Originally Posted by The DARK
Pitchers in Bakersfield may not look good on the stat line, but scouts aren't ignorant enough to mistake that for a failure. JC Sulbaran has appeared higher on many professional scouts' lists than our own, and he had a 4.60 ERA. It's not like the staff there are the dregs either... they think enough of it to make Ken Griffey the manager.
Putting Lutz in AA seems reasonable to me, however. He needs to be challenged and fast-tracked if people are going to start taking him seriously as a prospect, and he could be the premier hitter and most recognizable name on the Pensacola team if all goes well.
No question Lutz needs to speed up now. I have no problem bumping hitters up a level. I think Pensacola is looking pretty promising prospect wise. They should have H-Rod and Gregorious in the middle IF with Lamarre in CF and Mark Fleury and Kevin Coffington begind the plate. That's a pretty strong up the middle. They would have Sulbaran, Crabbe and Villareal in the rotation with Hotchkiss, Fairel and Ravin. The bullpen would have Shunick, Joseph, Thurman, Freeman and Manno. The weak areas are power and the corner spots. Lutz at 1B could address both of those areas. I'm not as high on Puckett and Fellhauer as most are and know little of Travis Mattair. But that's how I see it starting out (could easily be off though). I'd guess at some point guys like Vidal, Hunt and maybe Duran might make their way to AA in 2012 to add some pop on he corners.