Choo got it, dude.
I am really starting to feel like I have something against Billy Hamilton because of how often I say that he is the most overrated prospect in baseball, but I really do think he is a good prospect, yet feel he is the most overrated prospect in the game.
I get that his speed is incredibly elite. Heck, he might be the fastest player in baseball. But he isn't THAT much faster than a guy like Michael Bourn or Drew Stubbs. The rest of his tools are still incredibly raw and he isn't a five tool guy. His hit tool and power tool are both likely to be below average. The only thing that might save that hit tool is the fact that he is so fast he can leg out infield hits.
Defensive first players who are in A-ball aren't Top 100 prospects to me, much less Top 50. His tools get him inside the Top 200 for now.
I wonder how close Corcino and Stephenson were to making their list.
I can't imagine there is that huge of a gap between Hamilton and those two. Personally, I'd put all three of them in the 75-100 range.
If Hamilton can prove he sticks at SS and OPS over .750 this year in California, then he becomes a Top 35 guy in my mind.
Otherwise I have visions of guys like Carlos Trunfiel, Antonio Perez, Chin-lung Hu, and even Felix Pie and Fernando Martinez holding me back from ranking him that highly. That said, he's still easily in the top 100 on my list.
Last edited by Benihana; 01-26-2012 at 02:55 PM.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
Am I crazy? I just see a player who looks like he has only a decent chance of reaching his full potential, and that even then his full potential is pretty limited. IMO the Reds should have traded him yesterday.
I cannot get over how all the baseball media elite (heh... i went there) completely ignore JC Sulbaran.
6 guys in the CAL league had 150+ K's Sulbaran did it in the fewest starts and fewest IP. Of those 6 he gave up the third fewest runs and ER, and he did this in probably the smallest park in the league.
I'm frothing at the mouth to see what he can do this year at AA.
Suck it up cupcake.
I have no idea who Mr. Rentschler is, but he has Sulbaran one spot ahead of Corcino.
Choo got it, dude.
I saw Jake Marisnick (No. 58) in Dayton last year. I'm not sure what the "it" factor is, but he's got "it". In warm ups, at the plate, chewing bubble gum. He looked like a big league prospect.
I think the first half of the MLB.com list looks pretty standard. The second half gets a little wonky. I think it is due to their foolish method of polling scouts for their top 50 lists, then assigning a point value to each prospect, then taking the top 100. That method would be acceptable if they asked each scout for their top 100. They shouldn't make a top 100 list assembled from top 50 lists.
In my opinion the list is fairly conservative. No really gutsy predictions. Nothing much new. The Yankee and Red Sox prospects are often ranked a little too highly, as are several guys that were top draft picks but have flopped in the minors.
Manny Banuelos, Mike Olt, Francisco Lindor, Andrelton Simmons, Bryce Brentz, Nathan Eovaldi , Chris Archer, Wily Peralta, Tim Beckham and Alex Meyer are good prospects but are ranked too highly here.
The only guys I would quibble with as being ranked way too low are Anthony Rendon and Oscar Tavares (who wasn't ranked at all but should be top 50).