Re: Who is Redszone's #2 prospect?
I went Hamilton.
Mesoraco scares me as a prospect. His year was phenomenal and I hope he continues to dominate at the minor and major league levels. But one year doesn't completely erase those really poor years before. I'll wait and see, at this point. (If he puts up similar numbers in AAA in 2011, he should become a top ten prospect in baseball and the Reds' catcher of the future.
Yorman makes me uneasy because he just doesn't walk all that much. I love his potential and saw a little different approach late in the year, but, as of now, I'm going with the ultra-athletic middle infielder.
Positionally, he's the most difficult thing to find in baseball-- a plus-hitting middle infielder with potential Gold Glove instincts. And that's before he fills out.
His pedigree is solid, considering the 2nd round pick. Not only that, he was widely considered the most athletic player in the draft and a diamond in the rough.
His production is ridiculous. He has a solid, solid obp and his bat is develeping into a possible league leader in BA and SBs. Not only that, he just learned to switch hit two years ago and has become a good one.
His ceiling is just a bit higher than Mesoraco's, too, IMO. At his best, Mes is an All Star. (Think Brian McCann.) At Hamilton's best, he's Jose Reyes, with Brandon Phillips' glove.
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