Afternoon, everyone. What better way to end the week than by chatting prospects? Let's get to it.
Ben (Leland Grove): Had he logged in another inning of work, about where would Daniel Norris have fit in on the Hot Sheet?
Norris threw 4 no-hit innings for
Rookie-level Bluefield. Depending on how far he went, he could've gotten
into that 3-5 range certainly.
Mike (Orlando): Drew Pomeranz can be dominant at times but is his changeup good enough to profile him as an ace?
His changeup doesn't have to be great,
just good enough to keep hitters honest, and I think he can handle that.
He can be a No. 2 with that fastball and curveball, and while that may
not make him an "ace," it's still pretty darn good.
Jason (Walnut Creek, CA): Can you tell us more
about Daniel Straily? How hard does he throw and how does he get so
many Strikeouts? Does he have any Plus pitches?
Straily works in the low 90s and pounds
the strike zone. He doesn't have one pitch that blows you away, but his
fastball, change and slider are all quality pitches. He also has a
get-me-over curveball. Could see him as a No. 3-4 type starter.
Chris (NJ): What type of player can Matt Davidson be? How would you grade out his hit and power tools?
Quality big league offensive third
baseman. He won't win any Gold Gloves, but his hitting and power can be
at least big league average and can see them being above-average—
.280-.290 with 20 homers type of guy.
Sizzle (WMass): Does Kolten Wong get a cup of coffee this year? He can't be worse than the Cards' current 2B situation.
That wouldn't surprise me if he got a call, but my guess is he'll get some Triple-A time first.
Kevin (Toronto): When and where are we go to see Buxton and Correa playing?
Correa is already playing in the Gulf
Coast League (2-for-16 so far—
don't read anything into it). Buxton is
expected to join him there. We're holding out hope both will get to
play in the Appalachian League so we can see them in person at
Burlington, just about a half-hour drive from our offices here in
Josh (Salem, OR): With the new rules, are picks
in rounds 5 through 10 as strong of prospects as previous years, or are
they mainly good players with cheaper price tags to help pay for guys
taken in rounds 1-4?
Teams loaded up on players who'd be easier to sign (many college seniors) in those rounds, so the answer is generally no.
John (Canton,Mi): Hi Jim,
What's the upside on Bruce Rondon's talent?
Tons of arm strength. Can get it up to
triple-digits. His control has been much improved this year, as his 3.86
BB/9 rate is higher than you'd like but a vast improvement over his
whopping 7.65 from last year. Certainly could be a late-inning guy.
Bob (KC): Is Bubba Starling the next Bryce Harper? How long will it take him to reach the majors?
As exciting as Starling's tools are,
there's only one Bryce Harper. Starling will need time, at least three
full years in the minors.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Between Shelby Miller, Dellin Betances and Mike Montgomery, who do you remain the most optimistic about going forward?
Miller, for me. He's maintaining a robust
9.95 K/9 rate for Memphis, so he's showing he can miss bats at the
Triple-A level and he's only 21. Command needs to get better, but he's
shown good command at the lower levels, so I'm the most confident in his
chances of sorting things out among that group.
Jock Thompson (OC, CA): So why when I click the
Hot Sheet link am I still getting a half-chat from Matt Eddy from early
May, instead of this week's Hot Sheet list?
Looks like this is happening to a lot of
people. I had the same issue when we posted it as well, but the link
started working when I cleared my browser history for the previous hour.
I'm not a tech expert, but that worked for me. Trust me, the Hot Sheet
is there. Corcino No. 1, Drew Pomeranz No. 2.
Jim (BC): Is it more likely Jays fans get to
see Gose called up by Late July, September, or 2013? I'm assuming
Snider & Lind will get recalled first?
One of the impressive things about Gose is
he's been more impressive pretty much across the board in road games
compared to home games, where Vegas plays in a launching pad. I'll say
you'll see him in September ... and now that I've said that, watch the
Jays call him up next week. That's what usually happens when I try to
Harry (New Jersey): I'll do my best not to make this a clown question, bro. Do you believe Harper will be on the Final Ballot?
I'd bet he is.
Josh (KC): What is Wil Myers' ETA for the big
leagues? Once he does make it to KC, will they put him in center or on
the corner and try to move Francouer or Gordon?
His ETA could come by the time I finish
this chat. Maybe he'll just stick around after the Futures Game. It
could come any time. Would expect him to see most of his time in center,
but he could play any of the three OFs capably.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Which names are you most surprised missed out on the Futures rosters and why?
Seeing several questions in the queue
about guys not making the Futures Game. Without naming names, there were
some guys we would've loved to include, but we have to work within the
list of players the teams approve for the game. There are other
constraints as well, such as the need to represent every team.
Andy (Louisville, KY): Should we read anything
into the A's playing Grant Green back at Shortstop? Cliff Pennington
has really struggled with the bat, so perhaps they have finally given up
Actually, per A's correspondent Casey
Tefertiller, Oakland is going to start giving Green more time at third
base. He's played there three times in the last week. They don't think
there's enough in the arm for shortstop but hope he can develop the
quick release needed for third. I get the sense they're just waiting for
him to get comfortable somewhere, anywhere, defensively so they can get
his bat to Oakland, as his offensive numbers have picked up each month
Ken (Lakewood CA): SS Hanson (PIT) - does his glove hold him back or force a change of postion? He sure does seem to have the bat.
Arm strength is the biggest question. He has the athleticism, so second base is an option if shortstop doesn't work out.
Ruben (Austin, TX): Better prospect at 3B, Mike Olt or Miles Head ?
Olt. I like Head's bat (not as much as Olt's), but I'm not buying Head as a third baseman yet.
Itto (Aguadilla PR): What's your opinion on Cubs RHP Dillon Maples? What kind of tools does he have?
The Cubs gave Maples $2.5 million at the
deadline as their 14th round pick out of high school last year, and he's
expected to make his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League in
the near future. He's got two electric pitches in his fastball and
curveball, though scouts worry about some stiffness in his delivery.
High-ceiling guy, but obviously a long way from reaching it.
Jonathan M (Hyde Park, NY): I was wondering if
the Yankees has any minor league players because there has not been any
Yankee prospect mentioned on your Prospect Hot Sheet for almost a month?
I can assure you the Yankees still have
minor league players. Gary Sanchez was in contention this week, but his
having only 14 at-bats due to the the SAL all-star break kept him off.
He made those 14 at-bats count though: 8-for-14 with 2 homers.
The Bookie (Vegas): I am a gambling man... if you had to gamble who gets the call first: Hultzen or Bauer?
Even though Bauer won the race to Triple-A, my gut says Hultzen.
Tom (Minnesota): Wait. BA picks the players for the future game?
Should clarify. We have input in the
selections. We do not pick the players by ourselves. It's a
collaborative process with MLB.
Big ern. (LA): Can you give us the Roach
report? You never hear anything about Donn Roach, never on any hot
sheets but he has been nothing but dominant this year.
Matt Eddy put together a nice writeup on
Roach from the California-Carolina League all-star game earlier this
week. You can check it out on the Prospects Blog
. The Cliffs Notes
version is that Roach isn't overpowering but has been a groundball
machine and is working on improving his curveball.
esteban (miami): who would you rather have: hultzen or barnes? who has a higher potential?
It's close, and if in doubt, take the lefty, Hultzen.
Mike (Orlando): If Zach Cox continues to hit well can he play some games at 2B for the Cards?
Cox is a below-average runner and his
range and athleticism have been question marks at third base, so can't
see that translating to second. And as discussed earlier, the Cardinals
have Kolten Wong waiting in the wings (no pun intended) to take over at
That'll do it for me. Have a great
weekend, everybody, and try to stay in the shade if you're heading out
to some games. We'll be back for another prospects chat next Friday, see