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  1. Josh Vitters….that’s a somewhat provocative name to drop randomly.

    Comment by KillahYeast — July 24, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  2. I don’t know what to say anymore wrt Cesar Puello. All he did the past week (Wed to Mon) was go 7-20 with 4 doubles and a HR, 2 HBP, 2 SF, scored 6 runs, knocked in 8 runs and was 3/3 in SBs. An OPS of 1.164 w/a slash of .350/.464/.700. I thought that the season-long ignoring of Puello has been about his low BB rate, but the past week he walked 4 times in 6 games. He’s upped his BB rate to 6.4% for the season (K rate 21.9%).

    Season slash is .332/.401/.569 in 81 games in AA for a 165 RC+ and by many reports playing a monster RF. Wasn’t anywhere near a top 100 list prior to this season even tho he had been on many radars in past years. If he’s not on this list, then I don’t know who should be.

    Comment by LaLoosh — July 24, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  3. While Bettis is a former top-100 prospect, he missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury (that didn’t require surgery, as far as I’m aware), and the oblique strain this year seemed like another big obstacle in his road back.

    As a result, despite possessing a great fastball and excellent control of the zone, he’s now 24 in AA and missed nearly a season and a half from 2012-2013 due to injury, which I think justifies consideration as “fringe prospect”.

    Comment by rustyspatula — July 24, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  4. Agreed. Vitters stands out like a metaphor about Marlon Brando fellating a lasagna.

    Comment by most attentive reader — July 24, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  5. nit-picky reader alert: Nick Delmonico (listed in the leaderboard) is now a Milwaukee Brewer.

    Comment by RaiderCE — July 24, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  6. PEDs…ROIDS! just kidding.

    I think Puello will always be a streaky hitter, even once he establishes himself as a big leaguer.

    Comment by FeslenR — July 24, 2013 @ 10:50 am

  7. Ian Stewart doubled vs Omaha a few nights ago, WTH is he not on the list?

    Comment by IanStew23 — July 24, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  8. Semien gots helium!

    Comment by Eminor3rd — July 24, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  9. Kyle Smith of the Royals would be an interesting possible addition.

    Comment by Shauncore — July 24, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  10. Unless I’m much mistaken, the lasagna was fellating Marlon Brando.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 24, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  11. does semien posses a similar skill set to myself minus all the drama.

    Comment by Marcus Giles — July 24, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  12. funny thing is Carson’s refusal to even address Puello questions every time I’ve raised his name for this column. strange.

    Comment by LaLoosh — July 24, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  13. As Dave alluded to, Semien will be a true three outcomes player. IF everything breaks right, expect around a .180/.320/.450 line with well below average defense in right field.

    Comment by Not Dave But Worse — July 24, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

  14. Undoubtedly, yes.

    Although, I also happened to notice this the other day: right-hander Greg Reynolds, who just made a forgettable spot start for Cincinnati, was selected 2nd overall just the year before Vitters. He was a college draftee, so that’s different. But I suppose it’s instructive, to some degree, regarding how quickly a highly prized prospect can become not that pretty quickly.

    Also, Vitters is hitting well, mostly!

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — July 24, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  15. Your commitment to Puello is commendable.

    With regard to his place among the Five, you’re right: he’s become a contender. That said, there are a number of other prospects of a similar age/level profile who’ve produced similar regressed offensive lines and yet also remain absent from the column: Boston’s Michael Almanzar (3B) and Henry Ramos (OF), for example. Until recently, both Teodoro Martinez (Rangers) and Domingo Santana (Astros) had posted very similar lines to Puello at Double-A and are one and two years younger, respectively.

    So, indeed, Puello could appear among the Five rather soon, but he’s currently among a group of players right on the cusp of inclusion.

    All that said, the author would be entirely heartbroken not to see a comment here next week regarding Puello.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — July 24, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

  16. well, regressing the stats must only be stifling the players having breakout seasons if I understand you correctly. For openers, of the 4 players you mentioned, none has an RC+ above 119 for the season. Puello’s is 165 so the comparisons appear to be a stretch and it’s hard to say all that much is accounted by the 1 year or 16 month age difference.

    It’s no biggie tho since you’ve been clear that the criteria for this is large subjective anyway.

    Comment by LaLoosh — July 24, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

  17. Vitters is a nice post-hype sleeper candidate and he’s only 23 years old.

    Comment by AnthonySoprano — July 25, 2013 @ 10:05 am

  18. Does Semien’s near-total lack of follow-through remind anyone else of Jonny Gomes, or is it just me?

    Also, Northwest Arkansas needs to invest in some stadium lighting.

    Comment by Marcus Tullius Cicero — July 25, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  19. also thrilled that I can make your day on occasion.

    Comment by LaLoosh — July 25, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

  20. His name Mookie is enough to get him onto this list.

    Comment by Franco — July 25, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

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