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  1. No mention of Familia under fastballs? Granted he got hit hard and showed poor command, but PitchFX had him sitting 96-98 mph.

    Comment by NM — July 12, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  2. He wasn’t one of the more impressive fastballs, no. I think Familia sacrificed some movement to amp up the fastball today, and it didn’t do him well.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  3. The perfect world projection for Gordon, who has added to his frame, is a batting title contender with, above average discipline, plus plus speed and plus plus defense.

    Basically Elvis Andrus, but faster and with more contact.

    Comment by Alireza — July 12, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  4. That just seems … unlikely. I would say that 2009 Andrus is closer to his ceiling. Trade 30 points of average for probably 3 runs on defense, but the point stands. And above-average discipline? It has to get acceptable and average before we can talk above-average.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 12:31 am

  5. No mention of Eric Hosmer? Didn’t he go 4-5 with a double? How does that not stand out in this game?

    Comment by BrettFan1 — July 12, 2010 @ 12:46 am

  6. I don’t know, but apparently it didn’t, because I had to look back at my scorecard to make sure you were right. In fact, Hosmer was probably more memorable with his excellent batting practice, where he showed line drive power to all fields, and hit one of the deeper home runs out of everybody to right-center.

    I wasn’t high on Hosmer before the season, but I’m thinking I was wrong. He looks Major League caliber to me.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 12:50 am

  7. Gordon is skinnier than Eric Davis was as a prospect? Or Ramon Martinez? I am compelled to look his picture up now.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — July 12, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  8. I already knew about Revere’s hitch, and it (along with his speed) was the two things I was looking for when I caught his final at-bat. On the 2-0 count from Familia in the 8th inning, I was so sure that Revere’s hitch would cause him to be late on the pitch, but he still managed to pull the 97 MPH fastball to 1st base. Even if he was guessing fastball* on the 2-0 pitch, I was amazed to see how fast his bat got through the hitting zone, even with the hitch.

    * I guess with 80% fastballs thrown by all pitchers, anyone could have guessed fastball, huh?

    Comment by Bryz — July 12, 2010 @ 12:58 am

  9. To the latter point, you’re exactly right, and that’s clearly how Conger hit his home run. Cheating a little bit on the fastball is a good idea when behind home plate are 60 scouts with radar guns. As for Revere, there is definitely good bat speed and great hand-eye coordination, so he makes it work for him. I do wonder if he’s making it more difficult for himself and still succeeding, however.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 1:05 am

  10. Does Gorkys Hernandez have a big league future, maybe as a fourth outfielder (Ryan Langerhans)? He’s got great speed and translates it to great defense, but he strikes out a ton and has no power. He did fool people in the power regard as an 18 year old in short season ball, but that was seemingly a fluke.

    Is the bat ever going to play well enough for him to hold down a big league job? At the very best, he’ll be heavily reliant on BABIP.

    Comment by Bronnt — July 12, 2010 @ 1:15 am

  11. Yeah, I think he’s a fine bench player, because you can’t argue with +10 (or greater) defense in center, and the arm to handle the corner. But holding down a big league job will be near impossible, because he’d always be among the worst hitters in the league. Any way you slice it, I can’t imagine Hernandez would ever be the best available option.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 1:18 am

  12. IMO, Wheeler’s windup looks terrible to me. I’m not a mechanics expert but I have to imagine he has universally maligned mechanics.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — July 12, 2010 @ 1:29 am

  13. Lonnie Chisenhall has spent some time on the DL this year with a shoulder issue. That may have something to do with his inconsistency, at least this year. The Indians absolutely love him.

    Comment by jirish — July 12, 2010 @ 1:48 am

  14. Teheran may have easy velocity, but he has way too much going on with those mechanics. He’s the anti-Lyles in that regard. Maybe it’ll end up working for him…and maybe he’ll go the way of Franklin Morales.

    Comment by Sean — July 12, 2010 @ 1:59 am

  15. It’s funky, for sure, and I doubt it’s unfair to blame some of the command issues on it. I think the arm action is fairly safe, however … if arm action can ever be safe for a teenager touching 97 mph.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 2:05 am

  16. I don’t know how much better his strikeout rate could get. Sure, he could definitely stand to draw more walks, but I think the Andrus comparison is spot-on.

    He’s going to be an a league average hitter who plays plus defense at a premium position, and generates value on the basepaths as well. That’s a very good prospect.

    Comment by OremLK — July 12, 2010 @ 3:12 am

  17. Hence the idea of the “perfect world.” In a perfect world, he develops into an above average discipline guy while maintaining his ridiculous contact rates. He is an absolute speed demon and his defensive tools are elite.

    Comment by Alireza — July 12, 2010 @ 3:37 am

  18. Grant Green needs to go on an offseason weight gain, workout plan. He reminds me of troy tulowitzki

    Comment by mlbfan — July 12, 2010 @ 4:21 am

  19. Agreed. How isn’t a potential plus-plus defensive SS with plus-plus speed and plus contact a top 100 prospect? The only tool he doesn’t have is power.

    Comment by jar75 — July 12, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  20. I didn’t think Gorkys Hernandez looked too bad at the plate. He hit two balls fairly hard for outs and fought off a bunch of Scheppers fastballs before drawing a walk. Nothing that impressive, but I don’t see where he looked lost.

    Comment by Bill — July 12, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  21. If the outcome of this game was so pre-ordained, then why has the International team won 3 in a row? Weren’t some of these US team prospects on last year’s team as well?

    What format would you choose as a replacement to the current one?

    Comment by JoeC — July 12, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  22. These were rosters filled with mostly near-MLB ready American prospects, and a group of world players that were either not prospects or far from the Majors. Only Brett Lawrie would have started on the American squad, and only Alonso, Teheran and 1-2 others would have been feasible choices.

    I just think the Futures Game, and all it implies, should be more concerned with creating the best 2 rosters of talent — the game’s real future — than it should with representing the highest number of countries possible. That would be a better goal if they did a Futures Game during the World Baseball Classic.

    In the vein of bearing some congruency to the real All-Star game, why not do American vs. National? I’d love if a match-up in the All-Star Game in 2014 mirrored a match-up that two guys had in the 2011 Futures Game.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  23. Lost may have been the wrong word, because you’re right, his outcomes weren’t bad. But he didn’t show a swing that was Major League caliber, I can tell you that much.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — July 12, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  24. Hosmer is hands down the most intreaguing first base prospect out there. I would be shocked if he weren’t the top 1B prospect going into 2011, even though he might eventually end up in right field. He hits lefties really well, and so what if it’s still only A+ ball. Butler gets misjudged with his power capabilities hitting in a crazy ball park, and I’m sure KC will muffle Hosmer’s output too when he arrives, but who cares. He’s an elite prospect.

    Comment by baty — July 12, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  25. I would take Teheran over any SP in the minors.

    Comment by baty — July 12, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

  26. I don’t remember a time in MLB when they’ve had such a deep pool of young talent already contributing at the major league level. I think these rosters reflect the way the minor leagues have been picked apart the last year or so. You might have seen a few true major league ready talents in that game with the rest either a couple years away, or beneficiaries of recent prospect promotions.

    Comment by baty — July 12, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  27. I completely agree. It seems odd for a site that promotes WAR to let power be the arbiter of whether or not a SS is a top prospect. I could see if there were questions about his ability to stick at the position. And yeah, he’s thin and doesn’t seem to be getting any bigger, but that’s suprisingly akin to scouting bias, which is also suprising to encounter here. Alcides Escobar isn’t getting any bigger, but that hasn’t seemed to stop him from being a top prospect…

    Comment by E Dub — July 12, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  28. You comments were spot on with Wheeler, Bryan. He seems to have added muscle since the draft and looks like he’s going to be very much in the mold of physical SF starters like Cain and Bumgarner. Miller was also impressive, though there’s a slight hitch in his delivery that I’m not loving. He’s still got some smoothing out to do, though he was much more fluid than I expected.

    Alvarez was throwing hard, but if you’re going to ding Familia for muscling up I think the same has to be said of Alvarez. I don’t think he’s going to make a living throwing 94-96 and I didn’t think he effective doing so. He was also trying to be much too fine with the breaking stuff. I liked what I saw for the most part but no great command in this outing. Can’t remember if the announcers laid a Cueto tag on him or someone else, but if it was Alvarez it’s not a terrible fit.

    Comment by E Dub — July 12, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  29. Kori Ellson

    Comment by Anya Locy — July 12, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  30. Peguero (Carlos) surprised me a little. His swing wasn’t quite as long as I feared, he runs well and he looks like a very solid defender. Physically he reminds me of Chris Dickerson a bit, but with a swing designed for power. He showed his flaws too, whiffing on those changeups. If he can learn to cover the outer half of the plate over the next couple of years he could be a solid regular, if only because of the power and defense. It’s a bit of a longshot but his ceiling is a bit higher for me after seeing his whole game.

    Comment by E Dub — July 12, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  31. Are you sure Britton was throwing a 4 seamer? I have heard that he is stricly sinker/slider with a change in development. Could he have been overthowing the 2 seamer?

    Comment by Jeff V. — July 12, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

  32. Mike Trout is the best prospect in baseball. How he fell so far in the draft last year is beyond me. Sure wish my Rangers would have taken him over Matthew Purke.

    Comment by jahowa — July 12, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  33. Almost every pitcher in baseball will throw a 4 seam fastball occasionally.
    If you are trying to work a guy up in the zone, it doesn’t make sense to throw a 2 seam, cutter, or running fastball.

    Comment by jahowa — July 12, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  34. Gordon is a talented young player but I’m not sure where talks of him developing into a plus plus defender at short originated. After watching every home game he’s played this season for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, I’ve seen him make some spectacular plays but I’ve also seen him botch many a routine ground ball–a nasty habit that has him leading the Southern League in errors (24) while posting a .930 fielding percentage. Scouts I’ve spoken to suggest that an overhaul of Dee’s defensive footwork could be the answer, but the Dodgers haven’t yet sent a rover down here to Chattanooga who’s been able to correct Gordon’s fielding woes.

    Comment by Greg D — July 13, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

  35. North East baseball player, jahowa. Scouts didn’t get good looks until late and then he started popping up. If you were following the draft he was one of the hottest, if not the hottest, pop-ups that year.

    Comment by E Dub — July 13, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

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