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  1. RE: Tyler Henley

    A high average contact hitter with decent OBP skills that has a career .474 SLG doesn’t hit for enough power to get on base in front of Pujols? I don’t understand.

    Comment by TMW — July 20, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  2. He doesn’t hit for enough power to justify working out of a traditional power position, especially on a team that is in need of additional power sources.

    Comment by Marc — July 20, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

  3. I’m rather confused as to why we’re looking at BA and HR.

    Comment by Andy S — July 20, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  4. Talking to people who talk to scouts, Henley is a 4th outfielder. He’s more “grit” than tools. I think his SLG this year might be inflated by playing in a very hitter friendly environment.

    Marc, I’ve heard some fantastic reports on Barney’s glove. I agree that his bat profiles as a utility infielder, but could he be flying a bit under the radar due to the fact he can really pick it at short?

    Comment by Erik Manning — July 20, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  5. Well, to be fair, even if you look at more telling stats, it’s not like the list is going to be suddenly littered with prospects.

    However, as a Red Sox fan, I must point out that Josh Reddick, who is at least 2 years younger than all three Eastern League guys on this list, is third in the EL in Isop.

    Comment by Jake — July 20, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  6. No, it probably wouldn’t populate the list more, but it could very well be a different list of prospects. I don’t feel like batting average is something that’s really something I’m going to keep my eye on with minor leaguers…I would think it would be more plate-discipline, contact rate, and power. So HRs might be fine, but why not look at isop, SLG, OBP, wOBA, or BB/K rate?

    Comment by Andy S — July 20, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  7. Firstly, BA and HR still have value for looking at players; we can still learn from the stats… but the point is not to rely to heavily on these stats. My post by no means looks at HRs and AVG and says this player is a prospect solely because he hits a lot of homers or hits for a high average. Like it or not, these two categories are still used by a large portion of the industry. These are rankings used by MLB itself, for right or wrong. The point of this post is to talk about prospects and minor league players… It takes a group of players ranked together by one indicatior and discusses how they differ when taking a number of other factors into consideration. Later in the week I will be looking at a few more “Fangraph” stats like FIP, ISO, wOBA, etc…

    Erik, I am not sure Barney’s glove is enough to justify a regular spot on an annually-contending team like the Cubs… maybe the Pirates.

    Comment by Marc — July 20, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

  8. Two quick things about the two Tigers prospects:

    Ryan Strieby has been moved to LF.

    Brennan Boesch has never been a 3B, he is a RF.

    Comment by Drew — July 20, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

  9. What does “usable, in-game power” mean? Is that in contrast to batting practice power? (referring to Michael Taylor)

    Comment by BS — July 21, 2009 @ 8:48 am

  10. I have ended up searching all over for that post. Thank goodness I just came across this at Bing.

    Comment by MARCELLE — February 19, 2010 @ 10:27 am

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