Because it’s Friday and I don’t feel like doing anything more than some copy-and-paste work, here we’ve got all the Jays-related nuggets from yesterday’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com– with added bonus nuggets from Jim Callis at Baseball America in his recent chat (er… from last week), and some stuff from BA’s latest top 20 prospects lists for the various minor leagues.
So… um… here we go!
Gose and Hechevarria seem to have similar profiles in that they are plus defenders at premium positions with questionable hit tools. However, Gose is frequently referred to as one of Toronto’s top prospects with all-star potential, while Hechevarria seems to be known as John McDonald 2.0 unless he learns to hit. Not that either comps are necessarily wrong, but why is there such a disparity between their “prospect statuses”?
Gose has a better swing with a little more raw power. He’s also 16 months younger.
How much has your opinion changed on Daniel Norris with his less-than-stellar pro debut?
I was a bit of a low man on him to begin with, so I wouldn’t say it’s changed.
I know it is a small sample size but have you seen any changes in the mechanics or Gose or Hech to be optimistic about there recent offensive upticks?
Klaw (2:04 PM)
It’s September. Don’t get caught up in any player’s “hot” streaks now.
If you don’t mind fielding another Gose question, do you think he’d be best served by repeating AAA in a real minor league park, or should he be in Toronto for his defense and trying to work on the bat as he, um, “goes”? Also, I’d rather listen to Taylor Swift than Mumford & Sons. Cloyingly mannered and affected.
I think more time in AAA in a real ballpark next year would help Gose and Hechavarria.
Can you give us a brief scouting report on Blue Jays Kevin Pillar? What would his handbook rating and risk factor be?
The Midwest League MVP was old for low Class A at 23, though to his credit he continued to hit after a promotion. He’s more of an overachieving fourth outfielder type than a regular. Doesn’t have a plus tool but gets the most out of what he has and makes a lot of contact. Below-average power, average runner and defensive tools, hard to profile that package as a regular.
Where do you stand on Travis Snider?
Still think there can be a solid regular in there somewhere. I liked that pickup for the Pirates.
Cy (Western Mass)
Hi Jim. You guys are right so often in the difficult business of forecasting prospects, that the rare misjudgments stand out. When a top prospect doesn’t pan out, can you always see why, in retrospect? For example, Delmon Young might be explained by lack of patience and pitch selection. What about someone like Colby Rasmus, who seems (seemed?) to have all the necessary tools?
Thanks for putting that kindly. Rasmus confounds me, too. He showed good plate discipline in the minors and seemed to have all the tools, but he hasn’t controlled the strike zone nearly as well in the majors. Maybe he’s selling out for power? I don’t know.
How many Blue Jays will be in the Midwest League top 20? Sanchez, Syndergaard, Nicolino, Pillar, Hawkins? I know its a big league and so tougher to make the top 20.
The first three guys. Tyler Ybarra is a nice sleeper, too.
And, as I said, sticking with BA, they’ve begun releasing their top twenty lists for each of the minor leagues– with companion (paywall’d) chats– and the Jays have a number of guys who’ve been mentioned. My notes in italics:
Gulf Coast League: DJ Davis (3), Alberto Tirado (14) No shame being third to June’s top two picks, Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton.
Appalachian League: Roberto Osuna (8), Santiago Nessy (10), Dan Norris (14) Still some pre-draft shine on Norris, who didn’t have a great pro debut.
Northwest League: Taylor Cole (20) Vancouver was an older team, evidently, and as BA writes, “the top half of this list would have been much stronger had several other notable prospects played enough to qualify.” Osuna is clearly one of those.
More league top 20s will be released over the next couple of weeks. Schedule here.