Re: Baseball America's Updated Reds Top 10
HRod and EE, really very different kind of players. First of all, Henry is listed at 5'10", 150 lbs. That is a badly outdated weight, but he is more of a Nick Punto type physical build where EE is listed at 6'2", 230 lbs. Edwin a more athletically gifted where Henry is just a hitting machine right now.
It will be interesting to see what role Henry evolves into. The main point I was making earlier that maybe I got away from a bit was then most of the guys who rank prospects like toolsy, athletic players and guys like Henry usually don't get a lot of attention because they would appear at face value to be somewhat limited (though again, players like this sometimes become better big leaguers than anyone expected). Henry is a short player with limited athleticsm, below average range, average speed, average arm at second base but will probably have to play third, below average instincts, WHO HAS KNOCKED THE COVER OFF THE BALL. Those kind don't get a lot of love from the prospect rankers.
Henry is an extremely confident player who believes he belongs in the big leagues and I would bet right now he is 100 percent sure that he could hit .300 in the big leagues today. Sappelt was the same way.
I have not been as big a fan of Henry as others but I am not blind to the fact that until he gets to a level where someone proves he can't keep hitting like he has, you give him the benefit of the doubt.
In terms of make-up, pretty much the polar opposite of a Frazier type. Frazier is a great "team first" guy who will find a way to beat you. Henry is going to have to let his bat carry him in terms of value. He will need a Latin mentor on the big league club when he gets there who will get on his case when he doesn't hustle or falls asleep on defense but he can be salvaged in those areas.