made before he go hurt, but the approach is still a mess.

Aug 25, 2011 10:49 AM
 
surlycooper

Who do you like better: Oswaldo Arcia or Eddie Rosario? Do either have a shot at your Top 100 (or Top 50)?

Aug 25, 2011 10:11 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Top 50? No way. Top 100? Maybe. They are very close.

Aug 25, 2011 10:49 AM
 
johnorpheus

As a Cards fan, if Martinez ended up a closer, that would be about the most disappointing thing possible after hearing all the hype surrounding him. If he could be an inconsistent mid-rotation guy with number 1 stuff and poor command/not a lot of innings, I would much rather have that than a reliever. If I'm the Cards, I start him until it is absolutely apparent he cannot start in any capacity. Going the Feliz/Chapman route would be a big mistake.

Aug 25, 2011 10:11 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

There is no indication that he's moving to the 'pen anytime soon.

Aug 25, 2011 10:50 AM
 
Nater1177

Xander B project as being able to stay at SS? Showing this much power at this age, makes me wonder if he is destined to 'fill out' to the point where SS becomes an issue.

Aug 25, 2011 10:15 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He didn't look like a SS heading into the year; and that's still the case. Could be 3B, could be RF.

Aug 25, 2011 10:51 AM
 
Nils J

How does Eddie Rosario compare to Oswaldo Arcia ala last season? How does he grade out defensively?
Thanks! (0.9 ers are better people)

Aug 25, 2011 10:17 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Rosario is a better athlete than Arcia, but probably still not a CF in the end.

Aug 25, 2011 10:52 AM
 
Nickus

Does Freddy Galvis have a shot at the starting SS job next year if Rollins isn't resigned?

Aug 25, 2011 10:18 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He does.

Aug 25, 2011 10:53 AM
 
jcjohnson

How many of the teams who passed on Rendon are kicking themselves in five years?

Aug 25, 2011 10:19 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Somewhere between 0 and 5.

Aug 25, 2011 10:53 AM
 
delatopia

Is snarky klaw posting under your name?

Aug 25, 2011 16:20 PM
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audhumla
(969)

If the rumors that the Astros wanted Wilin Rosario as part of a Wandy Rodriguez package from the Rockies are true, then whither Jason Castro?

Aug 25, 2011 10:20 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Well, Rosario is potentially better, no?

Aug 25, 2011 11:00 AM
 
markbhey

What's the new ceiling on Wilin Rosario with his disappointing season this year in AA?

Aug 25, 2011 10:22 AM
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ColonelTom

What the heck has happened to Brody Colvin? Another awful outing last week (5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) - 5.02 ERA overall, only 70 K in 104.1 IP.

Aug 25, 2011 10:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Really just hasn't been healthy much of the year.

Aug 25, 2011 12:01 PM
 
greenfrog

Hechavarria reportedly made a mechanical adjustment with AAA hitting coach Chad Mottola, and has done well so far at that level (small sample size alert). Still a long shot to make it as a full-time SS, or is there still hope that he can hit enough to make the grade?

Aug 25, 2011 10:30 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I think the hope was always that he could be a plus-plus defender who hits ninth. No need to change that.

Aug 25, 2011 12:02 PM
 
ander521

In your network for obtaining input/feedback on prospects, are we talking 25 to 50, 50 to 75, 75 to 100 or over 100? How many do you talk to each week? What is the split on how much you get versus how much you give in a standard conversation, 75% get/25% give?

Aug 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Fun question. The network is triple digits, but there are people I talk to literally every day, and there are people I talk to once or twice a year and everything in between. I'm absolutely nothing without them.

Aug 25, 2011 12:02 PM
 
kohlmss07

Wily Peralta: Has he climbed the ranks high enough to be in discussion for a top 50 prospect? Ceiling of a #2 SP?

Aug 25, 2011 10:33 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I don't think I'd go Top 50 yet, but I could see him giving the Brewers a Top 100 guy.

Aug 25, 2011 12:03 PM
 
HankScorpio

Is Daniel Mateo anything to get excited about? I know nothing about his glove....any chance he can stick at SS?

Aug 25, 2011 10:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Um . . . he's not even playing SS this year. 2B and 3B.

Aug 25, 2011 12:04 PM
 
jasemilw4

Is Dominic Brown the starter in RF next year for the Phillies?

Aug 25, 2011 10:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He SHOULD be. That doesn't mean he will be.

Aug 25, 2011 12:04 PM
 
lionstar1964

More likely Pence in right. The question is more Brown vs. Mayberry, Jr. vs. platoon in left.

Aug 25, 2011 12:05 PM
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marshaja

I've noticed Zack DeVoss in the updates a few times recently. Will his lack of power kill the on-base percentage as he climbs or does he develop enough to be a useful player and take advantage of the plate discipline?

Aug 25, 2011 10:35 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

That's the million dollar question, and the reason he's more intriguing than a big prospect at this time.

Aug 25, 2011 12:05 PM
 
mschroeder14

Jarrod Parker's numbers look pretty good this year (mostly AA I believe?). What are the chances he makes the rotation next year?

Aug 25, 2011 10:36 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Very good, but I doubt he'll begin the year there.

Aug 25, 2011 12:05 PM
 
Joal K.

I'm surprised to not hear Parker's name as a September call-up. Trevor Bauer seems to be the hot name. I'd love to see Parker get his feet wet this year with a shot at 20 starts in 2011.

Aug 25, 2011 14:41 PM
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delatopia

Jason Grey in his ESPN column today said the Diamondbacks want to keep Parker's innings around 125 as he comes back from TJ, and he's at 121 and change now.

Aug 25, 2011 16:24 PM
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Infrancoeurgible

Out of curiousity, how many players in the minor leagues have a 20 tool on the 20-80 scouting scale? I know certain players have 80 tools (Harper's power, Billy Hamilton's speed, Anthony Gose's arm) but how common is it for a prospect to have a 20 tool? I'd assume it can occur for really raw talent for their present tools, but rarely for anyone's projected tools.

Aug 25, 2011 10:37 AM
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Nickus

I'm guessing Daniel Vogelbach is a 20 speed guy.

Aug 25, 2011 10:57 AM
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Jake V

He had 4 triples this year :)

Aug 25, 2011 11:17 AM
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Benjamin Harris

Was there no fence?

Aug 25, 2011 12:36 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Yeah, there are tons of 20 speed guys, they're all over the place. A few 20 arms, certainly some 20 powers.

Aug 25, 2011 12:06 PM
 
MatternK

Thanks for doing this Kevin.

Your thoughts on Anthony Rizzo? I read somewhere that he doesn't have the bat speed for a good fastball in the majors.

Aug 25, 2011 10:40 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

The Triple-A park makes him look way better than he is, but I still believe in him as a good every day first baseman with power and patience.

Aug 25, 2011 12:07 PM
 
jaredhyman

What kind of ceiling/reasonable future can we expect from Familia?

Aug 25, 2011 10:41 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Bullpen arm, but a damn good one.

Aug 25, 2011 12:07 PM
 
Jeff Lewandowski

Can you hit rewind and remind us all of John Mayberry's prospect status from past years?

Aug 25, 2011 10:42 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He was seen as a solid Top 11 type early, and then more of an org guy, I don't see any reason to think what's happening now is for real, but nothing wrong with riding it out, either.

Aug 25, 2011 12:09 PM
 
cloakedarbiter

Kevin: What do you think of the Blue Jays' recent pitching promotions, specifically Syndengaard, Nicolino, Hutchison? What are their ETAs / are they being rushed or right on track?

Aug 25, 2011 10:44 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I don't think any of them are being rushed, and the Jays are doing an excellent job of being very individualistic with their pitchers as opposed to developing them by template. They all have starter potential, and the Jays are LOADED with young arms.

Aug 25, 2011 12:10 PM
 
roarke

What is your gut instinct on the Cardinals 3B situation going forward? Given the choice between Carpenter and Cox, who do you think gives them the most value?

Aug 25, 2011 10:46 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I think what's important in reference to your question is that THEY like Cox better.

Aug 25, 2011 12:11 PM
 
Dan W.

Is there an obvious ranking/gradation of the following four guys, who share nothing in common other than (a) being minor league pitchers and (b) being on one of my keeper teams: AJ Cole, Keyvius Sampson, Allen Webster, Brody Colvin?

Aug 25, 2011 10:49 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I don't hate that order there, might count more on Webster as he's more advanced than the others.

Aug 25, 2011 12:11 PM
 
mrdannyg

How would you rank the guys starring at low levels this year? Eddie Rosario, Taylor Lindsey, Rymer Liriano? I assume they are all borderline (maybe just miss) top-100 guys?

Aug 25, 2011 10:58 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I like all of them. I'm not crazy about ranking questions because I hate to rank on the fly. I rank based on really in-depth research, which starts at the end of the season.

Aug 25, 2011 12:13 PM
 
AllenH

Couple of Royals questions. What's your current opinion of the prospects for Mike Montgomery and Chris Dwyer, given the tough seasons they've had? And on Bubba Starling - supposedly he can throw 95 mph or something, if that's not just a Paul Bunyan tale. If he can (do you know if he can?), do you think that mitigates the risk that his hit tool might not develop, since they could possibly make him a pitcher?

Aug 25, 2011 10:59 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Montgomery and Dwyer are certainly down, but not in any crazy way. As far as Bubba pitching, he hasn't even played a game yet, so let's not worry about it yet.

Aug 25, 2011 12:13 PM
 
jhagan2

What can Pirates fans expect out of Pedro Alvarez? I don't know that I would call him a bust at this point, but I think everyone thought he'd be producing at a higher level by now. What can the Pirates do to get him back on track? Thanks

Aug 25, 2011 10:59 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

If I knew what the Pirates could do to get him back on track, I'd be wealthy. I certainly thought he'd be a cog in that lineup by now, yet here we are, and it is troubling.

Aug 25, 2011 12:14 PM
 
mrdannyg

This is a great thread. I'm sure you can't keep answering everything, but appreciate all the answers so far! Hopefully non-Kevins will keep up the discussion even after Kevin moves on to, you know, live his life.

What are we hearing on Dickie Joe Thon Jr of the Jays? Is he a SS in the end, or more of a 2B/3B type? He's walking lots, striking out more and a few XBHs. Seems like a mixed bag. Do scouts see a big future?

Aug 25, 2011 11:01 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

This IS my life. Thon is a good athlete with the tools to stay at shortstop, but he still needs work there (like anyone in the GCL). The bat gets mixed reviews, but it's hard to evaluate guys like that until they play outside a complex league.

Aug 25, 2011 12:16 PM
 
escapingNihilism

is Wilmer Flores still a prospect?

Aug 25, 2011 11:07 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Barely.

Aug 25, 2011 12:16 PM
 
moehk21

What is Vincent Catricala's power projection like?

Aug 25, 2011 11:09 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Average.

Aug 25, 2011 12:16 PM
 
sapsparky

What's the story on Matt Adams -1b Cardinals? ETA? What to expect? Was that a miss on the top 11 list or is he Crash Davis?

Aug 25, 2011 11:13 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Is it a miss if nobody had him there? If so, I missed, and he'll definitely be on this year's list somewhere.

Aug 25, 2011 12:17 PM
 
moehk21

Keith Law recently said he says Lance McCullers as a future reliever and I couldn't tell if he was joking. What do you think of McCullers?

Aug 25, 2011 11:15 AM
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Jeff Reese

He wasn't joking. McCullers doesn't have ideal size, there is some effort in the delivery, and the command needs to improve. The stuff is really good, but it's not surprising that some questions about his future role are emerging.

Aug 25, 2011 12:14 PM
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jpjazzman

Where do you think Trevor Bauer would rank right now if he had been eligible for your midseason top 50 list? Would Top 15 be a stretch?

Aug 25, 2011 11:15 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

That's a wait and see. I can't just pull a Top 101 out of thin air.

Aug 25, 2011 12:18 PM
 
Andrew G.

Thank you for the chat: Any word on Juan Urbina this year? He's giving up an awful lot of HR's so far.

Aug 25, 2011 11:22 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Talked to a scout who saw his last start. Up to 93, some feel for the secondary stuff. He's very raw, but there's real talent there.

Aug 25, 2011 12:17 PM
 
mcdogerry

Kevin: in honor of hurricane Irene can you identify a disappointing Blue Jay prospect? Like the hurricane I will sit back and watch the fall-out from my couch.

Aug 25, 2011 11:23 AM
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mrdannyg

This is pretty hilarious - doubly so for Jays fans.

Aug 25, 2011 11:38 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It would have to be Drabek, no? I'm so glad who went over 50 innings so I don't have to worry about what to do with him.

Aug 25, 2011 12:19 PM
 
mattseward

Kevin, there is a Baseball HQ saying that once a player has shown a skill, he owns it. Does that apply at all to prospects? Can a guy hit for average in the low minors, struggle in the high minors and hit for average in the majors.

The example I would give is Derek Norris who hit for .286 in Low A but is now struggling at higher levels.

Is it simply that he is now facing better quality breaking balls and will never hit for a good average or is it something some guys can correct with the right adjustments?

Aug 25, 2011 11:25 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I would not apply that to the minors. There are plenty of skills and/or traits than can allow one to succeed in the minors either at the plate or on the mound, yet do not work up the ladder.

Aug 25, 2011 12:20 PM
 
anello52

Who has the best chance of being a star major leaguer: Starling Marte, Nolan Arenado, Guillermo Pimentel or Jacob Marisnick?

Aug 25, 2011 11:28 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Marisnick.

Aug 25, 2011 12:21 PM
 
bobgale

Why has Lorenzo Cain been left in Omaha all year and what is your take on him?

Aug 25, 2011 11:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I wish I knew; I really like him quite a bit. Average or better every day CF for me.

Aug 25, 2011 12:21 PM
 
btsully

What's Wes Timmons' glove like at 2B and 3B? Is he a viable major league bench bat, or does he simply not have enough power?

Thanks.

Aug 25, 2011 11:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Just an org guy. You realize he's 32 years old, right?

Aug 25, 2011 12:22 PM
 
btsully

I understand he's not a prospect. But he finished 2nd in the IL in OBP in 2009 and 3rd in 2010. He'd be 2nd in the PCL this year if he had enough PA to qualify. Even without any power, that's much better than a typical org guy.

If he can play a decent 2B, which is where he's been recently, he would appear to be a decent utility player.

Aug 25, 2011 13:27 PM
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JW

Have you had a chance to see Matt West yet? He is still in his first year pitching so pretty far away from the big leagues, but he is putting Kimbrel-esque K numbers in A ball. What kind of promotion path should he be on?

Aug 25, 2011 11:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I have not seen him, but I've talked to scouts about him, and I have a scout seeing them this week. The stuff is fantastic, the command is shocking and he could be fast tracked in 2012.

Aug 25, 2011 12:23 PM
 
amazin_mess

Do the Mets have any closer candidates on their farm?

Aug 25, 2011 11:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Familia.

Aug 25, 2011 12:24 PM
 
wma1963

Prospecting for next year..could you name a couple of players that haven't been called up yet this year that you think will have a starting major league position next year...thank you

Aug 25, 2011 11:42 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Brett Jackson?

Aug 25, 2011 12:24 PM
 
msurell

Kevin...

Your thoughts on the Major League arrival time of the following guys:

Travis D'Arnaud
Tyler Skaggs
Tim Beckham

Thanks for your time.

Aug 25, 2011 11:51 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Would bet on seeing them all in 2012.

Aug 25, 2011 12:25 PM
 
BL

Has Brett Eibner's solid hitting lately and his secondary skills mitigated his horrendous offensive start, or are there legitimate worries about his hit tool?

Aug 25, 2011 11:52 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Legitimate worries, but man do I like watching him play. Lots of tools there, but huge holes in his swing.

Aug 25, 2011 12:25 PM
 
John Carter

Looking at the stats, it seems to me that Chance Ruffin and Charlie Furbush are just as good as Doug Fister = decent 4th starter types. What does the scouting community think - and am I looking at the stats wrongly to begin with?

Aug 25, 2011 12:21 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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What about Francisco Martinez? That was a big part of that deal as well.

Aug 25, 2011 12:26 PM
 
PaddyE

Who do you project (if anyone) winning the Giants middle infield jobs long-term? Emmanuel Burris seems yet another topped-out placeholder, we're all hoping Brandon Crawford will eventually be able to hit ML pitching, Conor Gillaspie seems to be stalled, and Ehire Adrianza is tbd. Is there realistic hope within the organization for the middle infield (conveniently ignoring the Sabean/Bochy proven vet syndrome)?

Aug 25, 2011 12:21 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Not really. Joe Panik?

Aug 25, 2011 12:32 PM
 
HankandDan

Is Panik showing real skills, or is he just beating up on younger competition?

Aug 25, 2011 13:45 PM
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rweiler

I don't think it is fair to call Conor Gillaspie stalled. He has progressed through the minors one level per year and has put up slightly better numbers at every level, and he just turned 24, so it isn't like he is really old for AAA. It doesn't look like he will ever be a star or hit well enough to be a regular at 3rd, but he could be the utility infielder for the next couple of years. I'm more interested in Adam Duvall who was putting up great numbers at Augusta before he got injured, but was pretty old for the league. One would imagine that he will put up even better numbers at San Jose next year given that the California league is a hitters league. But, having never seen him play, I have no idea if he is for real.

Aug 25, 2011 12:41 PM
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rweiler

I went back to baseball-reference and checked Gillaspie's numbers vs Bill Mueller at the same age, and they really aren't that different, and it's hard to believe that Phoenix was a significantly worse place to hit than Fresno. Unless Gillaspie is a complete butcher on defense and can't handle 2nd at all, I don't see why he can't be a utility guy and, in any event, the remains of Freddy Sanchez are signed through next year.

Aug 25, 2011 12:53 PM
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PaddyE

If anything, Phoenix was a better place to hit than Fresno; the ball flew in that desert air. Gillaspie's defense was very good when I saw him in San Jose a few years back. So maybe I'm just too impatient--I only started going to SJ games when I moved to the south bay ~4 years ago, and I happened to hit a period when a lot of players shot from SJ to SF very quickly (Posey, Sandoval, Bumgarner, etc.).

Still, do we have any future backup/utility guys in our system wasn't the question. The question was do we have a hope of ending the revolving doors of "proven vets" & AAA backup/utility guys in the middle infield. If we get 70% of the year out of Sanchez next year I'd be surprised, much as I like the guy & his play when he's healthy. Maybe Keppinger becomes his backup, but imo that's mostly just another PV having poor pinch-hit appearances while hogging a roster spot. And good god, we still need a shortstop.

So, bottom line, it sounds like our only hopes for avoiding the continuing pain of watching Sabean overpay more below-replacement PVs is: 1) Crawford figures out ML pitching, and 2) in 2-5 years maybe, very maybe, Panik proves to convert well to 2B (and hit ML pitching). In the meantime Lincecum & Cain tire of watching stopable grounders find their way up the middle and losing 1-0 games, and move on to put together their HOF careers dueling each other for a decade on the Yankees & Red Sox.

Aug 26, 2011 11:26 AM
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delatopia

Shouldn't Charlie Culberson be in this discussion?

Aug 25, 2011 16:36 PM
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PaddyE

Yes, he should have been, in fact he belongs in it more than Gillaspie, since we're talking middle infielders. Regretfully he's only doing .251/.287/.370 in AA, so I'm not holding my breath.

Aug 26, 2011 11:34 AM
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ezsorensen

Rank these guys in terms of highest ceiling: Justin Nicolino, Wily Peralta, Zach Cozart, Rymer Liriano.

Aug 25, 2011 12:25 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Two pitchers, a shortstop, and an outfielder? I never know how to answer these.

Aug 25, 2011 12:32 PM
 
roygbiv

Where would you put Marisnick and D'arnaud in your prospects rankings.. are we talking top 25, 50, 100?

Aug 25, 2011 12:34 PM
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LRock32

Thoughts on Raul Alcantara of the Red Sox - do the scouts reports back up the strong GCL numbers?

Aug 25, 2011 12:34 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Plus FB with plus command and good frame/delivery. Secondary stuff needs to develop, but very good.

Aug 25, 2011 14:37 PM
 
cordially
(917)

Any word on Ynoa's progress?

Aug 25, 2011 12:36 PM
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grandslam28

Who is your biggest upside prospect given where he is rated in top prospect lists?

Aug 25, 2011 12:46 PM
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garsonf

What do you see as the best case, and most likely case, scenario for Jo. Villar? Thanks.

Aug 25, 2011 12:40 PM
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LRock32

Can you rank these pitching prospects: Peacock, Wheeler, Peralta, Hutchison, Eovaldi and Lee

Aug 25, 2011 12:43 PM
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ezsorensen

Is Wilin Rosario a legit prospect, top 100? .282 obp in Tulsa?!?!?

Aug 25, 2011 12:43 PM
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Jon KK

Kevin ranked him at #36 in his 2011 pre-season list, but he didn't make the mid-season top 50.

Aug 26, 2011 14:20 PM
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grandslam28

Michael Ynoa, any updates on his recovery, and since he is so young could you see him jump up and be a top prospect with one healthy season?

Aug 25, 2011 12:43 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I could, but he'll need to actually HAVE that one healthy (and good, obviously) season.

Aug 25, 2011 14:38 PM
 
twinkies25

Is Derek McCallum ever going to be the answer at second base for the Twins? I've been rooting for him ever since he graduated from the U of M, but it doesn't look like he'll fufill his potential.

Aug 25, 2011 12:52 PM
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huggirl

Vince Belnome. Please tell me something regarding his profile, though I know he's out now. He did nothing but hit at every level including at West Virginia and I can't find anything on him.

Aug 25, 2011 12:55 PM
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timber

Since you get to a few Kane County Cougars games every year, I was wondering if you have seen a Jason Adam start. Comments on his progress?

Aug 25, 2011 13:01 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Frankly, he hasn't lived up to expectations for me. More Low-90s than crazy velo, and sloppy location.

Aug 25, 2011 14:38 PM
 
all4themoney

How concerning are Miguel Sano's strikeouts (69 in 60 games?)

Aug 25, 2011 13:07 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I still utterly adore him.

Aug 25, 2011 14:39 PM
 
Joal K.

Sano's been just awesome this year. Is it time to just put him in RF and let him hit his way to the majors, like the Nationals did with Bryce Harper?

Aug 25, 2011 14:43 PM
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Jquinton82

pick one of: Cole, Purke, Bundy, Bauer if you had to draft one next year and one of Lindor, Rendon, Springer, Starling for hitters. And could realistically use any of those hitters, though I do have Profar and Asdrubel Cabrera (don't mind stockpiling multiple options at premium positions).

Aug 25, 2011 13:07 PM
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BSpringer

How do we view Nick Franklin's year? Weird injuries or exposure of some real weaknesses?

Aug 25, 2011 13:12 PM
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Jquinton82

Are you still as high as you were on Segura at the beginning of the year? Also how much do you think the injuries push back his ETA?

Aug 25, 2011 13:15 PM
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PepeShady

Armchair psychologist gimmick:

Punk Music, Pop Music, Classical Music....what prospect(s) come to mind for each of these genres?

Aug 25, 2011 13:15 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

This question amazes and baffles me, so I have to think about it.

Aug 25, 2011 14:39 PM
 
chewbalka

How about Johnny Damon, Ozzie Guillen and Greg Maddux?

Aug 25, 2011 17:47 PM
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anello52

Who would you rather have: Cowart, Cuthbert or Arenado in 2014?

Aug 25, 2011 13:16 PM
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cbelford

How many of Atlanta's seemingly endless parade of pitching prospects end up on the opening day roster of 2012? Minor, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino? All of the above?

Aug 25, 2011 13:19 PM
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jaredhyman

Where do you come down on Betances as an individual and then in comparison to Banuelos' future?

Aug 25, 2011 13:19 PM
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Dan W.

How good is Addison Reed?

Aug 25, 2011 13:19 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Potential closer. Could be up in a week.

Aug 25, 2011 14:40 PM
 
bkirkman

Was the Herculean performance from Oscar Hernandez this year in the VSL anything to truly get excited about?

Aug 25, 2011 13:26 PM
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Nickus

Can Ryan Westmoreland get an honorary spot in the Top 101 after hitting live pitching this year?

Aug 25, 2011 13:56 PM
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rweiler

Adam Duvall was putting up good numbers at Augusta before he got injured, but he was 22 for most of the year and an 11th round pick. Is that just a case of a guy too old for his league, or does he have some real skills that somehow went unnoticed?

Aug 25, 2011 13:58 PM
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rweiler

And a follow; in general, for a guy like Duvall that is pretty old, wouldn't it make sense for him to just skip the California league next year, where you assume that he would put up big numbers, and just go straight to AA next year which seems like it would be a better test? If he flails away, you can always send him back down a level.

Aug 25, 2011 14:02 PM
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Scott Gilroy

What has happened to Kyle Drabek and do you see him getting back his mojo?

Aug 25, 2011 14:23 PM
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greenfrog

Who knows? Personally, I think he's tried to assimilate too many mechanical suggestions, and is having major confidence issues to boot. The pressure of being the offspring of a successful starting pitcher probably isn't helping.

I don't think anyone can say definitively that he's done - he's still relatively young - but he's got a lot of work to do.

Aug 25, 2011 15:28 PM
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moehk21

Who has more upside/who do you like more: Paxton/ Parker

Aug 25, 2011 14:29 PM
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Joal K.

Lucas Duda seems to be taking good advantage of his playing time lately. Can he be a reasonable starter at LF/1B for a few years, or is he just enjoying a hot month?

Aug 25, 2011 14:45 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He can be a reasonable starter. Just talked to a scout who believes so.

Aug 25, 2011 19:42 PM
 
amazin_mess

Thank you KG, this is awesome.

Aug 25, 2011 14:51 PM
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Sharky

Is Reymond Fuentes the long term answer in CF for SD? Seems to have hit a wall lately.

Also, is Tyler Matzek seen as a typical lefty prospect (will take a long time to develop), a lost cause, or something else now?

Thanks KG!

Aug 25, 2011 14:53 PM
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AadikShekar

This is awesome KG.

1) How many "Panik in the Disco" headlines do you think would result from the Giants SS of the future making it to the big leagues? And do you think he's shown what's expected as a draftee (ie, beating up on a short-season league) or has he opened some eyes?

2) The Giants farm - At this point, its gotta be bottom five, right? No Belt, No Wheeler - I see Gary Brown, Francisco Pegeuro, Heath Hembree and ...

Aug 25, 2011 16:58 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

1. Hopefully none; I think he's up in some eyes, but not in a crazy way.
2. It's not good.

Aug 25, 2011 19:42 PM
 
Klochner

Thanks Kevin, this kind of thing is always appreciated. Other than high risk, what kind of prospect is Niko Goodrum?

Aug 25, 2011 18:26 PM
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mrdannyg

KG's not going to do my fantasy ranking for me, but what do you guys think? Need to pick two of:

Rymer Liriano, Eddie Rosario, Brandon Jacobs. Could also consider Dickie Joe Thon, Matt Szczur, Jorge Alfaro, Elier Hernandez, Ronald Guzman.

Opinions?

Aug 25, 2011 19:11 PM
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HeavyHitter

http://www.minorleagueball.com/

Aug 25, 2011 20:05 PM
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rskelley9

Rymer Liriano and Matt Szczur... not even close. Szczur is a young Scott Podsednik if he half-way meets his potential while Liriano is considered to be one of the top players in A-ball.

Aug 29, 2011 00:03 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Great idea. You talk about the Jays plenty, so my question is more philosophical. Is there an organization out there (or a Farm Director) who has implemented a philosophy that you would fully support? Would answering this type of question burn bridges for you?

Aug 25, 2011 19:13 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I think the majority of teams are doing a job I'd endorse, actually.

Aug 25, 2011 19:41 PM
 
thebigfella.us

Is Devin Mesoraco's arrival in Cincinnati just a matter of time, or are they thinking of sticking with Hanigan?

Aug 25, 2011 19:35 PM
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arrosenthal

I'm guessing this is about toast, but I'll give it a whirl anyway: Rosell Herrera. I've watched him play about a dozen times this summer and he really seems impressive (and not in the 'college kid crushing the Pioneer League' way). What's the scuttlebutt on Rosell?

Aug 25, 2011 19:42 PM
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arrosenthal

And on queue, you're answering more. I'm a schmuck.

Aug 25, 2011 19:45 PM
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bvanbeek85

Zach Lee, inconsistent strikeout numbers... why?
Thanks

Aug 25, 2011 20:40 PM
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rskelley9

Because young pitchers not a year removed from high school are inconsistent in every facet of their game. He's 19. Remember when you were 19? imagine having people talking about you daily and random guys contemplating your "inconsistent" strikeout numbers on Baseball Prospectus threads...

Aug 29, 2011 00:01 AM
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bvanbeek85

What then is this thread for if not to get questions answered? Not criticism just curiosity about one of the better pitching prospects in the minors. Last night struck out just one, could I do that... No but my fastball doesn't sit at 94. That is why a "random guy" is asking a question.

Sep 02, 2011 06:46 AM
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gerrybraun

How high of an upside does Tyler Pastornicky have? what r his shots of being the braves starting SS next year?

Aug 25, 2011 22:30 PM
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rskelley9

Adam Everett. 0.

Aug 29, 2011 00:03 AM
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Deadheadbrewer

What's the story with Chris Carter of the A's, please? Oakland seems to want to do anything BUT give him a legitimate shot at a starting position. Thanks!

Aug 25, 2011 23:02 PM
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acehart1

Saw a bunch of NY-Penn games this week. Was wondering about your feelings on some players...1. Batavia's David Medina and Cesar Valera. 2. Williamsport's Perci Garvin and Kyrell Hudson. These were some of the players who really intrigued me.

Aug 26, 2011 03:26 AM
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acehart1

Sorry, I meant to type Williamsport's Perci Garner.

Aug 26, 2011 03:28 AM
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Masshole

Do the White Sox not believe in Viciedo, or do they just not think he's ready, whether it be because of glove or patience at the plate? I'm surprised that he hasn't been up yet and that they're putting in waiver claims on guys like Kubel instead of giving this kid a look to at least get his bat in the lineup.

Aug 26, 2011 07:55 AM
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Agent007

The GCL Orioles have a team ERA below 2.00. What do you think of Jaime Esquival? Cameron Coffey? Others on that starting staff...

Aug 26, 2011 08:24 AM
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longgg

Where does Tim Wheeler likely rate on Top 101 list? Will he hold down a starting job in Col outfield in the next year or two?

Aug 26, 2011 08:27 AM
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SaberTJ

Kevin,

F. Lindor, does he have potentially a better glove at SS than Asdrubal Cabrera?

Aug 26, 2011 08:29 AM
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hinnenra

Thoughts on Will Middlebrooks' ceiling? The tools seem to be turning into production, but he still needs to take a few more walks. Plus there seems to be no spot for him in the bigs unless Youk is moved off 3B.

By the way, I have seen Adam start twice here in Kane County. I agree - the velo was not impressive and the command needs some major work. My impression on Eibner was he could not turn on the inside fastball - telling me his swing is still very long. He has an impressive glove in CF though.

Aug 26, 2011 08:44 AM
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djbrown

what's the future hold for Ruben Sierra, Jr?

Aug 26, 2011 08:51 AM
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bloodface

Kevin,

Where is the NL West Draft Review for 2011? Can't find it anywhere. Thanks!

Aug 26, 2011 09:15 AM
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Kreylix
(389)

A's Jose Macias, RHP, Low A Burlington: 6IP, 1H, 0BB, 6K, 0ER last night. Just 1 hit in last 3 starts.

Past six starts: 36IP, 8H (!), 7BB, 29K, 6ER - 1.5 ERA.

Aug 26, 2011 10:08 AM
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Lloyd Cole

Thank you, Kevin. This was a true tour de force performance. I mean, seriously........EPIC.

Aug 26, 2011 11:50 AM
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grover

What's the word on Grant Green's defense in CF?

Aug 26, 2011 14:05 PM
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rskelley9

What's with the Yankees draft strategy these past couple of seasons? Lots of tools in Mason Williams, Bichette, Culver, Cave, Heathcott, Gumbs but seems like they pretty much pick every talented player not highly scouted/not receiving mainstream attention. Is this Cashman's front office saving money by picking high ceiling guys/tools guys that don't receive the pre-draft attention that the Matt Purkes of the world do? I know the "theme" of the '11 draft was MLB bloodlines, but even though the draft is a gamble, I don't see the Yankees expensive scouting efforts ending with picks based almost solely on MLB bloodlines...

Anyway, so what's their strategy here? It's hard to call their 2010-2011 draft dissapointing with guys that have 6 years of development time before they even resemble what they can be.

Aug 28, 2011 23:57 PM
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