Originally Posted by mdccclxix
I agree both players would struggle to find a starting job, even on the Astros, IMO. If I'm taking a power guy to fill the bench, I'd want a lefty bat though. Both players struggled in their promotions to a higher level, so we'll see who can adjust next year. For now, I'll go with BA and agree that Lutz is the best power hitting prospect, which probably considers more than batting practice power. I think that Rhinehart guy could get some mention for that even.
I think both guys have potential as a starting 1B on a bad team, a platoon guy on a mediocre team, or as a quality bench bat on a good team. The hope is that one of those bad or mediocre teams fall in love with Soto/Lutz and make the Reds a lucrative offer to acquire his services.
As far as which guy I want on the Reds bench? Neither. In the AL you might be able to get away with carrying a guy who only plays 1B on the bench, but with the Reds in the NL and the best hitter in baseball holding down 1B, there really isn't room for either guy on the Reds bench. Both of them are trade bait and nothing more.
In regards to the BA 'best power' assessment, that is only one guys opinion. I'm sure there are other scouts out there who will tell you Soto has better power. Also, we have no idea how close that scout perceived them to be. He might have rated Soto as dead-even with Lutz, but went with Lutz because he is perceived to have more room for improvement due to his relative inexperience. Either way, I don't put much stock in those 'best in the system' lists without hearing the scouts reasoning.