Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top Arizona League Hitting Prospects

My Top 10
Both Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant stopped in this league for short times. Bryant would be #1 and I'd put Gallo behind Frazier but they weren't around long enough to bump two guys off the list.

1. Clint Frazier, LF, Indians is a bad ass. He has curly red hair, a crooked smile and blitzkrieg in his bat. I love the guy. The ginger Mike Trout thing is bullshit but he is a hell of a talent.


2. Justin Williams, RF, Diamondbacks, reminds me of Jon Singleton, physically, and can really swing the bat. He has some bad habits but he also has huge raw power and the fact he succeeded as he did in his pro debut makes me feel good about the direction he is going. One other thing to note is that he is younger than some of the better prep prospects for the 2014 MLB Draft.

3. Franmil Reyes, RF, Padres is a guy I saw a few years ago at Wrigley Field but at that point he wasn't  a great prospect, he just looked like a huge 15 year old. This year, he started to hit and is facing much older competition. Maybe I'm jumpring on him too early and should wait until he succeeds more, but that is not what I do.




4. Tyler O'Neill, LF, Mariners is a tightly wound canadian spark plug in the mold of Brett Lawrie. He played left field in his pro debut, so that may help his bat move quickly, since he doesn't have to focus on defensive improvements as much.


5. Jairo Beras, RF, Cubs is a project. He could be a future 40 home run hitter or never get above A ball but either way it will be fun to see what happens.


6. Billy McKinney, OF, A's is a player I feel like I've seen before but I can't quite place it. His bat is strong, although he doesn't have the quickest bat. He is one of the safer prep hitters in this league, in my opinion.


7. Dustin Peterson, 3B, Padres get rave reviews for his shitting ability (wait, that's my two year old son), for his hitting ability. Many say he will be better than his old brother D.J.. I don't know if I'd go that far but the skills are there.

8. Christian Arroyo, SS, Giants showed why he was a first round pick. He did everything well in his pro debut. The only reason he isn't higher on the list is his lack of over the fence power and the fact I think he ends up at 2B.



9. Travis Demeritte, SS, Rangers won't stick at SS. He'll likely be a 2B or a 3B. He doesn't have the power to be a prototypical 3B but he'd be an excellent defender there. Maybe he becomes a fringy 3B but there is a chance he could be a solid MLB regular.


10. Kevin Franklin, 3B, Reds is a stiff swinging future OF, probably. Franklin is a power hitter with a strong swing as evidenced by his 15 doubles. He could grow into a future middle of the order hitter if he can cut down on his K's.



Other players I considered
Matt McPhearson, OF, Diamondbacks
Ryder Jones, OF, Giants
Jose Urena, RF, Padres
Jake Bauers, 1B, Padres
Mark Malave, 3B, Cubs
Clint Coulter, C, Brewers
Natanael Delgado, OF, Angels
Tucke Neuhaus, 3B, Brewers
Argy Raga, C, A's
Josh Henderson, OF, Dodgers
Theo Alexander, OF, Dodgers



GAPPER Scores and Ratings of players I consider prosepcts


Name Team Rating Points
Joey Gallo Rangers 18BPA 417.7
Jorge Bonifacio Royals 20BAA 315.1
Sergio Alcantara Diamondbacks 16BBA 262.4
Billy Mckinney Athletics 18BBA 196.7
Justin Williams Diamondbacks 17BBA 189.7
Samir Duenez Royals 17BBA 185.3
Franmil Reyes Padres 17BAA 185
Christian Arroyo Giants 18BAA 183.4
Yordi Calderon Mariners 19BAA 177.5
Fernery Ozuna Diamondbacks 17BBA 171.6
LeVon Washington Indians 21BAA 149.8
Francisco Mejia Indians 17BBA 137.2
Natanael Delgado Angels 17BAA 134
Jake Bauers Padres 17BBA 122.5
Josh Vanmeter Padres 18BBA 118.8
Jamie Westbrook Diamondbacks 18BAA 115.1
Franchy Cordero Padres 18BBA 113
Erick Mejia Mariners 18BBA 109.2
Carlos Belen Padres 17BAA 108.2
Isaiah Kiner-Falefa Rangers 18BBA 106.1
Amalani Fukofuka Royals 17BBA 95.9
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 17BBA 84.1
David Denson Brewers 17BBA 76.9
Johneshwy Fargas Giants 18BBA 69.1
Elvis Rubio Brewers 18BBA 69.1
Kris Bryant Cubs 21BAA 52
Aaron Shipman Athletics 21BBA 46.1
Wander Franco Royals 18BBA 42.8
Jose Urena Padres 18BAA 41.4
Travis Demeritte Rangers 18BBA 35.7
Eric Williams Brewers 18BBA 34.4
Alex Monsalve Indians 21BBA 31.5
Josh Henderson Dodgers 19BBA 24.5
Jairo Beras Rangers 17BBA 20
Tyler O'Neill Mariners 18BBA 19.8
Lachlan Fontaine Mariners 17BBA 9.5
Edwin Diaz Athletics 17BBA 6.7
Theo Alexander Dodgers 18BBA 6.4
Mark Malave Cubs 18BBA 5
Jorge Alfaro Rangers 20AAA 2.6




Dustin Peterson Padres 18BBA -1
Yairo Munoz Athletics 18BBA -5
Clint Frazier Indians 18BAA -10.6
Corey Simpson Mariners 19BBA -13
Clint Coulter Brewers 19BAA -15.3
Iolana Akau Athletics 17BBA -32
Drew Stiner Giants 20BBA -42
Silento Sayles Indians 18BBA -48.9
Matt Mcphearson Diamondbacks 18BBA -53.9
Ryder Jones Giants 19BBA -67.5
Tucker Neuhaus Brewers 18BBA -70.9
Argenis Raga Athletics 18BBA -75
Kevin Franklin Reds 18BBA -75.3
Tyler Alamo Cubs 18BBA -79
Tyler Dial Padres 21BBA -91
Brandon Dulin Royals 20BBA -127.3
Vicmal De La Cruz Athletics 19BBA -137
Phildrick Llewellyn Diamondbacks 19BBA -137.3
Lonnie Kauppila Mariners 21BBA -163.3
Ryon Healy Athletics 21BAA -164.3
Fernando Perez Padres 19BBA -175.3
A.J. Kubala Athletics 19BBA -179
D'vone Mcclure Indians 19BBA -179.5
Cavan Cohoes Mariners 20BBA -202.6
Brian Ragira Giants 21BAA -227.3
Dane Mcfarland Diamondbacks 18BBA -265.9

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