Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)
Not that rankings matter, but you cannot tell me Henry Rodriguez (career .310/ .359/ .443/ .802) isn't one of the 120 best prospects in baseball. At 22, he's young for AA and has hit the ball for a very high average for two years now, all while switching positions to 3B. Speaking of his glove, it's been a net positive at his new position, where he shows arm strength enough to stick.
His power isn't all that great, but it's serviceable at around .450. His career obp is .360 and showing signs of major (BA-driven) improvement; the past two seasons have seen it in the .370 range. He's a lifetime .310 hitter, with his last two seasons bouncing up into the .340 range. He's even had two 30-steal seasons in a row.
On the list of top 120 prospects, Wilmer Flores' line is well below Rodriguez's, though, to be fair, he is about a year ahead on the progression through the minor league ladder. Kaleb Cowart's line is worse across the board (.284/ .346/ .444/ .791). Cowart is a couple year's younger, but has only recently moved up to one rung below Rodriguez.
Cheslor Cuthbert's line (.249/ .322/ .374/ .696) is apalling.
Jefry Marte's a 21 year old in AA that made the Honorable Mention list. His numbers (career .258/ .320/ .380/ .700)-- both career and season (.274/ .342/ .402/ .745)-- are well below Rodriguez's. Both play 3B. Matt Davidson, another Honorable Mention 3B, has the following line: .265/ .348/ .446/ .794. He's a year younger, but has no speed. Zach Cox has the line .291/ .346/ .425/ .771, is on the same path, years-wise, but also has no speed. Cody Asche's line, .264/ .318/ .344/ .662, is downright horrid, is the same age, and has no speed, but he's also in the honorable mention portion of the list.
Rodriguez will surprise people like Sickels, IMO. He'll out-produce at least half of these guys at the major league level, likely more than that.
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