Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Winker, despite being young for the league, was arguably its second-best hitter.
In attempting to find comps for his performance at such a young age, you're looking at 22-year-olds. In order to find comparably aged performers with the added pedigree of first-round draftee, you're down to one or two guys.
Were Dayton not so close (and so in need of a good team this year, as last season's team was bad), Winker would be my pick to move through A ball this season and perhaps end the season with a cup of coffee in AA. As is, I think he'll be the top performer in the Red system, as he has power, patience, and bat control.
Travieso was a project the day they drafted him.
No Red farmhand has his offensive potential. Not even Sliding Billy.
Winker, in a landslide.
Yorman has more offensive potential. Soto may. More likely to reach it? No, maybe not.
I am curious though, who were the comps you came up with? I went back through 1995 in the league and couldn't really find anyone who fit. The guys with the plate discipline had quite a bit more power at the time. There wasn't really a good one that I saw.