Kolten Wong: Overrated, But Good
With the MLB and minor league seasons in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to re-evaluate my preseason prospect rankings.
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It’s always difficult to find a balance between upside and probability when grading prospects, so looking back on my methods and looking to adjust heading forward is always a useful task. For readers, these will serve as a one-stop shop to catch up on how all of 2012’s prominent prospects performed and how their stock has been affected.
This is not a re-ranking of these prospects, nor is it a new prospect list. It’s simply a review of how I ranked the players before the season began, along with some analysis of what went right, what went wrong and everything in between
In our third installment, let’s review my preseason second base rankings and see who lived up to the hype, who disappointed and who’s in good shape going forward. We’ll also give you an early look at some new names who should be relevant in 2013 and beyond.
(PPR = Preseason Position Ranking, Pre/Mid = Preseason/Midseason Top 100 Ranking, NR = Not rated, G = Graduated to MLB. Starred* players are no longer prospect eligible.)
On The Upswing
|Jean Segura, MIL*||Moved to SS full time with Brewers, has tools to hit .280 with 25 steals in 2013|
|Eddie Rosario, MIN||Drastically improved stock with smooth transition to 2B, good stats in A-ball|
|Kolten Wong, STL||Modest ceiling but very high floor, should be Fantasy MI in prime years|
|D.J. LaMahieu, COL*||Sleeper source of AVG, R for NL Only next season, should see 2B/3B time|
|Jonathan Schoop, BAL||Held his own in Double-A at 21, should repeat level in 2013. Move to 3B possible|
|Steve Lombardozzi, WAS*||Headed for a long career as a super utility type, still think he can start in his prime|
|Corey Spangenberg, SD||Lower on him than some, could easily top out at .280 with 20 steals, no power|
|Jordany Valdespin, NYM*||Doesn’t get on base, but has double-digit HR/SB pop, OF eligibility|
|Rougned Odor, TEX||Doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but holding his own in A-ball at age 18 is impressive|
|Taylor Lindsey, LAA||Better Fantasy prospect than MLB one – could post .280, 10 HR, 15 SB in MLB|
|Anthony Rendon, WAS||Second major leg injury kills his chances of moving to 2B – stock down overall|
|Cord Phelps, CLE||Think he can be a second-division starter, but won’t be in CLE with Jason Kipnis|
|Yamaico Navarro, PIT||Solid stats in AAA, struggled in small MLB sample. Could have career as bat-first MI|
|Sean Coyle, BOS||Picked things up in the second half, but fair to say I’m worried about his on-base ability|
|Tony Wolters, CLE||Not impressed with him -- .320 OBP, 5 SB as a 20-year-old in High-A|
New Names To Consider: Nick Ahmed (ATL), Ryan Brett (TB), Christian Colon (KC), Delino DeShields Jr. (HOU), Nick Franklin (SEA), Scooter Gennett (MIL), Jedd Gyorko (SD), Alen Hanson (PIT), Cesar Hernandez (PHI), Stephen Romero (SEA), Carlos Sanchez (CHW)
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