Breakout candidates for 2012
Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:00 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:19 AM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:10 AM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:33 AM
Given the premise (jumping up prospect rankings), I'd say Dan Osterbrock, who has always been spot-on with control but has been hurt last season. I think that he will probably start at NB and have a stellar season. Carlos Gutierrez as well; I hope that his cutter develops into an out pitch. I expect him to be the closer in Rochester and maybe get more than a cup of coffee in the bigs.
I'd be interested to hear from some of the more informed blogger types, but Osterbrock doesn't strike me as a candidate to be considered a "prospect". The ceiling seems way too low and he's been derailed a fair amount by injuries.
I guess I tend to favor the higher ceiling/low floor prospects over the alternative which is why I'd expect to see particularly a Felix Jorge, Javy Pimentel or Mauricio Silva have a significant breakout year.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:49 PM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:16 PM
Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:23 PM
Another favorite of mine, is Nate Roberts. He's an on-base machine who scored 55 runs in just 68 games for Beloit. For reference, Beloit's leader on the season in runs scored was Lance Ray with 76 - In 132 games... I don't imagine Roberts will keep getting hit by pitches at the rate he did (29 times in those 68 games), but his regular walk-rate is still high, and he doesn't strike out much. He'll also swipe a few bases.
I'm really curious on how Roberts will do, too. And I know he was a 1st round pick but it seems to me that people aren't as excited about Michael as they should be.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:34 PM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:10 PM