Paul (Fall River, MA): What is the ceiling on Joey Gallo?
The big time power is there to carry him
to the majors and profile at either corner, though scouts wonder about
how much he'll hit for average. He'll also face a likely move to first
base at some point due to concerns about his mobility.
Tex (Michigan): What is your view on Nolan Aronado .... still a blue chip prospect?
Not the best year for Arenado, but he's
still a quality prospect and he has held his own in Double-A. He's still
shown the ability to drive balls and get around on good fastballs, but
pitch recognition has been an issue, as has stringing together
Rick (San Francisco, CA): How close did Giants RHP Kyle Crick come to making this Week's list? He had a nice outing the other day.
Crick was on the fringe. His line was
solid: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 9 SO, 1 BB, but with that being his only
start of the week, it wasn't enough for him. Danny Hultzen was a similar
case, as he threw five no-hit innings, but that was also his only
outing of the week and this was a tough week to make the cut with so few
MJ (Chicago): Chris Yelich has had a great season. Just how good can this kid be?
One of the best prospects still in the
minors. Yelich can be a high-average hitter in the majors with a chance
for 20-homer power, and he'll be a solid defender in the outfield.
PF (Canada): What's the deal with Alex Castellano of the Dodgers ... numbers are big, but doesn't seem to get any love?
As far as this week goes, Castellanos was
just 3-for-19. You're right that he's had a huge year though, and he
deserves extra credit for being more productive on the road (.696 SLG)
than at the hitters' paradise in Albuquerque (.553). He's a solid
prospect with the bat and across the board, but none of his tools are
loud, despite his numbers this year.
Brett (Tracy, CA): Glad to see Kyle Jensen on
your list as I played little league and high school with him. What kind,
if any, of major career can you see him having?
It's been a tough year for Jensen, but at
least he's finishing strong with eight homers in August. Scouts had
worries coming into the year about his ability to square up quality
pitching, and those concerns have been borne out, so it's tough to see
him as an everyday guy in the majors.
Kim (Trenton): What is Xander Bogaerts
offensive ceiling? I am reading that he is athletic enough to stay at
short for a while as he is tall, but still only 180lbs and very
It's not unrealistic to think he can be a
.280 hitter with 20-plus homers, and his ceiling is likely higher than
that. He's really impressed with his easy approach and ability to take
balls to all fields.
Nick (Texas): Who do you consider the best of
these three prospects: 3B Nick Castellano (Detroit), SS Alen Hanson
(Pittsburgh) and Gregory Polanco (Pittsburgh. Thanks for your time.
As good as Hanson and Polanco have been, Castellanos is one of the elite offensive prospects in the minors.
peter white (Toronto): No honourable mention for Joc Pederson
Pederson was actually the last cut. He went .419/.419/.710 (13-for-31) on the week, but he just got squeezed out.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Who has better plate discipline between Trayce Thompson and Jared Mitchell?
I'd give Mitchell the edge, though making contact has been a problem for both. Mitchell has 166 whiffs, Thompson 152.
Dustin (Arizona): What are your thoughts on
Taylor Lindsey? What he did in Spring Training was impressive. Any
projects as to if/when he makes the big league team & if he stays at
I think Lindsey can stay at 2b. Just did a
story on him that should get posted next week. The main thing for him
to keep working on is turning double plays. I wouldn't expect him to get
to the majors next year. 2014 is more realistic. He won't hit for a lot
of power, but the hit tool is there.
Cole (St. Louis): Gary Brown has slowed of late. What are your thoughts on him as an everyday player in the big leagues?
I wouldn't read too much into other than
it's the end of a long season. Brown should fit as a leadoff-type
hitter, and his speed is still well above-average so he should have no
problems sticking in center field.
Michael (Chicago): Pretty surprised to not even see a team photo mention for Mile Foltynewicz, what kept him off?
It was tough to keep Folty off, as he
punched out 10 in six innings without allowing an earned run. The low
innings count was probably the biggest factor. I know I keep falling
back on that but it does weigh heavily when you're comparing a guy who
threw 10+ plus innings versus a guy who threw 5-6. That, and there were
just a lot of deserving candidates this week. Some weeks are like that.
John (Chicago): 21 yr old Aderlin Rodriguez hit
2 home runs last night, bringing him to 24 on the year. What kind of
power potential do you see there?
He's got plus power for sure, but there are questions about how much he'll be able to get to it at higher levels.
Mason (California): What kind of a player is
Mac Williamson? I see he is hitting a lot of HRs in the Northwest
League. Is he just a power hitter or are there some other tools
The power is definitely the selling point
with Williamson. It's legit. As for other tools, he runs well enough
that he played center field in college, but he's already moved to right
in pro ball, and scouts do have doubts about his ability to hit for
average against better pitching.
Jason (Austin): Do you think Taijuan Walker will repeat AA since the Mariners skipped him in HiA this year?
I can see repeating the level being a
realistic possibility, but it if it happens it shouldn't be seen as a
huge setback given Walker's age (just turned 20) and the fact that his
stuff has still impressed. His feel for pitching is what has to get
better, but that should come with experience.
Keith (Manchester, CT): Thanks Jim. Does J.O.
Berrios have the size to project as a front of the rotation guy, a 2 or
3, or is his ceiling lower than that?
I wouldn't worry about his size. While
Berrios isn't too tall (6-feet even), he's got a strong frame and
doesn't have trouble generating velocity. I can see his ceiling being
that of a No. 2, with mid-rotation being a safer expectation.
Geoff (Seattle): How much better is Nick Franklin than his .248/.312/.429 numbers at Triple-A Tacoma suggest?
He's definitely better, and certainly keep
in mind that he's playing in Triple-A as a 21-year-old. His approach
and bat speed impressed scouts in Double-A, and I'd expect he'll come
around as he gets used to Triple-A pitching.
Matt (Philly): What are current reports on Biddle's pitches and what is his upside at this point?
Biddle's velocity isn't overwhelming,
topping out in the low 90s, but he gets it to play up. His curve and
change both have the potential to be above-average, with the curve
rating higher right now.
Chris (Seattle): What kind of power will Zunino have during his peak years, 15-20 HR?
At his peak, more than that. Scouts who
watched Zunino in college felt he could have above-average power, so
that would give him a chance to hit 20 a year and sometimes more.
That'll have to do it for me. Sorry I
couldn't get to more questions, but I've got to get back to the phones
for League Top 20s. We'll see you back here next Friday for the last Hot
Sheet of the regular season.