Happy Friday, everyone. Thanks for stopping in for the latest Hot Sheet Chat. Let's get to it.
Ken (Raleigh, NC): Barring a injury rehab
assignment, do you see the Nationals sending Bryce Harper back to the
minors in the foreseeable future or is he there to stay for good and is
Anthony Rendon, with his injury history, the answer at second for the
I do think Harper's up for good. As for
Rendon, we'll have to see how he bounces back from his latest lower body
injury, a fractured left ankle. He had the tools to get a shot at
second base, but you have to wonder about the toll these injuries will
Ben (Leland Grove): Is Cody Buckel physically
maxed out, or is there still room for more projection? Does he have more
command than his friend Trevor Bauer?
I wouldn't expect Buckel to get much more
physical. He has to get everything out of his body that he can—and he
knows it and embraces it. You always wonder a little bit about how well
he'll be able to repeat that delivery, but it hasn't been an issue so
far, and Buckel has advanced pitchability.
Jordan (Dallas, TX): Two of the more intriguing
bats in the draft last year (in my opinion) were Daniel Vogelbach and
Brandon Nimmo. Any idea on when we might see them in game action this
Expect them to make their 2012 debuts when the short-season leagues get underway in June.
Mick (Cali): Are the Royals speeding up Myer's ETA by playing him at 3rd, and where and when do you see him making his ML debut?
I'd still expect him to make his debut in
the outfield sometime this year if he keeps up his production in
Triple-A. Third base is an experiemnt and if it doesn't work, you can
always put him back in the outfield.
Erik R (Jackson, NJ): What exactly has happened to Michael Choice?
Even though Choice has just three homers
in Double-A after hitting 30 in the Cal League last year, I don't doubt
the power is still in there. The A's have tried to simplify his swing a
bit—he had some moving parts coming out of college. He's also making
more contact and cutting down his strikeouts, but he may not be looking
to drive balls as frequently and has to find that happy medium.
Ben (Miamisburg, OH): How has Donnald Lutz with
his crazy numbers so far (on pace for 40 HR and 90+ extra base hits)
not even get a mention in any prospect hot sheets yet?
You might see Lutz, a first baseman with
the Reds' high Class A Bakersfield squad, in a Man Among Boys section
one of these days, but I wouldn't expect much more than that when we're
talking about a 23-year-old in the Cal League.
Erik R (Jackon, NJ): Which of these A's
prospects is more likely to straighten out and become a legitimate
prospect again, Rashun Dixon, Ian Krol, or Max Stassi?
I have the most faith in Stassi of that
group, but all the injuries have really stalled his development. The
feel for hitting is there with him; we'll have to see how much power he
ends up developing.
Joe (Phila. Pa): I was wondering how good do
you think the Phillies top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle will be? Do
you think he is a future number 1 or 2 starter?
I'd say a No. 2 is his ceiling, with a No. 3 being a more realistic expectation.
dan (nky): where is miguel sano most likely to end up defensively?
He's got the arm to stick at third, and
the Twins will let him stay there as long as possible until he proves he
can't make it. A move to first base or an outfield corner is possible
depending on how his body develops and what kind of speed he can
maintain (it's fringy now). The good news is he has the power bat to
carry him anywhere.
Kyle (Phoenix): About how far from Phoenix is Matt Davidson? Would you give him a cup of coffee in September?
Had Ryan Roberts not starting picking
things up in May, I expect the drumbeat for a Davidson callup would be
getting pretty loud by now. Even so, Davidson should get his first look
at the majors this year, no later than September. He's improved his walk
and strikeout rates (dramatically in the case of walks) while still
showing power. That's pretty loud.
Ben (Miamisburg, OH): Can a reliever make the
hot sheet? Reds AA LHP Donnie Joseph has dominated the Southern League
with a 0.45 ERA and striking out over 12 per 9 inning.
It's very, very rare for a reliever to
make it since they generally won't pitch enough innings in a week to get
the same consideration starters do ... along with the fact that the
vast majority of the top pitching prospects are starters.
Henry (Dallas): What are your thoughts on Hak-Ju Lee performance so far in AA?
Do you still feel he is a above average prospect and future SS for Tampa
Lee's game is predicated on speed and his
contact rate has been solid enough that I'd expect his numbers to pick
up. Not going to write him off after a tough couple month in Double-A
when he's still pretty young for the level at 21.
Adam (NYC): Is den Dekker a future solid regular to you, or more of a 4th OF?
Fourth OF is probably the safe bet, but
with the numbers he's putting up in Double-A (.305/.363/.543 so far),
we'll have to reconsider that projection if he sustains it. He has the
range to be big league center fielder, how much he'll hit has been the
Brett (Altoona): Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are both putting together respectful numbers. When do you see them going to AA?
I'd expect Cole to get there first,
probably in the not too distant future if he keeps up what he's been
doing in the last couple weeks.
Kolten Wong (St Louis): How do I compare to Jason Kipnis?
Similar statures. Both are lefty swingers.
Tools-wise, Kipnis probably has a little more power in his bat while
Wong has a stronger throwing arm, though that's less of a distinction at
second base. Both are advanced hitters, which is what their teams
John (philadelphia): Is Cody Asche (Clearwater) a legitimate prospect? If so, can he stick at 3rd?
There's something there. Asche was the
Phillies' fourth-rounder last year out of Nebraska on the strength of
his power and mature approach. He hasn't hit for much power so far in
Clearwater (just two homers), though the FSL is a tough place to do it.
There are doubts about whether he can stick at third. His arm is enough
to get by, but his actions at the position raise questions.
Scott S (Saint Louis, Missouri): Was any
consideration given to Corey Brown (Nationals)? Yes, I know he is on the
old side to be considered a prospect. Any chance he gets to the majors?
The 26-year-old Brown is having a nice
year so far for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .286/.402/.500 with seven
homers, which easily outstrips his production at the Triple-A level in
past years. He's always had tools, chiefly power. Encouragingly, he's
cut down on his strikeouts this year, which has always been the biggest
red flag for him. On the down side, he's still struggling to hit lefty
pitchers (5-for-26), another problem for him historically. Nonetheless,
I'd expect him to get a chance in Washington if the injuries keep piling
up, though he'd have to be added to the 40-man first.
Archie Bradley (South Bend, IN): Indiana is
nice... but I want to get out to California for the summer... Can you
give me a time table of when I will get moved to Visalia? Thanks
Trying to predict when players will get
promoted is risky (teams don't tell us these things), but the best
answer I can give is it could happen any time after midseason. As we all
know, the Diamondbacks have enough pitching prospects ahead of him that
there's no need to rush Bradley, and letting him spend half or even a
full season in low Class A won't put him behind schedule.
Brian (Minneapolis): Does Matt Barnes project as a top or back of the rotation starter?
Closer to the top. He can be at least a No. 3 starter and possibly more depending on how well he maintains his secondary stuff.
JoeyO (Reseda, Ca): What are your thoughts about Miles Head?He is really off to a great start in Cal league. Do you see him in double A soon?
Head has the bat to take him to the
majors, which it'll have to. Even if you take the Cal League as a
mitigating factor in his power production (eight homers in 37 games),
we've known the power was in there, he's just got a mature approach that
doesn't always tap into it. He's another guy we could see get a bump
Time to call it a day. Have a great weekend and we'll see you back here next Friday for another Hot Sheet chat.