Re: Prospect rankings season
posted at 1/8/2014 12:48 PM EST
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
My surprise pick for the top 10 is Alex Hassan. At 25 he may be ready to help out before Brentz, I like his defense and splits better.
I'm not sure I would put Alex Hassan as high as #10 but he has definitely surpassed Brentz (in my opinion) Brentz is like a Will Middlebrooks to me, except his ability to make contact may or may not be worse than Wills. And if that is the case then his power my never really translate to the MLB level like WMB's has. Hassan may not have the power, but he seems to have everything else, his defense has improved enough to play an adaquate LF, and although he doesn't have that prototypical power we like to see in corner outfielders he does have good contact, and on base skills. At the very least I think he could be a productive bench player and I think he gets to contribute to the team in some capacity this year.
I actually like Webster a lot, but I am starting to get a little low on him. I think his pure stuff is as good as almost anyone out there. If we went by raw stuff alone you could make the argument that he is the most talented pitcher in our organization, but he his ability to throw it all together has been slow. If he ever figures it out he could easily be a #2 pitcher which is why he is still likely on most peoples top 10 list. One thing to keep in mind with Webster is the fact that he is much younger to the art of pitching than his age suggests; due to the fact that he only started pitching in college. Perhaps this means he has more progress and the ability to make another leap forward....this year will be telling.
I think if we were to plug him into the rotation now, we would see something very similar to Dice-K. Good stuff with the ability to miss bats but horrible control that seems to limit his success every other start. So we would see dominate games followed by 2-3 inning failures. I'm hoping that worst case scenario with him is a very effective late inning reliever, which he could probably be with his fastball alone in short bursts.
I'm really high on Cecchini, I know the defense is so so and the power hasn't come yet but it seems like he has EVERYTHING else. If the power was there for him, I could see him being a top 10 prospect in all of baseball with his hit tool and on base skills....but that's just my opinion.
If the power comes and Garin turns out to be the hitter some think he may be Big Papi's job may be up for grabs if he struggles in the field.
The more and more I hear about Garin the less I think his power will come. I almost want to bite my tounge saying that because if his hit tool and on base skills are as good as advertised he could have the potential to be an elite middle of the order bat next to Xander.
From what I've heard, his swing does not fit the prototypical power hitters swing, the good thing is he stays in the zone but it doesn't create loft. Of course he could change his swing mechanics....but that could also have potential consequences on his overall plate approach.
One thing I heard on the Sox Podcast the other day when they had Jason Parks on there was that Garin eats a lot of fastballs just for the sake of working the count. Overall I consider that an asset, but you have to wonder if he could stand to be a bit more aggresive from time to time if he could increase his HR and 2B's numbers from just knowing when to turn on a pitch.
Ultimately I think the power comes....but it's not what some of us on here would like it to be. He's never hit more than 7 in a season but with his size and plate approach I can see him hitting HR's in the 12-15 zone with 30+ doubles power. For a guy that has the potential to walk a ton and hit .280 or ever .300 + thats really really good.