Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Offseason Notes.
Here are some notes on same:
• Regarding the top-est of the top prospects, they’re all generally where you’d expect. Law ranks Mike Trout first of the Trout-Bryce Harper–Matt Moore triumvirate. Manny Machado at fourth overall is probably slightly higher than on other lists you’ll see, but not particularly so. Atlanta right-handed prospect Julio Teheran at 18th overall is decidedly lower than on other lists. (Teheran was, for example, ranked fourth, fourth, fourth, and sixth, respectively, by Baseball America’s Jim Callis, J.J. Cooper, Will Lingo, and John Manuel on their top-50 lists from the BA Prospect Handbook.)
• On that note, Tampa Bay shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee fairs well in Law’s estimation. Law ranks him 12th overall, whereas no one from that aforementioned BA foursome ranks him higher than 33rd (J.J. Cooper). Lee slashed .318/.389/.443 (.380 BABIP) as a 20-year-old in 454 plate appearances at High-A last season. Law notes that the power upside is quite limited, but that, between defense and plate discipline, Lee will “be an All-Star candidate a few years after reaching the majors sometime in 2013.”
• Angel right-hander Garrett Richards is ranked 70th overall. He was 67th on Jonathan Mayo’s MLB.com top-100 list. Per some work I did recently on the relationship between velocity, control, and pitching success, he (i.e. Richards) appears situated for major-league success in the near future.
Video: Hak-Ju Lee and Julio Teheran
Here’s video of Lee and Teheran, from Baseball Instinct and MLB.com, respectively. I wasn’t able to find particularly good footage of Lee at short, unfortunately.
Rate other teams: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago (AL) / Chicago (NL) / Cincinnati / Cleveland / Colorado / Detroit / Miami / Houston / Los Angeles (AL) / Los Angeles (NL, Home Games) / Los Angeles (NL, Away Games) / Milwaukee / Minnesota / New York (AL) / New York (NL) / Oakland / Philadelphia / Pittsburgh / St. Louis / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle.