Re: Who is Redszone's #18 prospect?
Originally Posted by The DARK
The 30-35 was before the trade, so he's moved up since then, into the high 20s. I respect the difficulty of the level, but there are just so many guys in the system competing with him right now, like Vidal, Lutz, Wright, Buckley, LaMarre, Crabbe, Waldrop and Phipps, all of whom I have above Sulbaran.
I compare Sulbaran to Crabbe; plus fastball and a plus secondary pitch, with a third as a work in progress. Both have great peripherals and K/BB rates, and struggle with inconsistency. The difference is that Crabbe put up better numbers than Sulbaran at the same level and the year before, and supposedly has better intangibles (though is a year or two older).
I'm on a similar page with Sulbaran vs. Crabbe. I think the two are very close and I have them as my two highest rated guys left. I have Crabbe a shade higher for the reasons you mentioned, but really wouldn't quibble with either one over the other. Given the now thin state of the Reds starting pitching depth, I hope both of these guys find that third pitch, get off to a fast start at AA and get themselves promoted to AAA and in line for a look if need be in the second half of 2012. That's probably a pipedream and 2014 might be more realistic (or they end up in the pen if that 3rd pitch never develops).
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