The grade inflation in these prospect list reviews appears to be more rampant than what you typically see in an Ivy League school. When pitchers get elbow injuries and their value doesn’t change, methinks a little more introspection is in order.
I’m a little curious about why Familia is ‘static’ instead of ‘down’. Per 9 innings, he’s striking out 2 fewer batters and walking 2 more batters. K/BB went from 2.75 to 1.36. He’s obviously facing tougher competition in AAA, but that seems like a pretty severe regression for him.
I didn’t have that reaction; I’m not interested in assigning every player a number. If I do have a wish, it is for a post about prospects who would now be in the top 100 but were not previously.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 11, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
The Cardinals currently have an extremely nice crop of players sitting in AA, and AAA. Taveras, Wong, Miller, Martinez, Adams (currently on MLB roster, but probably head back down once Berkman is back from DL).
Comment by rossthevenot — July 11, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
I’ve seen different scouting reports, but does he have the bat to play 3B or the glove to play 2B? Which is the better/most likely fit in SD?
Thanks for all the work on the updates, Marc! I’m a little confused by a particular comment, though. Specifically, Oscar Taveras’s “detractors are starting to dwindle”? Starting?
Other than Jeff Sussman, is there *anybody* out there left who has any real doubts the kid is going to be a star? Slugging .600 or so in AA as a 19/20year, while fanning just 13% of the time, is almost unheardof. Jason Parks’ scouting contacts are saying 70+ on BOTH the “hit” and “power” tools. That’s Vlad Guerrero redux.
Above #56 in baseball? There arn’t many limited ceiling SP propsects in the top 50. My point is that Marc already ranked him very high and he hasn’t done anything to make that ranking look too low.
Comment by PiratesHurdles — July 11, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
JPR was the Pandora’s box of the Blue Jays organization. The team was literally left the team in shambles. Bunches of high salary players, few prospects to build the team back. Literally the only one glimmer of hope left behind from JPR was Jose Bautista.
It sometimes amazes me how Jays fans want to compete NOW considering that AA still isn’t done cleaning JPR’s messes.
I’ll give the Blue Jays 3 to complete their rebuilding. But at that point, I expect Gillick-like results. 4 post-season berths in 5 years.
I’m a bit confused about how Daniel Norris could increase his value while not pitching. Did he make some sort of breakthrough in extended spring training? Is there anything that makes him more desirable now than six months ago?
Out of curiosity, what did you find weird with Alen Hanson and Luis Heredia of the Pirates. I find it hard to believe you have Heredia in your top 50, and having him not in top 100 seems weird, and Hanson being better in top 50 seems weird too, (no way you can have him outside top 100 with season he’s having and tools, but having a low A guy so high without a bunch of pre-professional hype seems strange as well this fast).
He can actually hold his own at 2B defensively, he’s a bit underrated there. At 3B, his bat should be good enough to be at least a mid-division starter. He’s shown solid power throughout his career (.205 career ISOp) and has decent plate discipline…