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    Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    1. Todd Frazier, of/2b/3b
    2. Yonder Alonso, 1b
    3. Mike Leake, rhp
    4. Chris Heisey, of
    5. Juan Francisco, 3b
    6. Yorman Rodriguez, of
    7. Travis Wood, lhp
    8. Matt Maloney, lhp
    9. Brad Boxberger, rhp
    10. Zack Cozart, ss

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Best Tools:

    Best Hitter for Average: Yonder Alonso
    Best Power Hitter: Juan Francisco
    Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Yonder Alonso
    Fastest Baserunner: Theodis Bowe
    Best Athlete: Yorman Rodriguez
    Best Fastball: Brad Boxberger
    Best Curveball: Mike Leake
    Best Slider: Mark Serrano
    Best Changeup: Travis Wood
    Best Control: Matt Maloney
    Best Defensive Catcher: Chris McMurray
    Best Defensive Infielder: Miguel Rojas
    Best Infield Arm: Juan Francisco
    Best Defensive Outfielder: David Sappelt
    Best Outfield Arm: Yorman Rodriguez

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Frazier? Wow!

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Items I find interesting in all of that:

    1. That Frazier is listed as the top prospect but doesn't show up in the tools section. (Not surprising, just interesting.) Neither does Heisey.

    2. That Rojas gets the nod over Cozart as an infielder.

    3. That McMurray was singled out (for the first time I can recall).

    4. That Bowe is evidently faster than Billy Hamilton. (And Yorman a better athlete than Hamilton. Actually, I question that one.)

    5. That BA's list so closely resembles ours. No accident there, I don't suppose. We're an impressionable lot.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    And FWIW, I like their No. 1 a little better than ours. There's just more there there, it seems to me.

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    Seems about right. Frazier certainly had the better year and has more utility than Yonder. I dont know if Frazier is the longer term better player but at the moment hes the much safer bet I'd suggest.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Baseball America likes Frazier best as a third baseman, where they say he profiles as a solid hitter and defender. There's also a tidbit where David Bell says Frazier was more advanced than Bell's former teammate Jeff Kent at the same point in his transition to second base.

    All in all, it's a solid list, IMO.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Baseball America likes Frazier best as a third baseman, where they say he profiles as a solid hitter and defender. There's also a tidbit where David Bell says Frazier was more advanced than Bell's former teammate Jeff Kent at the same point in his transition to second base.

    All in all, it's a solid list, IMO.
    The only problem is that Kent seemed to really boost his stats once he got to SF. I don't see Frazier following that same path.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    you dont think Frazier stats will get bloated in GAB?

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    It's interesting, and somehow comforting, that Alonso was ousted. It adds a twist, a challenge. It shows he's still a little long in reputation and short in performance in some people's eyes. The kid could use some people to prove wrong.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    you dont think Frazier stats will get bloated in GAB?
    I don't think it was the park that helped out Kent.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    This is a good group, and remember it comes on the heels of the team graduating Votto, Bruce, Bailey, Cueto and Stubbs in the last 2 years. For all the griping that has gone on about the team's farm system in the last few years, I'd say there's little to complain about.

    Jocketty now faces the 2nd major challenge of his tenure (dispensing Griffey/Dunn was the 1st). How to sort through the bottleneck of young talent at 1B/3B/LF? If Frazier can develop into a 2B, while Phillips is dealt for a nice return, he's well on the way to doing well, IMO.

    A year or two from now the farm is likely to look relatively thin.
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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    A year or two from now the farm is likely to look relatively thin.
    I really don't know if that is true. We get two drafts until then and have some real strong up the middle guys between rookie ball and High A with these guys (off the top of my head):

    • Billy Hamilton
    • DD Gregorius
    • Miguel Rojas
    • Henry Rodriguez
    • Junior Arias
    • Devin Mesoraco
    • Kevin Coddington
    • Mark Fluery
    • Tucker Barnhart
    • Yorman Rodriguez
    • Alex Oliveras
    • Josh Fellhauer
    • Juan Silva


    That is an interesting group of guys who should all still be in the system who are just up the middle guys right now. It doesn't count any pitchers or corner players. I think it will be just fine in 2 years.

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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    I really don't know if that is true. We get two drafts until then and have some real strong up the middle guys between rookie ball and High A with these guys (off the top of my head):
    Billy Hamilton
    DD Gregorius
    Miguel Rojas
    Henry Rodriguez
    Junior Arias
    Devin Mesoraco
    Kevin Coddington
    Mark Fluery
    Tucker Barnhart
    Yorman Rodriguez
    Alex Oliveras
    Josh Fellhauer
    Juan Silva

    That is an interesting group of guys who should all still be in the system who are just up the middle guys right now. It doesn't count any pitchers or corner players. I think it will be just fine in 2 years.
    It will suffer by comparison to this group, that's all I'm saying.
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    Re: Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    It will suffer by comparison to this group, that's all I'm saying.
    I am just not sure it will. By that time Yorman Rodriguez will be a human tool shed at age 19 and probably in High A with several years of experience. They will also have two first round draft picks (or more depending on someone leaving) added to be near the top of the lists to add top end depth. I just have to disagree right now because the potential is there for those guys.


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