Understand the bloom is off the rose a bit, but when you look at the odds minor leaguers face he's already accomplished more in the Major Leagues than what many people on this poll, or even some voted ahead of him, will.
Part of that stems from the fact that he's been around long enough for us to see his flaws. It's fun to project what the really young guys could possibly do, but at the same time they haven't been challenged enough for us to see them fight through some struggles, so we don't have many real negative images of them. The newest guys tend to have an advantage simply because we haven't seen the downside yet.
Chapman, Alonso, and Francisco have all had just as much or more experience as Valaika and acquitted themselves better.
Frazier, Cozart, and Mesoraco are perhaps slightly behind in terms of minor league experience, but even up at the AAA level.
Sappelt just had a great season and plays a demanding defensive position. Plus, he's younger and profiles at a higher level.
Valaika might have a beef later on in the poll, but, right now, he shouldn't say much.
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