But my question was about why Walker was ranked lower than Harrison? Polanco's ISO power (144) is slightly lower than Harrison's (163). But Walker's ISO power (248) cannot be ignored. Even if he is a year older than Travis.
Kramer's buddy Bob Sacamanto posted a video he took of Jorge at the FIL.
Felix Jorge - YouTube
That delivery stinks. Doesn't use his lower half, tiny stride toward home and all the effort is in his shoulder.
The Twins don't seem to instruct (or sign) pitchers who take long strides (which usually limits velocity) but I'm surprised the Twins haven't changed this delivery yet.
John Sickels in the house!
That was pretty illuminating in many ways. I really like the comments about Thorpe.
With regard to Walker and Harrison . . . Harrison certainly the capacity to develop into a pretty good OBP guy. Walker is lacking there, though the slugging makes up for a lot of that. I still don't really understand why the Twins didn't push Walker to get a month or so at Fort Myers, though. That might have given us a somewhat clearer picture.
Regarding some other posts about Walker vs Harrison: We have been through this before. It's not Walker's age that is the issue but rather that he played 3 yrs of college ball so he should be more advanced than HS kids almost the same age. Walker is definitely intriguing but poor plate discipline and play in low A ball prevent him from being ranked really high despite his nice power.
Additionally I like Polanco more than Harrison but that is more due to defensive value and Polanco's ability to make contact. It was nice to see some pop from him but I don't expect much power as he moves up. However he looks like a potential .285/.335/.385 MLB hitter. With solid defense that is an average to above average MI'er. Harrison has a sweet swing but his K's and modest power stats keep him from being ranked in my top 10.
I think another thing to keep in mind when discussing Walker vs. Harrison is that this was both players first go at full season ball. Through the first 90 games of the season the two were almost identical players. Walker had a .870 OPS and Harrison an .869. Harrison walked a bit more and Walker hit for a little more power but overall they were very similar offensively.
Over the remaining 45 games though things went very differently. Walker finished up nicely, OPS'ing .794. On the other hand Harrison fell off a cliff OPS'ing only .595. His BB% and K% stayed pretty much the same but his BA and especially his SLG% disappeared. Over his last 41 games Harrison hit only 4 doubles and no HR's. To me that suggests that he hit a wall and just couldn't put any power into his swing. If he was really struggling with his mechanics or if pitchers had caught up to him his K% would have increased and his BB% would have decreased significantly, but they didn't.
If you make the assumption that the first 90 games are the real Harrison (and Walker too, though he didn't really struggle much towards the end of the season) then you're left with two very similar players. However, like others have said, Harrison walked 12% of the time and Walker only 6%. Combine that with the fact that Harrison is a full year younger and played no college ball and while I think they're pretty close, Harrison probably should be ranked slightly higher.
Thorpe's numbers at GCL for a 17 year old are ridiculous. He it up and I can see why he'd give him a higher ranking. Not solely based on his 44IP, however. 5 mph more on his fastball is very significant and perhaps he'll add even more to it. A lefty with big upside is very valuable. I like the Stewart over Meyer decision. Given a choice between the two, I'd rather have Stewart.
I really can't disagree with anything in this, but I think it's about that time where Harrison should slip a little bit until he can prove himself.
Harrison neither stumbled nor excelled this season. It was a nice season and scouts love his swing but questions remain. Looking at John's rankings, there is not anyone below him that I would move up above him.
He kind of reminds me of this guy - Matt Davidson - Matt Davidson » Statistics » Batting | FanGraphs Baseball - A HS 3Bman with questionable defense and a good bat that hasn't failed nor dominated yet.
Thanks for coming by, john. Love your work.
For those wondering about Lewis Thorpe (and I'll admit - this guy totally snuck up on me), check out his Adopt-A-Prospect page here:
Shout out to 2Twins87 who has done a really nice job on this page, including video from a Melbourne TV station when he signed, updates from his minor league season and even an update from the World Cup tournament in Taiwan. Outstanding stuff.
1st HRs - LEAGUE LEADER
1st RBIs - LEAGUE LEADER
2nd Runs Scored - 2nd in LEAGUE
10 for 10 in SB's - NOT CAUGHT as a PROFESSIONAL
The above stats are what baseball is all about in my mind.
Damn Sabermetrics :) - Who is getting it done!!
Oh yeah - The Kernels had the best record in Minor League Baseball too.