Re: Who is Redszone's #4 prospect?
I chose Stubbs as well, but I was tempted to go with Thompson. The reason being is next to Stubbs (and maybe even more so than Stubbs), I think Thompson has proven more in the upper minors that anyone else has. That doesn't mean he's a better prospect than Stubbs or many of the other options, but he has PROVEN more. For me, I don't rank any of the kids high unless they're tearing it up in the low minors (like Soto for example who I did rate as #3). Some of the other prospect options are performing well in the lower minors, but not many are tearing it up the way Soto has.
I tend to give a bigger benefit of the doubt to those players who have proven more at a higher level than those who haven't. I know some rate more on potential, but not I. With that said, Thompson dominated AA this year, looked good in AAA and I went to his Yankee Stadium debut where he pitched an absolute gem in a packed house against a great lineup. The way that kid battled out of a bases loaded jam with no outs against the heart of the Yankee lineup at a critical point in the game showed a lot to me. He was brilliant. He didn't get lucky either...the kid can pitch. Now, I don't know if his injury history is going to have a big impact on his career or not, but if healthy, I think Thompson could be a very good pitcher.