Friday, December 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Hatt - Second Base might be the most crowded position in the GAP, with a collection of prospects that would make Billy Beane drool. On Base Percentages are well over .400 and the collective OPS is known to sky past 1.000. Watch out in a couple years, as these guys fight for All-Star and Silver Slugger positioning, and look to power some very promising organizations.
I have to agree with hatt, this was the deepest of the bunch. Tough to really say who the best player is. May has the most power and Taylor is best at getting on base.
Highly regarded as one of the better prospects in all of the Great American Pastime going into Season 1, May has not disappointed. Working his way up the ladder in
Hitting: 1559G, 933R, 1672H, 351HR, 976RBI, 2-7 SB/CS, .281/.344/.513 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 2B - 1192G, 10263 innings, 13/28 +/-, .981 field%, 5.94 range
The “Bad Guys” first round pick in Season 2 has paid instant dividends, smacking the ball wherever he plays. Chicago is having a hard time deciding on a level for him, simply because wherever he lands, he just seems a little too talented to be there. This shouldn’t last too long as Jacome could very well see the big leagues by Season 4, especially if he keeps up his .338 minor league average.
Hitting: 1341G, 781R, 1506H, 106HR, 580RBI, 98-97 SB/CS, .283/.352/.400 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 2B - 623G, 5545 innings, 8/4 +/-, .989 field%, 5.73 range
The up and coming Dukes are probably the major’s biggest surprise this year, and their farm system isn’t too shabby either, especially with prospects like John Mahoney. This future all-star is one of the better line drive hitters in the minors, holding an impressive career average of .368 with 199 runs scored in 206 career games played. He’s still pretty raw, but given a couple years, Mahoney could become a solid leadoff man for a stacked
Hitting: 156G, 66R, 135H, 10HR, 45RBI, 0-0 SB/CS, .265/.314/.377Ave/OBP/Slg
They may be in the cellar of the AL East, but the people of
Hitting: 1271G, 881R, 1345H, 142HR, 582RBI, 171-104 SB/CS, .296/.396/.463 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 2B - 1198G, 9662 innings, 21/15 +/-, .983 field%, 5.89 range
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Amazing, that for such an easy position to find good hitters, that Hatt only hit on one good prospect. All the others were either decent (Norman) or just not good enough to stick at the ML level (Morales and Atkins). Bonilla is a HOFer though.
$12.3 million seemed outrageous for the first true international GAP prospect, but spending has increased over the first couple seasons, and it looks like right about where he would have landed for today. Bonilla was immediately thrown into the fire at AAA, and has flourished since day one. Al has been a terror at the plate, holding a career OPS of 1.127 and smacking 88 homers in only 221 career games. Season 3 looks to really be his breakout year, as he has already compiled a .385 avg with 18 HR and 48 RBI thus far.
Hitting: 1532G, 1007R, 1631H, 441HR, 1170RBI, 1-32 SB/CS, .285/.378/.575 Ave/OBP/Slg
Norman, a Season 1 first rounder out of Central City, IA, was one of Vancouver’s prized prospects for the first couple seasons, but ended up in Chicago during the Season 2 playoffs in a blockbuster deal.
Hitting: 954G, 573R, 1044H, 152HR, 615RBI, 70-55 SB/CS, .285/.348/.487
A steal as a 6th round pick in the Season 2 draft, Atkins has made the most of his time in the Padres system, blasting 37 HR and 145 RBI in only 109 career games. Atkins is still 2 or 3 years off from seeing the big club, but he should be an impressive cleanup hitter when his time comes.
Hitting: Played 30 games and hit .189. Thats all you need to know
Admittedly, Cubs management didn’t quite know what they were giving up when they traded Morales during the 2nd GAP playoffs. An early international prospect who was paid only a $2.1 million bonus, Morales has been nothing short of spectacular when given the opportunity. Through the same amount of games as Atkins, Morales holds a career average of .365 with 38 HR and 146 RBI. Even more impressive is his career OBP of .459 and OPS of 1.211. Oh yeah, he’s only 20 years old...
Played in 4 games in the big leagues.
I decided to take a look back at the Hatt prospect review section. Mostly just a comparison of stats.
Not much separation of the catching bunch so far other than number of games played. Juarez is the best hitter of the best and Baez has probably been the most reliable from a defensive and number of games he can play every year - though he is no Joe Mauer. Would love some comments.
(Hatt)One more year should be all it takes before “Macho” Camacho finally hits the big show. He has decent power for a gap hitter, but his real strength lies in his pitch calling. D-Back’s management has never seen a youngster call a game quite like Camacho, and that could be the edge
Hitting: 797G, 279R, 635H, 83HR, 314RBI, 0-4 SB/CS, .274/.332/.434 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 710G, 5320 innings, 52PB, 369SB - 69CS, .998 field%, 4.48ERA
You won’t find a better pure Catcher in the entire GAP than Baez.Comparisons to Joe Mauer might not even do him justice, as Baez has earned his nickname of “The Natural” in just a few short years. He’s only 20 years old, but could see the majors as soon as next year.
Hitting: 1422G, 636R, 1493H, 129HR, 588RBI, 0-3 SB/CS, .288/.349/.399 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 1405G, 11860 innings, 73PB, 634SB - 285CS, .997 field%, 4.39ERA
For a signal caller,
Hitting: 987G, 373R, 697H, 102HR, 397RBI, 1-4 SB/CS, .262/.346/.425 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 845G, 6011 innings, 57PB, 450SB - 113CS, .998 field%, 3.97ERA
Although he’s only played one game,
Hitting: 849G, 536R, 871H, 192HR, 557RBI, 0-3 SB/CS, .275/.380/.507 Ave/OBP/Slg
Fielding: 698G, 5952 innings, 50PB, 494SB - 120CS, .997 field%, 4.81ERA