I'm driving that bandwagon. My impression went up after seeing him throw. He's younger than Stewart, yet more polished. May not have the ceiling that Stewart has (with the potentially for four plus pitches), but should have three above-average pitches. It also didn't hurt that he had a really good winter. Plus, like you pointed out, he is left-handed, which makes him all the more useful. Even if his ceiling is a mid-rotation guy (which Law says), I'd error on the side of it being higher. Of course, anyone this young you have to majorly project on, and, Thrylos, I know you want to see more before you see the accolades, and I respect that.
I'm on the Thorpe bandwagon too. The numbers at the GCL, the quality of his pitchers, the BB/K rates - all nice indicators to at least be aware of the guy, even if the best some of us (me) can see of him is a few YouTube and scouting videos vs an actual game or in person game.
I wonder this, how many players who played in the short season rookie league the season before, who were not a top round draft pick (1st or 2nd RD) and not a college athlete, have made the top 100 Prospects list?
You probably see a few of the Miguel Sano's...but then, take out top international signing and it's gotta be a pretty small number.
I know Oscar Taveras and Hanley Ramirez were big time 'finds' (cheap IFA's) but they were noticed after A-ball.
Seems like Thorpe would be in a pretty small list of players who had no pedigree, young teen, and flat out impressed from what they did in the Rookie League.
e.g.Appalachian League, Arizona League, Gulf Coast League, & Pioneer League