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March 19, 2014

Five to Watch

National League Post-Prospects

by Craig Goldstein


I’ve been partial to the phrase prospect fatigue as it applies to players who are on the radar for so long that we start to ding them for being (somewhat) known quantities as opposed to the younger players who let our minds run free, unencumbered by the shackles of previous performance. Well after the prospect fatigue guys come post-prospects. They live in stasis in our brains, some purgatory of youthful but not eligible for a minor league roster spot, yet still not useful enough for a major league keeper spot. Before this turns into the final season of LOST though, we should note that these players tend to be divisive, riding the line between being overvalued thanks to a perceived undervaluing or just straight up undervalued. Here’s a look at five in the NL:

Wily Peralta, P, Brewers
Peralta put together a nice second half of the season last year, making it two years in a row he’s put together small sample sizes of good performance that could lead one to hope for more the next year. The problem of course was his brutal first half, as he only struck out 14 percent of batters and got rocked to the tune of a 4.61 ERA. He was better, though not great, in the second half, with a 3.99 ERA, but the real improvement showed up in his ability to miss bats. Peralta saw his strikeout rate jump to 19% once he started incorporating his slider more consistently. In the first three months of the season he never used it more than 22.68 percent but starting in June (32.34 percent), Peralta never saw his slider usage dip below 24.38 percent and twice registered a number above 30 percent. The ability to miss bats to his exceptional ability to burn worms is a much needed addition, and one Peralta is poised to exploit in the upcoming season.

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
A .248 TAv is not exactly inspiring, but it’s

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jemw06

Anyone interested in Krush Davis? The kid's older than your traditional prospect call-up, but he's always hit for power and he's playing in Miller Park. I doubt he produces a 28.9% HR/FB rate again, but if he lives above 20% he could hit 25-30 HRs and as a 4th OF he's mostly upside. That's a great call, really enjoyed reading this, thanks!

Mar 19, 2014 07:15 AM
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pobothecat

I'd argue with the description of Davis as a "max-effort swinger". He generates bat speed with long levers and exceptionally quick hands, not the bent back-leg action such a description might imply. Khris Davis has bat control.

Mar 19, 2014 14:50 PM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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I guess we'll agree to disagree on this. I wouldn't say his levers are long at all. He does have good hands but it's an aggressive swing and I've not been impressed with his bat control.

Mar 19, 2014 14:53 PM
 
CalledStrike3

Dee Gorden 2B LA
Yonder Alonso 1B SD
Nate Eovaldi P Miami
Josh Satin 1B NY
All come to mind.

Mar 19, 2014 21:09 PM
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