Some extra AFL prospects
Jim Callis and I collaborated on the AFL Top 25 prospects that went up on the site today. And other than quietly seething that a technical glitch only allows for one of our mugs to go on the top (I joke because I love), I’m pretty happy with how the list came out. Feel free to give your thoughts, either in comments on the story or right here on B3.
Of course, there are always other prospects worth talking about. One of the things Jim and I agreed on is that this was a deep league. That’s why we went up to 25. There are other intriguing prospects who didn’t make the top 25, so I figured I’d throw out some bonus names here. Not ranked in any way, other than alphabetically, here are five more prospects to ponder:
Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Marlins (Salt River): We talked about him a bit for the back end of the Top 25, but in the end, he narrowly missed. He threw very well in the Fall League and deserves credit for that, especially in a hitting-friendly environment. He doesn’t have plus stuff — his individual pitches don’t wow, but the guy really knows how to pitch. If you told me he’d have a long career as a No. 4 starter, beginning in 2015, I’d believe you.
Francellis Montas, RHP, White Sox (Glendale): It’s hard not to like the arm, right? The guy can get it up into triple digits and gets an 80 on the scouting scale for his fastball. He throws a good slider along with it and he can maintain his velocity deep into outings, which is why the White Sox haven’t given up on him as a starter. The command and changeup might mean he’s better in the bullpen, but this guy could be an intimidating closer in the future.
Steven Moya, OF, Tigers (Glendale): There still isn’t anyone I’d rather watch take BP more than this guy. His power is as legit as it comes. And anything you’ve read about his tendency to swing and miss? Also true. He knows he needs to improve his approach, and he’s always going to strike out a lot. But he can hit the ball a country mile.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets (Scottsdale): His numbers weren’t great at the end, but I saw him early on in the AFL, when he started with a five-game hitting streak and everything he hit was hard. He has good on-base skills. Lets see how the power comes. I keep hearing how some feel he’s a tweener — not quite speedy/rangy enough for center, not quite the offensive profile for a corner. But he’s ahead of where I thought he’d be developmentally at this point.
Peter O’Brien, C, D-backs (Salt River): He came close to making our 25. Like Moya, the power is impressive. And he drew a ton of walks. And struck out a lot. Is he a three true outcomes kind of guy? Maybe. The real question is where will he play defensively? Arizona is committed to continuing to work with him behind the plate and Salt river manager Andy Haines thought he could stay there.