Hey everybody. Let's get this show on the road.
Tim Hop (PA): It looks like Astros might have received there future SS in Jonathan Villar. What is his upside and is he Astros future SS
There's little doubt Villar has the
defensive chops to be a big league shortstop. It's just a question of
how the bat comes along. He takes big hacks for a guy with little power.
He's only 19, so there's time, but he'll have to start making more
Eric K (Chicago): Desmond Jennings has had a
less than spectacular season thus far. Have expectations dimmed for him
or can we expect a bounce back 2011 with the Rays?
I wouldn't say they've dimmed, but his
lack of power for a supposed five-tool guy does raise an eyebrow. He's
only got three homers all year and Durham is a pretty homer-friendly
park. But he's shown he can handle Triple-A pitching, so there's not
much left for him to prove in the minors.
Derek (Houston): Ian Krol has been having an
amazing seaon in Low A ball for the A's this year. What i find more
amazing is that he just turned 19 this past May. What major league
pitcher would Krol draw the best comparision to and would you project
Krol as being a top of the rotation starter in the majors?
Wouldn't call him a front-of-the-rotation
guy, more like a No. 3 whose stuff plays up thanks to his
competitiveness and feel for pitching. His fastball has only average
velocity, sitting around 88-91 mph, but he gets good sink on it and his
curve and changeup are real weapons.
Jose (Honduras): In any other organization, is
Jesus Montero getting Major League at-bats by now? Do you think he gets
traded or is he in the majors next season?
Maybe in some of them, but not too many I
think. He's just now been catching up to Triple-A over the last couple
months, so there would've been little impetus to promote him early. The
Yankees have demonstrated they'd deal him for the right piece (Cliff Lee
in this case), but my gut feel is they hold on to him now.
Greg (LA): Explain the logic - Dotel (a two
month rental) for McDonald (just as good) plus Lambo (who immediately
made the Prospect Sheet).
That's a tough one. Dotel should be a useful piece, but they definitely sold low on McDonald and Lambo.
Larry W (Atlanta): With Rickie Weeks having a
bounce back year, what happens with Lawrie? Do the Brewers move him off
2B or do they keep him there?
I'd say Lawrie could get moved to an
outfield corner regardless of Weeks' performance, but the Brewers
already have Ryan Braun and now Corey Hart signed to multi-year deals,
so it'll be interesting. Weeks is about to enter his final arbitration
year and will be a free agent after the 2011 season, though there's been
reports an extension is possible. Back to Lawrie, he's a below-average
fielder right now (his 20 errors are the most among Southern League
second basemen) and his bat is well ahead of his glove in terms of being
close to ready.
Thomas N. (New York, NY): I dare you to answer
my question. Especially since I ask about 5 questions every hot sheet,
and have never been answered. What's the upside of Manny Banuelos? Does
he have any (present day, not prime) Johan Santana in him?
You're off the schneid, Thomas. Banuelos'
upside looks more like a middle-of-the-rotation guy. His changeup has
been his best pitch pitch and his curveball and fastball are average,
but his command and pitchability give him a pretty good chance of
reaching that potential.
Scott (Calgary): How much progression has Oscar
Tejeda made this season? Is he going to garner any consideration for
the Top 100 and is he on the cusp of Boston's top 5?
Tejeda's been a nice comeback story after
he'd fallen off the radar a bit thanks a couple of uninspiring, injury
plagued seasons. Not sure I'd run him up as a Top 100 guy, but he's got
some tools with a quick bat and a feel for the zone.
Ben (Leland Grove): Looking at the picture
above, is Harper really going to be the only player on the front of next
year's Handbook, or is that merely a prototype?
Actually, the entire book is going to be about Bryce Harper. Just kidding. I'm sure that's just a mockup.
Tony (Atlanta): Who do you see as being your
"Top 4" candidates for BA's Player of the Year? It would seem to me
that they would be Trout, Teheran, Lamb, and Myers, with Trout being the
obvious winner, but am interested to see if there's someone else that
surpasses any of those candidates. Thanks for answering!!
Hellickson and Dom Brown are in that mix
as well. We should be making our final decision on the minor league PoY
within the next few days, though the story won't run until closer to the
end of the season.
J.P. (Springfield, IL): You're on the spot. The MILB POY award is being given out today. Pick one - Montero, Trout, or other?
One more PoY question ... the field was
really strong this year, about 10 or 11 guys with deserving resumes none
of which were head and shoulders above the rest. My personal choice was
Wil Myers, with Trout second. His numbers as a teenage catcher are
impressive as it is, but what really swayed me was how he's stepped up
after moving up a level. He's hitting .390/.486/.512 with Wilmington,
whose park is tough to hit in.
Ryan (California): How does Tyler Chatwood project?
Has the stuff and the moxie to be a
frontline guy if he tightens his command a bit, though his size
(5-foot-11, 175 pounds) and arm action cause some concerns about
Jon (Toronto, Ont): I've been trying to wrap my head around the Gose for Wallace trade for the last two weeks. Can you please explain it for me?
It's a gamble for sure. The Jays are
banking on Gose translating those tools into production. Wallace is a
safer pick to pan out, but he's going to be pretty one-dimensional
whereas Gose, if he works out, could be more.
Dan (Chicago): Which NL rookie has impressed you the most this season Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, or Jason Heyward
Tough call, I'll go with Posey though.
Cody Vandommele (Tillsonburg): Where does Zach Stewart project to fit into a rotation? (i.e. Number 2, 3, 4?)
Probably a No. 3. Good sinking fastball, but his secondary offerings look average.
wayne (Camarillo): What ever happened to the A's Ynoa?
Well ... it's just come out that Ynoa's
going to have Tommy John surgery. Assuming he doesn't pitch again until
late next year, if at all, he'll have thrown a grand total of nine pro
innings within his first three years after signing. Obviously he's still
young, but that's a lot of lost development time.
Ryan (Dallas): Rank these three Royals as far as who you think will be the best all-around hitter in five years: Hosmer, Moustakas, Myers
Hosmer, Myers, Moustakas. Could put those guys in any order though.
Travis (Spokane, WA): Whats your thoughts on
Mariners prospect Johermyn Chavez? Is he a legitimate prospect or is he
a bench player in the majors? He has put up great numbers in High
Desert but i have learned to take those numbers with a grain of salt.
Thanks in advance for answering my question.
He's got plus power, but contact issues
hold him back. And you hit on the important point of not overreacting to
guys putting up big numbers with High Desert.
Mike (NJ): Obviously Moore has a great fastball, but how do his other pitches project to grade out as he furthers his developement?
He's got a hammer curveball that might be
even better than his fastball. His changeup is effective enough and has
some action to it. The big thing will be to see how he responds when
he's facing hitters with more mature approaches than guys in Single-A.
Commanding the zone is the only question with him.
jared (philly): With Ryan Howard an obvious
roadblock in Philadelphia, is Jonathan Singleton more apt to move to the
outfield or moved as a trade chip in phillies annual deadline deal for a
Indications are he's athletic enough that
he could handle a corner outfield spot ... but I try not to get too
caught up about where guys in low A would fit in the big league lineup.
Thanks for the questions everybody. Enjoy
the weekend and we'll see you back here for another prospects chat next
Friday. And of course, be sure to keep checking our Draft Blog
for all the latest draft signing deadline news.