Chris (Seattle): How concerning are Bauer's abundance of walks? He can't be dominant if he's at the top or leading the league in walks can he?
Trevor Bauer's walk rate in Double-A (5.4
BB/9) is a bit disconcerting, but he's missing bats and keeping the
ball in the yard, suggesting he may be a slight mechanical tweak away
from finding the strike zone more frequently. That's an interesting
thought, though — what's the ceiling on a 4 BB/9 righthanded starter in
the big leagues?
Matt (Los Angeles): With the promotions of Mike
Trout and Bryce Harper, are Christian Yelich and Wil Myers the best
outfield prospects in the minors? Can you see either one handling center
field in the majors?
I think you've got the top contenders in
Myers and Yelich. (Some might add to the mix the Cardinals' Oscar
Taveras or Royals' Bubba Starling.) Neither Myers nor Yelich has enough
reps in center field to declare with confidence that they can play the
position at the highest level, though given Yelich's average speed he
would seem to have a higher probability of sticking.
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EVAN (FREAKING) GATTIS (MISSISSIPPI): another week of destroying minor league pitching and another hot sheet without mention of my name!!!
BASEBALL AMERICA SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!
For further evidence of the grudge we
bear against the Braves' Evan Gattis, be sure to check out the April 20
Hot Sheet, where we rank him No. 8.
Roger (Greenville, SC): What do the Dodgers have in Joc Pederson? It's unusual to see a high school kid skip low A and hold his own.
I like what we've seen from 20-year-old
Joc Pederson thus far. He's got a good lefty swing and an idea of the
strike zone. Because he's probably not a center fielder for the long
haul, we'll need to see more power as he continues to mature physically.
Note that Pederson technically didn't skip Low-A. He appeared in 16
games for Great Lakes last year prior to heading to the Pioneer League.
But still that's not much time in the Midwest League for a high school
Ben (Miamisburg, OH): Was Reds AA CF Ryan
Lamarre considered for the list this week? He raised his batting
average over 75 points, walks a ton, and runs the bases well (even if he
is no Billy Hamilton, but who is?). Could he be a potential lead off
hitter for the Reds in a couple years?
Double-A CF Ryan LaMarre had a fantastic
week, going 9-for-22 with eight walks and five steals in six attempts.
The only thing keeping him off Hot Sheet was a lack of thump (one
double), and if that trend continues it may limit his upside to outfield
backup in the big leagues. That goes double with Billy Hamilton facing a
likely shift to center field if he plays his way off shortstop.
@Jaypers413 (IL): What did Betances do differently in his last start, if anything?
For Yankees Triple-A RHP Dellin Betances
the difference between good outing and bad often comes down to his
delivery. When he's not over-striding and losing his release point he
can be deadly, as he showed against Columbus this week.
T HAM (Walnut Creek, CA): Please rank these guys in terms of overall projectability: Xander Bogarts, Miguel Sano, Oscar Taveras, Eddie Rosario!
Thanks and have a good weekend!!!
Based on where they'll probably settle in
the big leagues: Sano (as a third baseman), Taveras (right field),
Bogaerts (third base) and Rosario (second base).
Dan (Israel): What should we know about Arismandy Alcantara who had a monster offensive week at SS in the FSL?
Cubs 20-year-old Arismendy Alcantara
possesses some loud tools — he can field, throw and run — and the
shortstop reminded us this week that he also has potential with the bat,
going 12-for-29 with two doubles and three triples for High-A Daytona.
He very nearly made the Hot Sheet in the Helium section. If the
offensive gains are real, then he's a prospect. Even if they're not he
might make a fine utility player or quality system depth.
Bob (NYC): Does Olt have a higher ceiling than
Moreland? More likely to be used as trade bait or called up to man 1b?
and when? Thanks for the chat.
It would be awfully hard for the Rangers
to part with Double-A third baseman Mike Olt, given his potential on
both sides of the ball, though he would make make a fine centerpiece of a
potential trade. After all, the Rangers have a chance to join some
pretty elite company if they win a third straight AL pennant (especially
at a time when both Boston and New York have been consistently
competitive, which was not really the case when Oakland or Baltimore won
three AL flags in a row). If they keep Olt, then yes he could give them
a reasonable facsimile of Moreland at 1B by the second half of next
season (while also being able to spell Beltre when needed.)
Billy (KC): Any concern that Wil Myers success
is due to playing at Avrest?? Should we be concerned about his elevated
strikeout rate? Thanks!!
Seems like a little prospect give and
take in action with Wil Myers. He's demonstrated in the past that he can
post elite BB/SO ratios, but at the expense of some power perhaps. Now
as the big leagues loom he realizes he must step up the power to profile
on an outfield corner. Not many young players can add that power
without sacrificing some contact. Watch for Myers to even the two
approaches in time. As to playing in NW Arkansas, which played as a
launching pad in 2010 when Hosmer and Moustakas enjoyed huge years in
Double-A, I wouldn't be overly concerned at this stage. Maybe Myers has
faced better pitchers on the road than he has at home or maybe he's just
bee feeling more mentally and physically able on days which the
Naturals have home games. It's only been 30 games.
Josh Meyer (Fort Dodge, IA): How high of a ceiling does Miguel Sano have?
Twins Low-A 3B Miguel Sano could be a
first-division regular at the hot corner. He's got all-star potential,
though he will have to address his strikeout rate (currently about 28%
of plate appearances) at some point as he moves up the ladder. That will
entail better pitch-recognition skills because we've seen what he can
do with fastballs.
Jason (Patterson): Now that Harper is in the bigs what prospect grade the highest on the 20-80 scale in terms of power?
I'd go Miguel Sano here. Through 100
games in the past two seasons he's hit 30 homers (66 extra-base hits
toal) and put up a crazy .345 isolated power.
Nick Castellanos (Lakeland): Hpw soon can I get a ticket to Erie?
At the earliest, look for a bump
following the FSL all-star game. No rush, though, because this is a
player the Tigers won't have to add to the 40-man until after the 2013
Jeff (Chesapeake, VA): What do you think Mason Williams' upside would be as a major leaguer?
In a perfect world Williams could be a
perennial all-star center fielder, and he's ahead of the pace set by the
last top Yankees center-field prospect, Austin Jackson. Don't expect
Williams before late 2015, but expect him to be at worst a solid regular
when he does arrive.
Dane (Florida): Do you see Matt Barnes being ranked as a top 100 prospects by the end of the year?
Oh yeah. The Red Sox believe Barnes is
improving feel for his changeup, and they like his professional attitude
and aggressive approach, and it's hard to find fault with their
assessment given his early performance in Class A.
Rich (Philly): Whats your take on Dom Brown's struggles?
Trust in the tools, but don't expect
miracles this season. He needs a season away from the spotlight, which
might include a Double-A refresher at this rate, but the Phillies (or
any team that trades for him) hold one more option year on him for 2013.
Josh Meyer (Fort Dodge, IA): Do you see Joe Benson eventually becoming a 30/30 guy?
In the Eastern League, maybe. I'm the
wrong person to ask for bullish opinions on Benson. High-strikeout
righty hitters without top-of-the-scale power give me serious pause
because there's only so many lefty pitchers to go around. A lot of these
guys end up in platoon or reserve roles (assuming we still have
"platoons" and "benches" once every team begins carrying 15-man pitching
Notmyopic (Oakley, CA): Jace Petersons personality is so magnetic he cannot carry credit cards.
Jace Peterson has real opportunity in the
Padres system. No one else in the system at present even remotely
resembles an everyday shortstop. He's off to a great start with Low-A
Fort Wayne, batting .315/.401/.460 through 32 games.
Ike (L.A.): Do you think Mike Trout can be a viable candidate for AL ROY as the season progresses? Or is it Yu's to lose?
Absolutely, he's viable as a ROY
candidate. Given his level of experience and talent, however, I think
the award is Darvish's to lose. Funny how the promotion of Bryce Harper
has obscured Trout's callup. Maybe that's a blessing in disguise (or
shrewd maneuvering by the Angels).
Michael (Tampa): Love the work you guys do
here. The Rays promoted Sale to the MWL, which is something they seem to
rarely do with extended spring training guys. Sale has really come out
hitting in the first week and has worked some nice ABs. Thoughts on him?
Thanks for the tip and the compliment.
That's really a talented team there in Bowling Green with Josh Sale,
Drew Vettleson, Ryan Brett, Tyler Goeddel, Jake Hager, Felipe Rivero, et
al. As to Sale, he simply needed to clean up his hitting mechanics,
particularly in the lower half, because the strength and bat speed
didn't desert him even though the performance in the Appy League last
year was terrible.
Muggsy (Minneapolis): Just a note that Sano
actually homered four times this week, including both ends of a double
header (looks like you missed one of those games). Not sure if that
would've been enough to boost him into your top 13 but his totals for
the week were 4hr's, 9rbi, .313/.352/.781. Also, I have to point out
that his ops for the week (1.133) is less than one hundred points higher
than his seasonal number.
Could you email more details about the doubleheader? I don't see it in our game logs or MiLB's.