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  • Brad Boxberger

    14 12.61%
  • Zack Cozart

    47 42.34%
  • Danny Dorn

    2 1.80%
  • Juan Duran

    2 1.80%
  • Matt Fairel

    1 0.90%
  • Josh Fellhauer

    1 0.90%
  • Billy Hamilton

    2 1.80%
  • Donnie Joseph

    0 0%
  • Matt Klinker

    0 0%
  • Sam Lecure

    0 0%
  • Matt Maloney

    19 17.12%
  • Devin Mesoraco

    3 2.70%
  • Logan Ondrusek

    2 1.80%
  • Mark Serrano

    0 0%
  • Juan Silva

    1 0.90%
  • Jordan Smith

    0 0%
  • Neftali Soto

    10 9.01%
  • Juan Carlos Sulbaran

    3 2.70%
  • Chris Valaika

    4 3.60%
  • other - name him

    0 0%
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Thread: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Quote Originally Posted by mace View Post
    No doubt, Cozart's advantage is power. He also made major advances this year in plate discipline, according to his number of walks. But Rojas stands a fair chance of being a better for-average hitter (he makes great contact), and I suspect that it's way early to judge his power potential. I'm just not convinced that Cozart's chances of being a serviceable big-league hitter outstrip Rojas's by a significant amount. At this point--as I implied in the original post--I'm still leaning toward Cozart. I just think that Rojas is in the photo.
    Rojas has a better contact rate, but Cozart will out HR him by 10+ HR. That makes up a solid difference between the two's strikeout rates/BABIP fluctuation as far as the average goes. Add in that Cozart is going to walk even more the small difference they have in average won't matter because Cozart is going to be getting on base more and certainly slugging a lot more.
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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    I went with Cozart. I think it's really hard to understate the value of his improved plate approach last year. A plus defending SS with .350+ OBP potential and a bit of pop is a very valuable commodity. He's still pretty young, so if he can replicate last year's AA success in Louisville, he's likely our starting SS by the end of the year or starting in 2011.
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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Soto = Ed Encarnacion

    Matt Klinker and Matt Maloney are mirror images of each other as well. Where one has stuff, the other has a longer track record. (Too, we tend to discount those older prospects who can help but won't be anything more than adequate.)

    Any of the three would be a fine choice.
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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    I went for Cozart not because he's the best on the board but his value to the Reds is highest.

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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    I voted for Silva. He was the most pleasant surprise in the 2009 draft class. I like speed/power potential in CF. YR will no doubt repeat Billings. I think that gives Silva a shot at Dayton at age 19.

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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Cozart. The most likely minor league position player to actually hold down an every day role in the major leagues IMO (except Alonso). Cozart was part of the second tier behind Alonso and Leake and he's the last one of that group (with Frazier, Francisco, Heisey and Yorman) on the board. After this, it gets real muddy IMO.
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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Cozart, though I'm tempted by Boxberger. Don't see it as quite so muddy yet. Boxberger, then Maloney, after that pretty muddy.

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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Maloney. Everyone else on the list has to take a signficant step forward to be as good as Matt is right now. Some of them will, of course, but you can't predict which ones are actually going to take that step.
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    Re: Who is Redszone's #8 prospect?

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Maloney. Everyone else on the list has to take a signficant step forward to be as good as Matt is right now. Some of them will, of course, but you can't predict which ones are actually going to take that step.
    I think I disagree with this. Matt Klinker didn't spend as long at AAA, but he is at AAA and had success there this season. He also has better stuff. He doesn't have to make a significant step forward to be as good as Maloney.


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