Since the class of 09 is now filtering into the system, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to take stock of the organization by position. Inasmuch as shortstop is the position that seems to attract the most concern and is also the one that has received the most help the last couple weeks, I thought I'd start with it.
I'll also do one for catcher. After that, if anyone wants to take a position and present it in a similar form, have at it.
AAA Louisville: Chris Valaika, 23 . . . strong hitter, fair fielder
AA Carolina: Zack Cozart, 23 . . . excellent fielder, surprising hitter
High-A Sarasota: Shane Carlson, 22 . . . unknown quantity
Low A: Miguel Rojas, 20 . . . excellent fielder, light but improving hitter
Rookie Billings: Mariekson Gregorius, 19 . . . promising hitter, unknown as fielder
Rookie GCL: Billy Hamilton, 18 . . . exciting offensive potential, raw fielder
Rookie DSL: Junior Arias, 17 . . . high ceiling as hitter, fielder
Pre-Rookie: Humberto Valor, 16 . . . smooth fielder, ostensibly skilled hitter
Estimated offensive rank at maturity
Estimated defensive rank at maturity
Comments: Did you know that Zack Cozart is two days older than Chris Valaika? Both will be 24 in August . . . Hey, this is mostly guesswork. For all I know, Shane Carlson could be the next Honus Wagner . . . And how do you compare a 16-year-old with a 23-year-old? . . . But the moral of the story is, there’s quite a bit of potential at this position, in spite of the fact that it’s been described as an organizational trouble spot.