J.J. Cooper will answer your Midseason Top 50 Prospects and Prospect Hot Sheet questions beginning at 3 p.m. ET on July 8.
Ryan (Durham): It's well known the Rays promote
their arms slowly, but if Moore keeps up this pace, could he force
their hand and send him to AAA in the coming months?
Hey everyone. I'm jumping in a little
early because we're being pelted by a thunderstorm so I want to add some
power-outage insurance by getting to questions quickly.
The Rays don't really worry about a playing forcing their hand. If you
look at their current rotation, David Price is the only starter who made
less than 17 Double-A starts. And it's worth noting that all five of
the Rays' current staff had at least 10 starts in Triple-A. Jeremy
Hellickson had 30, Wade Davis had 37 Triple-A starts and Jeff Niemann
had 49. Moore already has 17 Double-A starts, so it's not out of the
question that he could get a bump to Triple-A before long, but it sill
looks like a mid-2012 ETA at the earliest barring some unexpected
injuries in the big leagues.
Benny (NYC): Martin Perez's outings as a whole
haven't really improved much since last year, at least according to his
numbers. What made you list him as high as he was?
Got to disagree with the premise of the
question first off. Perez's ERA, hit's allowed and walk rate have all
improved while his strikeout rate has stayed somewhat similar to last
year. But we're not doing this list just on the stats, it's in large
part put together by talking to scouts. Perez has been showing three
plus pitches this year. When you're talking about a 20-year-old lefty
with three plus pitches having success in Double-A, that's a stud
Kyle (Pittsburgh, PA): Why does someone who
seems only to have HALF a good season at the plate constantly make it
into the Top 10 on your overall prospects lists, time after time? (see
Confused by the premise of the question.
Are you talking about the Cardinals' Jesus Montero? The Yankees' Montero
has hit for average and power pretty much everywhere he's gone. He has a
.310/.367/.496 career minor league stat line which is all the more
impressive when you consider he's been one of the youngest players in
whatever league he's playing in at the time. He may be repeating the
league this year in Scranton, but he's still the third-youngest player
in the league. Scouts were consistent in telling us, don't stress out
too much over his only average first half this year, he's still a stud
hitter. He also still can't catch.
Anton (NJ): Would Tim Wheeler be on your top 100?
Yes. I did a personal Top 100 before we
put together our Top 50 and I had him No. 53 on that list. If he keeps
this up over the second half of the season he's a sure-fire Top 100
Prospect next February.
Jeff (Calgary Alberta): I was just wondering
about your take on a Jays prospect that has been getting some hype
It sounds like Drew Hutchinson is the real thing. Could you give a
little update on his stuff (the handbook had him ranked fairly low), and
what his upside could be?
We highlighted him in our stock up guys
for our companion piece on the Top 50.
That link is for subscribers, but if you're not subscribing, please do,
there's lots of great info on guys like Hutchison, including scouting
notes on 13 more players in the link I just included there.
Jose (New York): Hey, which top Cubs OF do you like more: Szczur or Jackson
I'll say Jackson for now. But Szcur has
more upside. Jackson's just much more of a safer bet, and in this case
the difference is enough that I'll take the safer bet.
Eric (Toronto, ON): Jake Marisnick has impressed the heck outta some people this year. Was he considered for the Top 50?
Absolutely. Five-tool talent who would definitely have been easily in the Top 100 if we went deeper on our midseason list.
CA (Dhahran): How far away is Liam Hendricks from a top 50 list? Does anyone see him as the equal to Kyle Gibson?
I've heard some baseball people make that
argument, but Gibson's stuff is similar to Hendriks, he has a slightly
better injury history and he's close to the big leagues. Hendriks was
good enough to be considered for the 50, but he wasn't in the
Casey Kelly (Wolf Stadium): How far out of the top 50 did I fall? Do you still view me as a future #2?
We initially had Kelly in the Top 50, but
in the end, the consensus was that at some point he has to start missing
more bats. The stuff is every bit as good as it was in our preseason
scouting reports, but we are talking about a player who has posted a
1.50 WHIP and a near 5.00 ERA in 38 Double-A starts. And he's done it in
reasonable parks for pitchers. He still has the stuff to be a No. 2
starter, but there's a long ways to go to get there.
Bald Starkey (117): Is it a possibility that is Trout plays the rest of the season he can hit 20 homers?
No. Trout's calling card, especially as a
19-year-old, is not his power. He has 20 career minor league home runs
in almost 1,000 at-bats. Expect him to hit for average, steal bases and
show outstanding tools, but we're not talking about another Mike
Stanton. Trout has potentially a plus-plus hit tool, but right now we're
looking at average power at best.
Jonny (Long Beach): What are your thoughts so
far on Jonathan Singleton's year? Seems like a very good season for
someone his age, but everyone keeps talking about his struggles? He'll
be a 20-year-old in AA next year and that seems to put him on a pretty
special track as a hitting prospect.
It's not a great year, but it's not awful
either. Singleton's bat has to carry him, so you'd like to see him with a
slugging percentage above .400 whether he's in the Florida State League
or not. But the swing's still there, the plate discipline is still
there and he's the second youngest player in the league. I still like
him a lot, but that infatuation has cooled down a little from last year
at this time.
Matthew Moore (San Diego, CA): James Darnell, with a move to LF from third base in the future, could he be a poor mans Ryan Braun?
Sorry not buying that. Nothing against
Darnell, but when you throw Braun's name out there, you're talking about
a different kind of hitter. At Darnell's age, Braun had 71 big league
home runs. Despite a similar background (both were college draftees),
Darnell has 52 minor league home runs in his career. I think Darnell can
hit, and he has average power, but he's more a solid regular at best,
not an all-star like Braun.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Which Nats arm are you higher on, and why - Peacock or Milone?
Peacock, which is why he's in the Top 50
and Milone won't make the Top 100. Better stuff across the board.
Milone's having a nice year, but it's really, really hard to have a
successful big league career as a starter if you break into the big
leagues with mid to high 80s fastball. I'll throw that out to the
chatters, name me two successful big league starters (let's say two
years with an ERA+ of 100) in the last five years who had a mid 80s
fastball when they arrived. It's harsh to say, but if you thumb down
every starter with a mid 80s fastball who has success you're going to be
right way more often then you're wrong. Now, can a guy like that move
to the bullpen? Sure. But as a starter unless you're a knuckleballer,
it's nearly impossible to break in as a guy with a well below-average
fastball. Make it to the majors with an average fastball and then lose
it to age? Well, that's a different story (Greg Maddux, Jamie Moyer,
Livan Hernandez, etc).
Josh (Cleveland): Where would a healthy Jean Segura be ranked on your list? How would you rate his speed on a 20-80 scale?
Hard to say exactly if he was fully
healthy, because Segura's hamstring problems definitely played a part in
him slipping. There's till a lot to like, as we're talking about a
middle infielder with lots of hitting ability. Before the hamstring
issues he was a 60-65 runner.
Ben (Miamisburg, OH): Did Ronald Torreyes get
any consideration for the list? The little man can hit, play plus
defense at 2nd base and is only 18 years old in A ball...
Not really. I like him a lot, but as a
5-foot-5 second baseman in low Class A, he's going to need to prove it
for a while longer.
tim (kc): rank these RF's in order 3-5 yrs from now...Upton, Stanton, Heyward and Harper?
Nice list...I'll take any of the four, but I'll go Harper, Stanton, Heyward, Upton.
David (Fort Worth): Did Zeke Spruill receive
any consideration for either of these lists? His overall numbers are at
the top end of the pedestrian spectrum, but the K/BB and WHIP stack up
with the best. Looks like the victim if some bad luck, eh?
He's not close to the Top 50. He's a
decent prospect, solid low 90s fastball, developing slider, but he's
fighting to be among the top 10 pitching prospects in the Braves'
system, not a spot in the Top 50.
Kyle (Philadelphia): Did Trevor May receive any
consideration for the midseason top 50? He seems to have settled in
and should be heading to Double A soon.
Sorting out the Phillies' four pitching
prospects at high Class A is tough to do. Depending on the scout you
talk to, you can get a completely opposite order of which of the four
they like the best. May has plus stuff, but there are a lot of scouts
who think his command has a long ways to go and he may end up as a power
reliever, that's why he just missed the Top 50.
Matt Szczur (Low A ????): Why am I here? I'm 22
Context is everything. Scouts love
Szczur's tools and his approach. He missed a lot of time in college
because of football, so he's understandably behind the average
22-year-old. But whenever you ask a scout who's a player on the rise,
Szczur's name is one of the first to come up.
Kyle (Philadelphia): Do you think Jon Singleton's Top 50 Ranking is based more on his age or his actual tools?
Both. He's extremely young with plus tools.
Sam (box seats): Middlebrooks @ 5 this
week...but some of his stats popped up in the NYP league....Were those
this week? Whether yes or no, what purpose was served by putting an
organizational top ten prospect (already at AA) in the Penn for 12 abs?
Just trying to get a handle on how the Sox are approaching this.
Thanks for another great week of coverage!
Middlebrook's entire week was in the
Eastern League. He spent part of last week in the NY-P on injury rehab,
so there wasn't any reason for the lower assignment than that.
Roger (Greenville, SC): Why Martin Perez over Shelby Miller?
Better secondary stuff. And when you're
talking about two similar elite pitchers, tie goes to the lefty. But
those two are close enough in the rankings that they're pretty
interchangable. If the Rangers called the Cardinals and offered to swap,
the Cardinals would likely say no because you'd rather keep the guy you
know, and the same would be true the other way around. That's a pretty
good sign two guys are pretty evenly matched.
mike kelly (wyckoff, nj): hi jj.......for the
top 50, how much did performance this year factor in as compared to
prior years and potential? who helped themselves the most with their
performance? who hurt themselves the most?
second question: which organization has outperformed expectations in
terms of their prospects?
thanks, mike kelly
Performance this year matters, but you
don't want to go overboard on two months of stats. In the case of a guy
like Jesus Montero, there's really nothing that has changed much from
the assessment of him at the start of the year, even if he has
relatively pedestrian numbers. On the other, hand, a guy like Carlos
Martinez's value has changed a ton. Coming into the season he was an
enigma, a guy with all kinds of questions about his age and identity who
had dominated the DSL. Now he's shown he can maintain that stuff over a
half season in the U.S. while dominating much more advanced hitters, at
that point, scouts start worrying less about whether his DOB is
accurate and more about how quickly he'll make it to the majors. As far
as an organization, I like how the D'backs pitchers have taken a step
Roger (Greenville, SC): The top 5 on the top 50 appear to make up one tier. Where would you draw the line for a 2nd tier?
Good question. If you take the top five as
one tier, I'd say tier 2 goes from No. 6 to No. 9. That may seem harsh,
but I'm not sure anyone would take Brett Lawrie for Martin Perez,
whereas I think Brett Lawrie (No. 10) offered for Tyler Skaggs (No. 19)
is something where the trade value is not all that different.
Joe R. (Newport News, VA): Just thinking about
Hayden Simpson makes me, a Cub fan, irate. Shouldn't the Cubs just admit
they blundered and release him now, just to get him out of their (and
Why release him? The money is invested
now, give him time to prove that the stuff is still in his arm. He had a
bad case of mono last year, so there's plenty of reasons to be patient
and see if he can get back to full strength. A veteran pitching coach
told me he'd love to wave a wand and make all of his pitchers spend a
season trying to pitch with a mid 80s fastball so they'd learn how to
pitch, then wave the wand to give them their fastball back. They'd be
polished pitchers then with a plus fastball. There's always a chance
that Simpson is one of the few pitchers that will get that chance.
Nelly (Mound Valley): How long can a guy like Montgomery survive without a reliable breaking pitch?
Because he's a lefty, there's a chance he
may never have to develop an average average breaking ball. I'm not
throwing a Glavine comp out there in any way shape of form, but look at
what Glavine did, and he didn't have nearly the fastball Montgomery
does. But in Montgomery's case, he does have the makings of a plus
breaking ball, I've seen it myself. But his feel for that pitch comes
and goes, as does its consistency. Developing that breaking ball may be
the difference between being a solid pitcher and a great one.
Frank (Dallas): Any chance Leonys Martin gets a
call up this year? Has he shown enough so far to potentially compete
for a starting job next spring?
Yes and yes. Hard to believe he can't help a team somewhat during a September call-up.
Ballboy (watercooler): In an earlier chat the
profile of a #1 Starter, #2, etc. was provided, and this week we have
the scout's assessment of Teheran vs. Moore. Surprised after all the
coverage of Julio that at this late date someone was questioning his
stuff re: being a #1 or #2 starter. What exactly are Teheran's top
pitches and how much problem does he have w/ the curveball???
If Teheran has no 3rd quality pitch, how much different is he than
Rockies' Nicassio, up from AA, and pitching well every other game in
between getting his brains beat out??
Thanks...this is where BA earns its keep. If it's over the top for the
chat, can you do a follow-up article??
Ballboy, as far as Teheran, I've got good
news for you. I've already written it. Here's a complete scout's view
for subscriber's on Teheran, touching on the breaking ball, from earlier
Thomas (Ohio): I noticed the mention that Tim
Beckham is in the futures game, and BA mention it would be an
opportunity to guage his progress.
Based on his move up to AA, with an average bouncing between .275 and
.300, where do we think he is before the futures? Is there any word on
his performance at SS? Has he been playing any other positions?
This is definitely a nice bounce-back year
for Beckham. He's shown improvement at the plate and in the field. That
said, there's still a lot of thought from scouts that he'll end up at
another position eventually. In addition to only so-so range, he doesn't
have great feel for the position at shortstop. He's strictly a
shortstop for now though, as he hasn't played any other positions yet.
Count me among the skeptics. I still see him as more of a utility
infielder than a regular at the big league level. Of course, he may
prove me wrong.
Joey (Shelton, CT): Who do you think is going to be a better pitcher in the long run, Shelby Miller or Matt Moore?
Matt Moore. That's my answer if you ask me
that question and replace Miller's name with any other pitcher in the
minors. I think Moore is going to be a star.
Jon (Michigan): Aaron Hicks is still highly ranked on your top prospect list. Does that mean his development is going well?
It keeps progressing slowly, but it's
making steps. He's an excellent athlete who shows excellent plate
discipline. That's not your usual combo. Usually you'll see great
athletes who mix massive home runs with stretches where they swing at
anything. In Hicks' case, you don't see the massive home runs, but you
do see plenty of walks and patient at-bats. He is in the top 10 in the
FSL in on-base percentage. The Twins have had success being patient with
prospects, just take a look at Denard Span's career progression.
There's still a lot to like about Hicks.
John (D.C.): Could you see Profar being a top 12 prospect next spring after the current draft class has signed?
Yeah. Most of these guys will see their
rankings dip some once we add in the signees from a very deep draft
class, but in Profar's case, the more scouts get to see him, the more
everyone loves him.
Chris (SoCal): I realize there is a Tommy John
surgery "penalty" when you compile your rankings, but I'm wondering why
it was so harsh for John Lamb. From #18 to out of the top 50 entirely?
When Jarrod Parker had TJ, he was only dropped from 29 to 36.
Actually there was consistency. At this
time last year, we didn't rank Parker in the Top 50 either.
Lamb will be back in the Top 100 next season if his recovery goes as
planned. But there's really not much of a difference in how we treated
him and Parker.
Joe (DC): Why so low for Goldschmidt? He's hit for significant power at every level.
It's hard to find many scouts who are
ready to completely buy in with Goldschmidt. He's absolutely hit for
power wherever he's gone, but the life of a righthanded hitting first
baseman is a tough road. Scouts are split over whether they see star
potential, a solid regular or an up-and-down guy. As one scout put it,
"we'll be debating him for years."
Tom (Kansas City): Is the Wil Myers drop a
function of injury, loss of positional value in the outfield, or just
the bloom coming off the rose a little this year?
Yes, yes and yes. Scouts say he has a ways
to go in the outfield, and others say he's just a little less
interesting now that he is a corner outfielder. He has to show plus
power to be an impact bat out there, not just an ability to hit for
average and get on base. That being said, he's still one of the more
advanced bats in the minors, and it's worth remembering he's the sixth
youngest player in Double-A now that Trout has been promoted.
Roger (Greenville, SC): BA's scouting report on
Teheran this winter cited his fastball, change, and curve as at least
above average. The comparison to Moore yesterday described him as a
2-pitch pitcher. What changed?
He's not a two-pitch pitcher, but his curve still shows flashes rather than consistency.
Roger (Greenville, SC): How close was Mike Olt to making the top 50?
A broken collarbone away from making it I'd say.
Tom (Texas): Would JD Martinez and/or Jose "Mighty Mouse" Altuve make your Top 100 list right now?
Sorry neither of 'em would make it for me.
Martinez's value is all tied up in the bat and I don't think he'll hit
enough to be a regular. Altuve has torn the cover off the ball this
year, but all that's done for most scouts is bump him from being an org
player to a potential big league backup. I asked six scout/front office
types specifically about him and didn't find one who projects him to be a
big league regular. The guys who liked him think he could be a backup
second baseman who maybe plays as a backup corner outfielder too.
John (Seattle): Taijuan Walker saw being ranked
38th and then went out and had perhaps his best start of the year, 1
hit and 11 Ks over 6 innings. Perhaps you wish you had edged him up a
little bit more in retrospect?
No reason to not be a little cautious, as he's still a long ways away, but clearly we like him to rank him in the top 40.
David (Bethlehem, PA): Obligatory Mike Trout
question - which current/former MLB player do you foresee his career
mimicking? If he has a Johnny Damon-type career, that can't be a
disappointment, can it?
I know some people reading this will say
absolutely it would, but they are missing how hard it is to be great in
the big leagues. Damon has an outside shot at 3,000 hits. He's had a
great career. That being said, I expect Trout will be better than Damon.
He's way more physical.
Gary (Texas): Mr. Cooper, what can you tell us
about Nate Eovaldi? He took a no hitter into the 7th last night and has
struck out 89 guys in 82 innings in AA. Just 63 hits allowed too.
Very good stuff, but he's got a funky
delivery that makes it hard for a lot of scouts to project him as a
starter who can maintain his command. He's got a wrap and dice roll in
his take away from his glove. Every now and then a guy like Ubaldo
Jimenez proves that you can succeed with stuff like that, but most of
those guys end up in the bullpen.
denis (terre haute): JJ, i know Denis Phipps
has been around a while but cmon. His stat line the last week has got to
be huge. Do you feel he may be putting his tools to work now?
It was a nice week, but .385/.467/.769 is
not huge, especially when you're getting ready to turn 26 and are in
Double-A. He's always had tools, but I'm sorry, I'm off the Phipps
Manny Banuelos (Trenton): Why am I still
considered a high-ceiling prospect? Do my stats mislead the neophytes
that have yet to see me pitch? Are those same stats victims to a couple
of bad starts? If I am still a high-ceiling prospect, what will allow
the boys in the Bronx to look past my stat lines and promote me to AAA
See this is the problem when people try to
get cute and pose the question as the player. A lot of times it makes
the question tough to understand. Can you all make sense of this
question? Is he ripping on Banuelos or is he wondering why Banuelos
won't be promoted to Triple-A soon? Well, let me answer it this way.
Scouts loved the Banuelos they saw in spring training. Fastball up to
96, sharp secondary stuff. That guy looked like a front-line starter.
His stuff has dipped as he's piled up innings this year, but that's not
shocking. He's still a high ceiling prospect because he has that spring
training stuff in him, but don't expect to see him blow major league
hitters away with that spring training-style stuff at any point this
Dan (Chicago): How could Austin Kirk not be on the list? THE GUY THREW A NO HITTER!!!
Yes he did, so we put him in the team
photo. It was a very nice accomplishment for Mr. Kirk, but it's the
Prospect Hot Sheet, so prospect status plays a part in the rankings.
Oswaldo Arcia (Minnesota): How close was I to the top 50? Personally I think that I will move ahead of Aaron Hicks before the years up.
Very close. Scouts just want to see him more, which is why he was on the Wait And See list that subscribers can read.
King Billy Royal (Toronto): I keep on hearing
that Brad Peacock projects as a mid rotation starter but his numbers
keep saying otherwise. What kind of stuff does he have and does he have a
plus pitch in addition to his fastball?
His numbers don't say otherwise. I'm a
believer that minor league stats are important and have plenty of
predictive value, but you can't project a front-line starter solely on
stats. I'll go back to Yusmeiro Petit as exhibit A. Peacock's got a 60
fastball to go with a average breaking ball and a below average
changeup. All-in-all it's a good combo.
Jose Altuve (Corpus Christi, TX): I find your lack of faith disturbing.
There apparently is a disturbance in the Altuve force.
David (Bethlehem, PA): Any truth to the internet chatter that Jesse Biddle has lost the heat on his fastball (from 93-95 to 87-89)?
Yes. Sitting more in the high 80s from what I've heard.
Matt (Seattle): How close was Mariners SS Nick Franklin to cracking the top 50? Was really hoping to see him on the list
Not far off. He's fallen some from last year's meteoric rise, but a lot of scouts still like him.
Mark (Myrtle Beach): He's 21 and in Low-A so the obvious question is this: is Lisalberto Bonilla someone I should take seriously?
With this kind of stuff, he's definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Mike (CIN): Was surprised to see Yasmani Grandal out of the top 50, considering he's already doing well in Triple-A. What held him out?
Grandal is in Double-A, Mesoraco is in
Triple-A. He's in the 50-100 range. Still has some work to do
defensively, but it's a solid first pro season.
Jared (DC): Chris Dominguez, future star, everyday regular, or UTL?
Up and down guy.
Chris (Houston): Is Edgar Martinez a fair comp for J.D. Martinez?
That's a stretch to me. But then, no one was that high on Edgar Martinez before he broke into the majors.
Lou (West Berlin, NJ): Enjoyed the Mid-Season
Top 50. Explain the logic: why is Gyorko ranked 49, with no Darnell.
What do you guys see in Jedd, after just a half season in the Cal
league, that gives him the nod?
He's a 1.5 years younger than Darnell
playing in Double-A, while Darnell just played his way out of Double-A
recently. He's got a better chance to stick at 3B with a slightly better
hit tool. And he has a better track record of consistently hitting.
Mike (Tulsa): What is Jurikson Profar's power
potential? It can be easily thought that with Elvis Andrus represented
by Scott Boras that he might leave once he hits his free agent years. Do
you see Profar as a better replacement of Andrus or as a second
With what he's doing at the age he
currently is, I'm not putting limits on Profar. Yes, he could end up
being better than Andrus.
Efrim (Middletown, CT): Stanton ahead of Heyward? You're the first I've seen to say that. Why so? Heyward's injuries?
Yeah. Staying healthy is a big part of
being a star (ask Pete Reiser if you have a time machine). I know
Stanton has had some bumps and bruises too, but they were close before
Heyward's injuries cropped up.
Jerry (San Diego): What about disclosing the 5 names that just missed the list?
What do you make of Christain Friedrich, CO, P
We didn't sit down and rank 'em out to 55,
but Segura, Will Middlebrooks, Tim Wheeler and that crop of Phillies
Clearwater pitchers were next on my list.
gary (dallas): where does cheslor cuthbert come in on your rankings
He would have been the sixth guy I wrote
up as a Wait And See guy if I had room in the magazine. Likely Top 100
guy next spring.
Dan Passner (New York, NY): Well Randy Wells
had 146 and 101 ERA+ with an 89 MPH FB from the right side. JA Happ
currently has a 104 career ERA+ with 89 MPH heat from the left side.
Dontrelle Willis was literally at 90 MPH when he broke in and Kevin
Slowey's defense independent numbers have been well above average. That
was just off the top of my head and not counting Brandon Webb's HOF peak
with an 88 MPH fastball. What do I win?
Brandon Webb was 90-92 when he hit the
majors, (just pulled out my 2003 Prospect Handbook to confirm that)
although he often took a little off to add sink, and he average 89 mph
as a rookie according to Fangraphs. Dontrelle Willis was topping out of
93 mph when he hit the majors (according to the same Handbook) and Wells
was 90-92 touching 93 when he was at Triple-A Iowa in 2007 (according
to the 2008 Handbook). Slowey was 88-92 when he hit the big leagues.
I'll give you Happ, even though he flashed 93 mph in shorter stints in
the AFL in 2006. But again, none of this contradicts what I was saying.
For pitchers, an 89-91 mph fastball is considered average velocity, some
scouts will argue it's 90-92 for RHP and 88-90 for LHPs. Every example
you cited had at least an average fastball when he hit the big leagues.
Milone has an 86-88 mph fastball, which is a 40 fastball by the scouting
Brian (Illinois): Why no Kyle Weiland at the
end of the top 50 (Maybe 45-50). Yes I am being picky, however the guy
has pitched great at AAA and is only three years removed from being a
closer at the college level.
Sorry he wasn't close to the top 50. Like
him as a prospect, but he's not considered in that group, more fighting
to make the Top 100.
Eric (VA): You guys do a great job at Baseball
America. I read somewhere today that the logic behind putting Paul
Goldschmidt at No. 50 shows that he's final getting some respect but
also that there is uncertainly about whether he can make it in the
Thanks for the compliment. That's a pretty
good way to put it. It's a great year following a great year, but don't
start wondering if he'll wear a D'backs hat when he hits Cooperstown
Kenny Graves (Newburgh, NY): I gt your daily
prospect report email and see JJ Hoover got a save. He has moved into
the closers role now from starting? Why was that done? How does it
affect his prospect status and does it change his ETA to the majors? Is
he the closer of the future in Atlanta?
Not with the relievers the Braves already
have in Atlanta, no. But a lot of scouts have always thought Hoover
would end up in the pen, and this helps him get ready to help if the
Braves need bullpen help in the second half.
Bruce (Seattle): How close was Neil Ramirez to the top 50?
Not far off. I do want to see how this trip to the DL with an arm injury turns out.
Jim (Kansas): If Mike Lamb was healthy and pitching accordingly, where would he have ranked on the top 50? Thanks...
John Lamb I assume? Definitely.
Jeff (Denver): What do you expect for a triple
slash from Trout for the remainder of the season? ~.260 /.330/.380 with
great D and a few swiped bags?
I'd agree with that except with good D, not great D. That's a pretty nice season for a 19-year-old.
hal jordan (waimea, hawaii): how far did yonder alonso drop?...he seems to be having a pretty decent season...
His name was brought up. He wasn't that far off the Top 50. Still blocked which means he's spending a long time in Triple-A.
steve Dakota (orlando,Fl): What other lefty prospects have had the outstanding 3 pitch repertoire that Matt Moore has?
Martin Perez is the closest.
Sam (Jacksonville): Considering chipper's
eventual retirement, is his replacement in the Braves' minor league
system or should we expect prado or a free agent there for the near
There's no one in the Braves' farm system
that projects to be ready in the next two years. If Chipper holds on
past that than maybe Salcedo or Lipka.
Kevin (NJ): Re: Beckham's improvement. His wOBA+ is exactly the same as 2010. Good on him for doing it at a higher level, but still.
He's better defensively this year and he's
doing it in Double-A, which is a significant step up from high Class A.
That being said, again, I'm on the skeptical side.
Sean (New Orleans): Jose Altuve...destined to
be the hitting version of Brandon Beachy (guy with fantastic numbers
that the scouts always nitpick and end up whiffing on)? I could see
Sorry, not buying that. Scouts liked
Beachy a good bit last year. To quote from a mid-July report we wrote on
him last year.
"A scout who saw Beachy in one of his recent starts praised the
righthander for his athleticism, pitchability and command. And his stuff
wasn't half bad either: low- to mid-90s heat and two quality secondary
Beachy ranges from 90-94 mph, sitting comfortably at the high end of
that range in relief and getting a few ticks higher on occasion. Best of
all he does it easy. And for a pitcher who has worked mostly in relief,
he shows outstanding feel for his curveball and changeup."
We also had a Scout's View where another scout said he was just a tick
below Julio Teheran. It was hard to find a scout who followed the Braves
last year who didn't like Beachy.
Scouts saw Beachy as a big leaguer starter or a power reliever. They
don't see the same for Altuve.
Chris (SoCal): I'm a subscriber...I don't see a Wait and See list. Link?
Here it is: http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/prospects/prospect-pulse/2011/2612045.html
David (Bethlehem, PA): For a big guy who throws hard, why can't Brody Colvin miss bats?
I don't have a good answer for that one. Wish I knew. Scouts still love his stuff.
Dr. John (New Orleans): Is Chris Archer even a Top 100 prospect anymore after plummeting out of the Top 50?
Yes. It's a step back, but he hasn't fallen off a cliff.
Norman (San Jose): will you guys be publishing individual top 50s? anyone that was in yours that wasnt in the group top 50?
No, we post our collective list because it's better than anyone's individual list. Three brains are smarter than one.
Tony (Frederick, MD): After a hot start, Hak-ju
Lee's bat has cooled down. Now, the offensive performance fits what
was expected (average/OBP guy with minimal power), but considering the
poor SB rate and the fact that his defense still needs clean up work,
his ranking seemed awfully high, and in all honesty, seems somewhat
based upon his hot start. Is a speedy, minimal power guy who needs
clean up work defensively really deserving of a position that high?
The defense is cleaning up. Still some
more work to go, but scouts project him to be a plus defender. And it's
really hard to find big league shortstops. If you're a catcher,
shortstop or third baseman, you're in high demand and the list somewhat
Sorry everyone time for me to wrap this
up. I hope you all have a great weekend and remember to watch the
Futures Game, or listen to it on XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.