Re: Who is Redszone's #5 prospect?
Funny to see the discussion go the way it has. I was not ready to give the younger prospects my vote off hand because it almost feels like plagiarism to me. "Everybody else is saying he's good so he must be" type of thing. What I'm saying is, I'm not so into it that I can gleen or even find scouting info. So, my bias is towards experience and numbers.
I give these veterans a lot of credit. They've lasted out, they're getting closer, the what if? is receding. Perhaps it isn't fair or practical, but I put those unable to buy some smokes in the dream category, not full prospects yet. The Reds and others do right by buying nice dreams like Yorman, but because the slate is clean, it is terribly easy to dream big. I imagine I'll find Yorman no higher than 7, no lower than 14 on my list. I guess I'm a slap hitter.
I took Maloney. Nobody talks about this guys guts. This guy works really hard. And if maintaining a 5:1 K:BB ratio and striking out 7.9 batters per 9 in AAA over 140 innings isn't squeezing every last drop of effort out of his chances, I don't know what is. I give him credit and see his ceiling being a innings eating #4 on a winning team. Perhaps the heir to Arroyo, if you want.
Give Wood one more year, even half a year like last, at AAA and he's probably ahead of Maloney, but for now Maloney's earned recognition.