I'd like this idea if we could watch the AAA team on TV, instead of the MLB team.
Darin617, honestly, I would hope that Danny Lehmann gets the most time catching there, at least until Herrmann moves up. Butera and Rivera clearly don't belong and Towles likely doesn't either.
Daan4786, I do agree that Parmelee could be the exception. Baseball is not "more mental than physical" though.
I mostly agree, but I think the Twins are doing it right with Parmelee. Hes been hot since he got called up last year and seems confident. The coaches showing confidence in him will only help him: baseball is more mental than physical. Investing in his upside makes sense, even at his age; I hear he's a real hard worker, so he'll do what he can to make adjustments. And even if they were wrong, and Parmelee is too young for the big leagues and doesn't produce, they can bring up Burroughs to replace him and let him get some time at AAA.
Which catcher would you put on this list Butera or Towles? Neither one should make majors.
Yeah, I would have liked Derrek Lee. And easily on the cheap too.
I would like this idea better if they had decided on it 2 months ago and brought in one more decent MLB-quality player (or even a potential MLB-quality player) to round out the outfield/1b/DH mix. As it is, there are too many question marks on the MLB team to go north with so many scrubs that might not even be AAA players.
I'd Hicks defense and arm over Revere right now. He is a potential 5 tool player and the best Revere ever will be is a 3 tool player and right now is only a 2 tool player.
The high number of walks AND strikeouts worries me. And an OPS of barely 700 in High A ball isn't anything to write home about, though Fort Myers is definitely a pitchers park and league. But I'm going to look forward to seeing what he can or can't do in AA. That's often a make or break year, and he'll be 22 most of the year, which isn't old but isn't super young, either. There's no reason to panic - what good would it do exactly? - but it'll help the Twins considerably if he gains back a little luster. After the AFL, I'm hopeful he will.
I wonder if NB will have Hicks-Herrmann 1-2 in the lineup? That is some serious isolated discipline (though maybe they could swing a bit more).
Prospect rankings don't only account for statistics. They also consider projected ceilings (Hicks' ceiling is very high, obviously) and how they play. Still, the statistics aren't that bad, especially his career OBP. That's coupled with stellar defense.
I've never understood why Hicks has been placed at the top of the list year after year. It's become a joke with some of my buddies.
per Jim Rantz talking to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, Hicks is going to start in AA this year.
You have a very short-sited, unfortunate circumstance, and small sample (or no sample in Michael's case) view of what a "Bust" is, Jack... Adam Johnson, now THAT'S a bust (and a Mike Radcliff guy, at the #2 overall pick)
Jack, I think it's just a little bit on the early side (like maybe 5 to 10 years early) to call Hicks, Gibson, Wimmers and Michael busts.
Hicks is just another #1 first round bust by Deron Johnson our great scouting director. Hicks in 2008, Gibson in 2009, Wimmers in 20120, and Michael in 2012. We need Mike Radcliff back in charge of the scouting department.
Thanks. You can tell by the end that the fatigue had set in. Blogging is somehow tiring.
I liked it too. Thanks.
Very interesting stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it!
Hicks' composite numbers from FTM and the AFL were .251/.363/.404 with 39 doubles, 10 triples, and 8 homers. On top of stellar defense.
Dean struggled at Fort Myers, but was still called up to New Britain late in the year. I would expect him to end this year at New Britain again, but after maintaining his excellent K/BB rate at Fort Myers for 1/2-2/3 of the season.
Hicks still has all the tools and has made his way in 2012 to AA, one would think. He is still the best defensive OF, by far, and one cannot ignore his OBP. He also was great in the Arizona Fall League. The AFL is obviously a hitters league, but it is also a AA/AAA hitters league. He did very well there. Other than Sano, I am showing a bit of favoritism towards players who have actually made it to High-A (which is why I also am low on new draft picks who haven't played or who have barely played).
Anyway, the issue with Hicks seems to be that he takes too many pitches. That is something that is easily corrected.