Re: Baseball America debuts Reds Top 10
2. Jay Bruce
Good - One of the best hitters in the minors. Slightly above average speed. He's a "Gamer"
Bad - Needs to work on plate discipline.
5. Drew Stubbs
Good - Dale Murphy-esq. Huge power, excellent speed & Gold Glove defense. Average arm
Bad - Can't really hit. Long Swing. Struggles to make contact & smart pitchers in rookie ball took advantage of him.
7. Sean Watson
Good - Has a plus fastball that can top 95 & a plus knuckle curve in the 85mph range.
Bad - Can't locate fastball. No change up & slider is below average.
8. Milton Loo
Good - Five tool potential. Hits for average and has potential for power. Plus speed with strong arm.
Bad - Can't stay healthy. Hasn't shown he can drive the ball w/ wood yet.
10. Chris Valaika
Good - Spray hitter. Bobby Crosby-esq. Gap power & strong arm.
Bad - Slow with limited range at SS. A future 2B. With Loo at SS at Dayton in 07, will probably skip ahead to Sarasota.
I don't know much about these players other than what I see on websites like this one or by looking at the stats. So I want to be clear that my comments are not about them nor am I deriding their ability.
I simply find it curious that BA continues to put players on their top ten list who have not played above low A. With the exception of players like Jay Bruce, who seem to be well ahead of their peers, it seems like BA would not want to make any more BJ Symanski mistakes.
Regardless of a player's ceiling coming out of college or highschool, it seems that it would be prudent to wait to see how these players perform when they get to a 142 game schedule, with higher caliber competition and greater expectations/pressure before labeling them as a top ten prospect. It really makes me wonder how BA, who by their own estimation have their finger on the pulse of baseball, actually creates these rankings. Do they really make them based on what the front office and real high level scouts tell them? Or do they say what will sell the most $62 website subscriptions
Last edited by Triples; 01-29-2007 at 12:07 PM.
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