Re: Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce make Milb.com Top 10 list
It's not accurate to do a straight comp of numbers without considering age and level. Votto's 2006 was impressive, and I think he should have been Top 50. But Barton was playing in Triple-A, a level higher than Votto, and is nearly two full years younger. That's a huge difference in terms of assessing where prospects are and what their upsides are.
As for Saltalamacchia, he's a catcher. He doesn't have to hit as well to be as valuable, relatively speaking. But he had a rough year and is probably only there because of the reputation he established the year before, when he put up a .913 OPS in one of the more extreme pitcher's parks in baseball.
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