Re: Reds Top Prospects - August 2011 Edition
A few thoughts:
-I'd keep Gullion in the "too soon to tell" category. His command may be lacking so far, but he's young and has seen limited playing time. Unlike raw position prospects, raw pitching prospects can be prone to wildly inflated negative statistics during their erratic spells, especially international signings. What's more, he's far from home and in a hitter's league in Billings. I'd give him more time to adjust before passing judgement.
-I can't value Sappelt more than Stubbs at this point. As frustrating as Stubbs can be, putting up the offensive production that he has combined with his stealing ability, power, and incredible defensive range. If Sappelt builds up more arm strength and refines his baserunning technique, he could surpass Stubbs. At the same time, I wouldn't call him a Heisey. Sappelt's hit tool is enough to ensure him a starting spot on somebody's roster, if not ours, and he's shown himself to be a regular starter.
-All the C prospects except Boxberger and Torreyes look nearly identical; raw, young, and toolsy. I have enough faith in Torreyes to place him right behind Sappelt at this point; there's just too much performance for his age to discount due to height, especially at an MLB position as thin as 2B.