Re: How about Giancarlo Stanton in the Red Sox OF?
posted at 11/23/2013 3:05 PM EST
In response to jasko2248's comment:
I know stranger things have happened, but I don't see it happening at all. The Marlins would likely insist on Bogaerts, and the Sox wouldn't consider that deal straight up. Despite the obvious talent with Stanton, he does have some question marks which have been beat to death on this board, and I don't think the Sox would deplete farm for an outfielder at this point.
And the Marlins would not consider a straight-up trade of Giancarlo Stanton for Xander Bogaerts.
Being a Seattle fan, I naturally avoid assigning the can't-miss label to a prospect.
For that reason, I have avoided giving the can't-miss label to Seattle righthander Taijuan Walker, the pitching equivalent of Xander Bogaerts in terms of prospect stature.
Bogaerts and Walker were born seven weeks apart in 1992.
In the 2013 preseason prospect rankings, Baseball America ranked Bogaerts No. 8 and Walker No. 18 while MLB.com Prospect Watch ranked Bogaerts No. 20 and Walker No. 5.
Bogaerts made his MLB debut on August 20, 2013, and the rest of the season posted at WAR of 0.2, according to FanGraphs, or 0.3, according to Baseball Reference.
Walker made his MLB debut on August 30, 2013, and the rest of the season posted a WAR of 0.5, according to FanGraphs, or 0.1, according to Baseball Reference.
Following the 2013 season, MLB.com Prospect Watch ranked Bogaerts No. 6 and Walker No. 4 while John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked Bogaerts No. 2 and Walker No. 4.
I hope Bogaerts and Walker have long, successful MLB careers, but I don't consider either can't-miss at this point.