Originally Posted by mth123
Bumping to get some discussion going on Vidal. How soon will Vidal be ready? Is it possible he's a quick comer? Half a seaon in A+ and a half a season in AA followed by an AFL stint and ready to compete with Francisco and Frazier in 2013 (or at least in line at AAA if they should prove lacking). He's probably the best defender at 3B of the group and may be more rounded than the others.
As an 8th rounder who is only 22, I'm probably being too aggressive but just wondering.
I love the axiom of challenge thy hitters and coddle thy pitchers. Vidal will most likely rake in any stint at A+ because of how skewed to hitters the league is. Due to this and my belief that positional prospects should be advanced at a more rapid pace than pitching prospects, I would have no problem moving Vidal to AA after the All-Star break if he has a .850+ OPS in A+. I just don't think we are going to learn too much from typical statistics in the California league as we struggled with this in the Florida State League.
If Vidal mashes in A+ for a half year and AA for a half year, while still sporting a good glove, I would have no problem allowing him to compete with Francisco/Frazier for the full-time spot in 2013. Most likely, I will still want a veteran to compete for that spot as well since 2013 will still be in "our window" but if he tears up AA, I could see him as a big time prospect.
Vidal hasn't been around too long and has really flown under the radar since he was an 8th rounder. I personally have him at the tail end of my top-20, but I could see him skyrocketing up my personal board if he mashes in AA next year like I think he could.