Originally Posted by mth123
My Current top dozen might be a little different than most. (Are any of these guys higher than C+ though?)
1. Lutz (My style - Power with Average, but the fairly low walks and position are worrisome. I like that he's a lefty and may be able to provide production on the good side of a platoon)
2. Hamilton (Not really my style of player and I'm generally a skeptic that high SB guys in the low minors will ever amount to much in the big leagues, but he's hitting so its hard to stray too far from the "experts" here.)
6. Stephenson (on faith, there is a gap after the top 5 IMO)
7. Sulbaran (could be on the rise)
8. Gregorious (again, w/o the "experts" he wouldn't make the list. His lefty bat is a help.)
9. Lamarre (Sleeper? Needs more pop IMO)
10. Joseph (most likely to help this year)
11. Bryson Smith (I'd like more info on him)
12. Chad Rogers (him too)
Still a skeptic on Lotzkar's health. If he holds up over the season, he may move to the top. Radhames Quezada and Justice French are a couple of arms I considered. Also considered Cody Puckett but I'm just not sure about him or whether he'll ever play a position at a major league level. I have an inkling that he may wind up going the Danny Dorn route. Have Gregorious lower than most because of the lack of extra base power. At this point he looks like another minor league glove who can't hit much. Guys dropping like a rock include Neftali Soto, Denis Phipps and Tucker Barnhart whose lack of production in such a hitter's haven is pretty alarming. Guys like Rosa and Garrett may give this list a bump when we see them play.
I actually don't think you and I are all that far apart. You're obviously a little higher on Lutz and lower on DiDi, but I can see the argument for that. I'm not sure about Smith and Rogers, but again I won't argue over who deserves to be last on a top prospects list.
I do think Lutz's lack of positional flexibility could hurt him, in that he has to rake in order to get on the field. Obviously he has done so thus far, and if he continues to do so in AA he would clearly be a top 5 prospect to me. I would like to see him take more walks, as I don't want him to become the next Jeff Francouer.
I am also highly skeptical of speedy all-glove players, but I think Hamilton could and should be more Michael Bourn than Felix Pie. Ditto for DiDi hopefully not being another Gookie Dawkins, although I'm less sure about that one.
If Lotzkar can stay healthy, I do think he's as much of a pitching prospect as any arm in the system.