Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, in a piece at ESPN.com, calls Las Vegas catcher Travis d’Arnaud the top fantasy prospect for 2012 not currently in the Majors, says he’s the rare “catcher who can hit in the middle of a big league lineup,” and perhaps surprisingly, that “he has been seen taking some ground balls at first base this week.”
Anthony Gose shows up in this week’s 12-for-’12 piece as well, as Goldstein likes the results of recent a tweak to the centre fielder’s swing, explaining that he “has the potential to be a fantasy stud, with double-digit home runs and 50-plus steals a season.” He adds that, in his view, “the Jays likely will find a way to make him an everyday player by 2013.”
These sorts of comments were echoed when Goldstein showed up on TSN Radio Sunday evening, to talk about this week’s draft, in addition to these close-to-MLB prospects, with Jim Tatti.
After some talk about how the changes to the CBA have impacted the draft, and some general talk about the depth of the draft class, and some of the top prospects, Goldstein and Tatti turned their attention to the Jays. “I think it’s safe to say they’ll be creative,” Goldstein explains, noting that they were the most aggressive team in last year’s draft.
“I think they are one of many teams who are looking at Lucas Giolito,” the injured pitcher who may be the most talented prospect, according to some, but who’ll reportedly be a tough sign if he slides down to a pick with not as much money available, unless a club with multiple picks, like the Jays– who hold numbers 17, 22, 50, 58 and 60– punts on a later pick to make enough pool money available to give him an elite-level bonus.
“It’s pretty easy to say they could have one of the more interesting drafts, come Tuesday.”
The conversation then turned to what the Jays already have in their system– which Goldstein calls “one of the best, if not the best” in baseball, lauding their up and down the board talent, with great prospects in Dunedin, Lansing and Las Vegas.
He reiterates that he’s a lot higher on d’Arnaud than Gose, he says. “d’Arnaud looks like a star,” he says, “possibly even a superstar.”
“He’s not great defensively yet, but he’s a very athletic kid,” he explains, after assuredly saying that “he’s going to hit, and he’s going to hit for power.”
He says that Gose is worth keeping an eye on, as he seems to have really taken off of late after making a tweak to his swing. “The swing-and-miss is always going to be a concern,” he says, but he repeats everything we’ve always heard on his tools: his defence, speed, his arm, and the fact that he has a bit of power, too. Devon White would be a good comparison for him, Goldstein says, which is always going to be a well-accepted notion around these parts.
Once again… nails much?
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