All-Prospect, 2nd Team

On Monday, Jim Callis and I unveiled our All-Prospect Teams. For a refresher, you can take a look at mine and Jim’s at your leisure.

Not surprisingly, the stories generated considerable discussion and debate. And, truthfully, we both had a hard time making decisions in some cases.

So we decided we’d come up with a 2nd team, All-Prospect. Mine is below. You can find Jim’s over at Callis’ Corner. We decided only to go for the positional assignments and not the “biggest jump,” or “most to prove” categories.

1B C.J. Cron, Angels — Not a deep position, I decided not to cave to Yankee fans bugging me about Greg Bird (who had a very nice year). Cron had a solid, if unspectacular, season in the Texas League.

2B Rougned Odor, Rangers — Some great choices, even for the 2nd team, from Delino DeShields Jr. to Eddie Rosario. But Odor’s still a teenager, made it to (and raked in) the Double-A Texas League, finishing with a combined .305/.365/.474 line to go along with 32 steals.

SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox — Just edges other fine choices like Javier Baez or Carlos Correa. Holding his own in the big leagues is just icing on the cake.

3B Miguel Sano, Twins — I went off the board a bit by taking Maikel Franco for my first team, so there’s no question Sano is the best choice here.

C Austin Hedges, Padres — Yes, Evan Gattis has had a solid offensive year, but is he really a catcher? Hedges was just so-so with the bat, but has the chance to be special defensively.

OF Wil Myers, Rays — It was hard to leave him off the first team. Watching him help the Rays in the Wild Card race has been great fun.

OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers — Twenty-two homers and 31 steals all while playing a good center field in Double-A. Could help in 2014.

OF Gregory Polanco, Pirates — He was my “biggest jump” selection on the 1st team. Tons of speed (38 steals), power is coming (12 HR, 30 doubles). Right field in PNC Park will be calling soon.

RHP Archie Bradley, D-backs — Need to give a shout out to Taijuan Walker of the Mariners, but Bradley finished with a 1.84 ERA, .215 BAA while striking out 9.6 per nine innings across two levels.

LHP Andrew Heaney, Marlins — Jim’s 1st team choice, the 2012 first-rounder only threw 95 1/3 innings, but did reach Double-A and finished with a combined 1.60 ERA and .211 BAA.

5 Comments

Would you say c.j. Cron is comparable to Paul goldschmidt as a minor leaguer? I see a few similarities that intrigue me…

I’m sure the Angels are hoping that’s what happens. Goldschmidt, obviously, was much more under the radar in the Minors, while Cron was a first-round pick, one expected to move quickly. Goldschmidt’s first (and only) year in Double-A was better than Cron’s, for whatever that’s worth. I think Cron has to show he can tap into his power more consistently before I’m ready to compare him to Goldschmidt. But the right-right power potential at first, I can see the parallels.

So at 1B you go with a guy that’s 3 years older, has zero patience (.319 OBP), and similar power numbers because you don’t want to cave to Yankee fans? Or is it the 1st rounder name branding? Just curious on the choice. And how Dante Bichette is a better prospect.

So you pick the guy that’s 3 years older, with zero patience (.319 OBP), and similar power numbers for what reason? Was it the 1st round name branding? Or just to annoy Yankee fans? And explain to me again how he’s not on the top 20 and Bichette is.

I decided to approve both comments, even though they came from the same person. Cause I’m generous like that. I promise to give Greg Bird a nice, long look for the 2014 lists. And my sense is that he’ll be on the Yankees list when we re-rank it. That said, and I haven’t polled scouts on this specifically, I feel that most would still rank Cron ahead of Bird. But we’ll see what happens when the calendar changes. .

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