Wow, talk about a mighty fall back from the hall of hyperbole farm system in 2010-11.
Comment by Impossibles — November 26, 2012 @ 2:41 pm
Where is the love for Christian Colon? I know he isn’t extremely sexy, but certainly his high floor should put him above guys like Gallagher or Brickhouse, who are nice players but who probably aren’t future major leaguers
Surprised about Colon also. He could easily slip into the starting spot at second base and produce 4-5 seasons of league average play, beating most of the list by WAR. Sometimes position prospects lose some sheen and get underrated. Would you really rather have Bryan Brickhouse at this point?
Why does it take 7+ days for these articles to be published? At first it was every 3 days, but now it’s pushing a week. These are by far my favorite pieces on fangraphs and enjoy your articles Mark! Just curious
Comment by Zachattack — December 3, 2012 @ 11:59 am
I think you’re underselling on Kyle Smith. Last year was his first season of pro ball, and he destroyed hitters to the tune of 12.19 K/9. That’s incredible. He’s got two very good pitches in his fastball and curveball with the curve being a true out pitch. If he polishes that changeup, and all indications are that he’s a hard working kid with a good mind for pitching, he could be a Roy Oswalt type. You don’t strike out that many hitters at that young of an age and not have serious stuff. Forget that he’s only 6′ tall. His numbers were better than Zimmer’s pitching on the same team.
Certain names are missing from this list, like Miguel Almonte, Elier Hernandez, Christian Colon, and Christian Binford. Now that Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi are gone, there should be room for these guys.
I would move John Lamb out of the Top 15 myself simply because of his lost 2012, his poor performance, and the likelihood that the TJ surgery will cause his velocity drop to become permanent.
Comment by David Lowe — December 14, 2012 @ 12:28 am