And no, it's not like he is 18, but it's also Double-A where he's been one of the five youngest players there for his entire time in the league.
Again, I just don't understand how two months ago these weren't problems, but now they are unless you are basing it entirely on May 2014.
I'm not suggesting he's worthless or has no prospect value, but I don't believe he would be considered a top 5 prospect for any franchise in the game at this point.
Last edited by Benihana; 07-04-2014 at 05:17 PM.
Just looking at 2013, there were at least 7 guys who had higher OPS's who were 21 or younger in the Southern League (let alone the other AA leagues). As a reminder, Yorman turns 22 next month.
and our old friend Ronald Torreyes
That is - better OPS than Yorman both last year AND this year. In the same league. So it's not as if he is some unbelievable wunderkind that is tackling a league that's never been tackled before. Again, some of the guys above ARE top prospects. Yorman is certainly not. But don't misinterpret that message for me saying he can't be, or he has no value- he is just not a top prospect at this time. Won't appear on any Top 100 lists at midseason, and maybe not even any Top 200 lists. Hence his C/C- grade.
Last edited by Benihana; 07-04-2014 at 06:18 PM.
Christian Yelich - Top 10 prospect in baseball
Joc Pederson - Top 40 prospect in baseball
Arismendy Alcantara - Top 100 prospect in baseball
Christian Bethancourt - Top 100 prospect in baseball
Julio Morban - Better offense, much worse defense where he is projected to be a left fielder because of his below-average speed.
Ronald Torreyes - His size does his damage and there is no projection left with him really.
So the comparisons are all elite level prospects, a left fielder and a 5' 7" 140 pounder.
If you are saying that Rodriguez isn't a Top 100 guy, I will get on board. He's not right now. But you have him outside of the next 100 guys and that I just can't go with.
Again, I just can't grasp your reasoning. He sucked in May coming off of an oblique injury and has hit just fine in AA for the other nearly 500 PA he has spent there. At the start of May you thought just fine of him. After May he has completely dropped up to a full letter grade for you despite rebounding in June from May when he was clearly not right coming off of the injury. It simply doesn't add up.
I'm done with it though. Your reasoning doesn't add up to me at all. Trying to understand it further is pointless.
One other thing to keep an eye on - Tanner Rahier could be as high as #7 on this list by the end of the year.
20 year old 3B with very strong defense, good power, and hitting over .300 in Dayton? Yes please.
On the flip side, I'm almost ready to close the book on Gabriel Rosa- which is sad considering he just turned 21. The guy simply can't hit a lick.
Last edited by Benihana; 07-04-2014 at 10:16 PM.
I'm with Benihana on this one. He was ranked a certain way because there was an expectation that he'd improve upon his prior seasons' performance in AA. Perhaps even break out a little bit. Even if you take away May, he's right back to OPSing a touch above .700.
If he ends the season with an OPS of .700 (because May brings the overall numbers down), is that not the type of performance that should knock him down a bit?
Or was he ranked 3rd with the expectation he'd put up poor to mediocre numbers again because of his age?
I'd love to know the organizations plan on what they'd like to do with all these starting pitching prospects and the guys already with the big club.
Bailey (LTC). Cueto. Latos. Leake. Simon. Cingrani. Stephenson. Lorenzen. Moscot. Lively. Howard. Traveiso.
In 3 years, who do you forsee being the 5-man staff??? Granted most of the prospects probably won't pan out...but that is a deep list of both proven and prospective starters.
I know they are not prospects anymore but what happened to Partch and Nick C in the last month?
Getting hit all over the place. Walking more than striking hitters out. I mean they are terrible right now.
It is good the organization is looking for starters wherever possible but how about some MR to help out as well instead of relying
on one hit wonders (Parra) or barely average (Ondrusek)
Neal starting over Lutz at 1B makes no sense. At least Lutz is starting but he should be at 1B and not taking AB's away from Selsky, which is really what Neal is doing.
Navarro is hitting very well in AAA....is he an option over Santiago?
I do like Tanner a lot as well and even though SMB is not hitting a lot in AA, he has 11 walks and only 4 K's going into tonight.
Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!