Re: Keep aneye on Mookie Betts
posted at 1/20/2014 12:34 PM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
Pardon me, but I have a habit of comparing a Red Sox prospect with a a Seattle Mariner prospect when I see similar numbers*. For Mookie Betts, I compared his minor league numbers with those of Seattle prospect Chris Taylor, another middle infielder:
MB 847 PA, .298/.395/.437/.831, 59 SB, 8 CS
CT 837 PA, .316/.411/.449/.860, 55 SB, 11 CS
Betts was taken in the fifth round of the 2011 draft while Taylor was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. Interestingly, Taylor was considered a glove-first shortstop and was described on Draft Day as a "poor man's Deven Marrero," the shortstop the Red Sox drafted in the first round that year.
The big difference is that Betts is two years younger than Taylor, who played three years of college baseball at the University of Virginia. Taylor's numbers came at slightly higher minor league levels, but many came in leagues considered friendly to hitters.
Among prospects in the Seattle organization, Taylor is ranked seventh by Baseball Prospectus, fifth by MLB.com and ninth by FanGraphs. Baseball America will release its Mariner rankings next week.
another thing that I think separates them besides Betts putting up similar numbers at a younger age is the power, Betts really seemed to turn on his power this year slugging .506. The OBP is effectively the same the avg was EXACTLY the same this year.
if you go by MLb grades too it seems that they think Betts has a solid hit tool and power.
Also Mookie Betts grades at first glance would put him ahead of Odor and Wong. The explanation was that those other two guys were closer to the majors. Jim Calis said earlier today that he personally had Betts as the #1 2nd base prospect in the minors.