Re: Who's the Reds' top 3B prospect?
Originally Posted by dougdirt
I like both guys, but don't really love either of them.
Vidal can play there defensively, I have no questions about that. He has some pop in his bat, probably could be a 20 HR guy at the Major League level. I am just not entirely sold on his bat translating fully. I want to see some more against higher levels of competition.
With Rodriguez, I think his bat could play there, although in an unconventional manner. I think he could be more like a .300/.350/.425 hitter at third base with say 10-15 home runs. His defense isn't as good as that of Vidal, though I haven't seen anything from him this year that suggests he would hurt you there either. My main concern is that he isn't a prototypical 3B and that could lead to him being pigeonholed as a utility guy because of it.
Either way though, they aren't the types of guys that should stop you from looking for an upgrade at the position.
Those descriptions sound like Kevin Kouzmanoff and Martin Prado to me -- upside of course.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.