What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Ronald Guzman. When he signed he was ranked higher than Mazara even though he only got $3.5m vs. $5m. Anyone else been paying attention to what he has done since being back? Even after going 0/7 or 0/8 in his first 2 games, he is still hitting .394/.444/1.111. Knock those first 2 games out and the #s for the other 8 games would be stupid. Not to mention that there are probably less than 5 player in the SAL that are younger. While his #s are unsustainable, I'm a lot more excited about him than Gallo, Brinson and probably even Alfaro. Definitely think the Rangers see him as the 1b of the future. He was the most highly touted 16 year old of that international signing class and I hope he keeps exceeding those lofty expectations. His #s last year were also really good. Peace!
Fuck that untouchable bullshit. That's why we still have Olt and MPerez.
Yeah, Olt and Profar were untouchable. The pitching and/or bats the Rangers missed out on by refusing to deal them is mind boggling. Now? They MIGHT be able to trade both for Ryan Dempster.
Profar is capable of being traded as the centerpiece of a deal for almost anyone that's available. Just because he hasn't looked like Trout since he came up doesn't mean he's not still a top prospect (although he probably won't be a prospect much longer). Olt's stock is way down from last year when he raked incredibly at AA, but he's far from down and out. He's looked pretty good in the few games he's played since coming back.
Alfaro is probably untouchable. Don't know if there's anyone I'd trade him for.
Alfaro is pretty untouchable. Gallo, Odor, Olt, and Alfaro are our blue-chip prospects.
Fuck that UNTOUCHABLE shit. I'm tired of watching these losers wither on the AA and AAA vine. Rent some balls and make some DEALS. Alfario is 3-4 fucking years away. JESUS CHRIST YOU IDIOTS.
Nick Williams has been the most impressive prospect at Hickory and it ain't close. He's hitting .290 and his isolated power is not that far below Gallo's. The only knock on him would be he doesn't walk enough.
A word of advice -- don't judge Minor League success strictly on results. It's more than that. Regardless if Nick Williams has the best batting average on the team ... no one cares. He's about 7th in prospect line on that team behind Gallo, Alfaro, Brinson, Mazara, Guzman and C.J. Edwards, in no particular order.
Eric: Take a nap.
Gallo is a beast of a prospect. I am excited for him to make his way to the majors. As for Perez do not pass judgement to quickly. Tons of great pitchers took a few years before they took off and lit up the league. Perez was great until he got injured. Olt still is a high prospect. He is conisdered to be one of the best defensive 3rd baseman of all MiLB. And if his bat starts up again it will only drive his price up.
Obviouslu you are kidding
Gallo has less of a chance making it, his so% is stellar high. Way too high for a minor leaguer. It's at what 34%/38%? Not going to cut it unless he builds contact. So the most opportune time to trade him would be after a good season against a GM who doesn't understand so%
Our first round pick, Alex Gonzalez, got lit up in his first start last night. His ERA is 16.20.
Terrible pick. Terrible. He's never going to find it and reach the Major Leagues. We need to trade him as soon as we can to some stupid GM who doesn't know what he's doing.
No-let's hold onto all of them until they are worthless.
^^ You have to admit, that was a pretty good JD comment...
R. Guzman 3/5 .405 avg, 10 game hitting streak, would have graduated 1 year later than gallo-brinson. Best prospect on team loaded w/prospects. This guy is gonna shoot up prospect charts and will easily end year as one of top 3 prospects in the org, if not #1. Yes, Rangers might have missed on trading Olt but I'm glad the Rangers have a philosophy of holding on to young talent. It has been working out well. There will always be a passed up trade that we could have made, but hindsight is 20/20 and you can't have it both ways without the ability to see the future. The front office has earned my trust and I think they do a pretty good job on assessing risk/reward on trades involving prospects. Peace.
What a joke. The hit tool is of absolute importance in order to utilize anything that makes those other prospects valuable. Williams has shown his hit tool can carry his power going forward at this stage. Most of those other prospects haven't which absolutely makes him a better prospect.
And respected guys like Jason Cole and Jason Parks care, and I'd take what they says about a player over you everyday.
ATX, have always respected your opinions, and I always love talking about prospects, so this thread is basically the win-win.
You hear conflicting reports at various stages of the season -- whoever is hot basically gets the hype and headlines. Right now it's Joey Gallo because of all the home runs, but Nomar Mazara will get his day in the sun, as will Ronald Guzman and Jorge Alfaro.
Scooby opened a thread last year asking who everyone liked the best out of Guzman, Mazara and Beras, and I said Guzman, myself. I think he's the 2nd-best player on that team, which is arguably the most loaded club in all of Minor League Baseball. Personally, I'm a Lewis Brinson guy, because I try to look at every guy from a future WAR perspective, which may sound boring to everyone, but that's just the way I am.
Let me explain:
If we take the top-7 prospects on the team, those being (in no particular order) Brinson, Guzman, Gallo, Mazara, Alfaro, Nick Williams and C.J. Edwards -- how do each of their ceilings translate onto a Major League diamond?
- Gallo is a corner infielder, so that's a strike against him already. Will need to hit ++ to provide 4-5 wins/year.- Edwards is a future MORP, which I'll roughly give 3.0 wins/year to (again, ceiling).- Guzman and Mazara could both be very talented hitters, but they both project to be corner outfielders; in Guzman's case, perhaps even a 1st baseman, so again we're reverting back to the Joey Gallo theory. - Nick Williams could wind up as a center fielder (which is more valuable than COF), but I don't really see him on the same prospect level as any of the other 6 players. He projects for defense and batting average; I need more OBP/SLG.- This leaves us with Lewis Brinson and Jorge Alfaro. From a position-scarcity standpoint, the catcher is significantly more valuable than the center fielder, but that's really to say that there are not very many decent catchers in MLB. If Alfaro reaches his ceiling, he's going to be a superstar; personally, I'm not not an Alfaro guy, but I think the odds of him washing out are about 80-20. He's a super talent, and he's still incredibly young, but in this specific case I'm investing my faith in the tools of Brinson, who could be the best prospect in the system by the end of the year.
At the same time, I could probably say the same for 5-6 different guys.
Jason writes: What a joke. The hit tool is of absolute importance in order to utilize anything that makes those other prospects valuable. Williams has shown his hit tool can carry his power going forward at this stage. Most of those other prospects haven't which absolutely makes him a better prospect.
Yeah, I would hope people listened to Parks and Cole because, well, that's what they do for a living.
As for the bolded text, yes and no. Yes, a prospect has to keep hitting to move up through the Minor Leagues, but no, hitting itself isn't the only thing that's important. Defense and speed clearly mean something -- it's how you end up with platoon players, essentially.
But whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, on-base percentage is more important than batting average. If you've yet to come to grips with that fact, then you should wake up and smell what 2013 is like.
As for this: "Most of those other prospects haven't [shown power] which absolutely makes him a better prospect ..."
Wait, what? Joey Gallo has more home runs than Nick Williams. Lewis Brinson has more home runs than Nick Williams. Ryan Rua has more home runs than Nick Williams and no one even considers him a prospect! But no, Williams is absolutely a better prospect than any of those guys even though only batting average reflects that.
Also, Nick Williams has played in 20 less games than many of his teammates. His sample is smaller.
To go on ... Nick Williams has a BB rate of 2.3%. That is egregious at any level.
His strikeout rate? 25.7%.
It's not that I don't agree with you, it's that your opinions aren't factual.
It seems we have ALL overestimated the worth of our MLers. There is NO ONE down there to help us NOW. And no one wants those dregs.
I know it's hard for any retard, but JD cant you post without the language?? I know you don't care,but that's why Ive stayed away a week--because of your rotten mouth.. Is RUNNING OFF AT THE MOUTH the ONLY exercise you get? Im gonna get your momma outta my bed and send her home so she can wipe your mouth~~
Momma Jokes-REALLY-That's all you got? I thought you were away because you were grounded.
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