Prospect Notes From Phoenix

Baseball America columnist Jerry Crasnick checks in with a few reports on prospects from spring training in Phoenix.

Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby, on new teammate Carlos Gonzalez:

"You watch him throw and take batting practice and you say, ‘This guy can play.’ I think 95 percent of the guys in the big leagues would take his swing."

Padres left fielder Chase Headley, on his approach to hitting:

"I think the strikeout is one of the most overrated stats in baseball,” Headley said. "It’s an out just like anything else. You can pretty much tell how I’m hitting by the counts. If somebody is on base, I’m trying to do some damage. But if there’s nobody on base, I like to see some pitches.”

A scout on Angels shortstop/third baseman Brandon Wood:

"He has one of those leveraged swings where fly balls go forever,” a scout said. "The bad thing is, the bat isn’t in the hitting zone for a very long time. But when he catches it, he hits it.”