Re: Red Sox untouchable prospects??
posted at 7/23/2011 1:22 AM EDT
Will Middlebrooks is having a breakout year at Double A, but here are this year's minor league stats for five thirdbase prospects born within 14 months of each other:
A. DOB 9-11-87, 362 PA, .266/.296/.415/.711
B. DOB 11-3-87, 359 PA, .336/.401/.495/.896
C. DOB 8-14-88, 431 PA, .261/.338/.503/.841
D. DOB 9-9-88, 309 PA, .311/.356/.549/.905
E. DOB 10-31-88, 367 PA, .351/.415/.583/.998
A. Brandon Laird, Yankee organization
B. Kyle Seager, Mariner organization
C. Alex Liddi, Mariner organization
D. Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox organization
E. Vincent Catricala, Mariner organization
Perhaps Middlebrooks' closest statistical comp is Catricala, who inflated his numbers in the hitter-friendly California League before maintaining those numbers in the less friendly Double A Southern League:http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=3B&sid=t104&t=p_pbp&pid=502775
Seager posted most of his 2011 minor league numbers in the Double A Southern League before moving on to Triple A and a brief MLB call-up:http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=3B&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=572122
Middlebrooks is a bright prospect, but is he untouchable?