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Answering your questions

It’s time for another exciting edition. Got a few of them to get to, so let’s not waste too much more time. If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered here, email them to me or leave them in comments. Also, if you didn’t see it, the latest of my series on first-rounders making their debuts went up yesterday, this one on Astros’ top pick Jiovanni Mier. OK, enough self-promotion, on to your questions:

What’s up with Gaby Sanchez? I mean, 5 games- 3 for 8, 2008 MVP of
the Year while at Carolina?? Awesome kid. Just wondering what’s going on with
him. — Michael

Sanchez is doing just fine.The Marlins’ 4th-round pick in the 2005 draft is playing in New Orleans, Florida’s Triple-A affiliate. He missed some time in May with a knee injury, which is too bad becuase he was off to a really good start. Overall, he’s been hovering right around .300 (.298 as we speak) with 7 HR and 28 RBIs over 44 games. Perhaps more interesting is the fact he’s been playing a lot of third base since he came back, leading some to wonder what Emilio Bonifacio’s future looks like. Give Gaby some time to get back in a rhythm and I think you could see him back in the bigs in the second half at some point.

I would love to hear any feedback on who has the higher upside in the future,
Brett Wallace or Mat Gamel?    Also, who will “stick” at third? — Neven

Obviously, Gamel is already up and Wallace, at Triple-A, isn’t too far away. Not sure either are really upside guys, in the usual sense, though I guess I’ll give Gamel the slight nod there because Wallace more or less is who he is. Of course, that’s a pretty freaking good hitter, you know? I think Gamel will stick at third — the Brewers felt comfortable enough to let him play there in the bigs now. Of course, they did that with Ryan Braun when he first came up, too, so time will tell. And while most people didn’t think it possible, I’m beginning to think maybe Wallace stays there, too, at least for a little while. He’s made eight errors in total this year. It’s hard to know what that means exactly, but it’s certainly not awful.

I was wondering if there is a current pitcher that the Phillies top pitching
prospect Kyle Drabek has drawn comparisons to? Also, is he a future ace and No.1
starter?    I would appreciate it if you could write me back. — Joe


The easy thing would be to say his dad, Doug, and be done with it. I’m not a scout and I’m not so good at this game — the MLB comp game — but with his size and stuff, I guess you could say a Roy Oswalt or maybe a Ben Sheets? As for the second part of your question, it’s always dangerous to hang a “future ace” label around a guy’s neck. There are so few true aces in the game, .so I tend to not say he’s a No. 1 starter down the line. Does he have the stuff to be a front-of-the-rotation guy (see how I skirt around it?)? Sure he does. Maybe that means he tops a rotation one day, but it certainly wouldn’t be a disappointment if he’s a strong No. 2 or even an outstanding No. 3 pitcher in a deep rotation. If you’re a Phillies fan, thinking about Hamels-Carrasco-Drabek down the line sure is fun.

That’s it for this installment. Send in some more questions if you’ve got ‘em…

Scouting the Top 50: 44-40

Here at the Rookie Career Development Program and it’s pretty cool that
I’m in a room with some of the very players on this Top 50 as they
prepare for life as big-leaguers. Anyway, more on that another time.
Here are some scouts’ thoughts on No. 44 down to No. 40…

44. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers
jeremy_jeffress.jpgSeen: Early May, Late June (FSL), October (AFL)

Fastball: 91-99 mph
Curve: 71-82 mph
Changeup: 81-88 mph
(Combined from all three reports)

Scouted
in first start back, later in FSL season and again in Fall League. Also
flashed slider, 78-83 mph)… Special arm with easy delivery. Can dial
it up when needed for strikeouts. Occasional dive sink-run, sometimes
overthrows. Curve a plus pitch, with range. Throws at two velocities,
78 mph for strikes, 80-82 as K pitch. Some feel for change, but hasn’t
used it much. Frontline starter potential if he can throw three pitches
for strikes consitently.

43. Lou Marson, C, Phillies
lou_marson.jpgSeen: May (AA) and August (Olympics)

Athletic
receiver with sold frame. Moves, blocks well, energetic behind plate.
Quick release when feet set. Soft, sure hands. Consistent hard contact,
balanced hitting approach. Line drive stroke with occasional power.
Strong leadership, field general type. Tools to be every-day catcher in
big leagues.

42. Brett Wallace, 3B, Cardinals
brett_wallace.jpgSeen: June (Midwest League) and October (AFL)

Future
middle of the order bat. Advanced approach, with disciplined power
swing. Pig power potential, bat will carry to big leagues fast.
Below-average range at third, future might be at first base. Good
hands, makes routine plays. Must watch size and weight.

41. Adam Miller, RHP, Indians
adam_miller.jpgSeen: October (Dominican Republic)

Fastball: 86-95 mph
Slider: 81-84 mph
Changeup: 84-85 mph

Long,
slender frame. Loose arm action, easy effort on delivery. Throws across
body some. Works quickly, three pitches for strikes. Sink and
occasional cutting action on fastball. Big, sweeping slider with bite,
always down in zone. Changes fastball speed effectively.

40. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees
jesus_montero.jpgSeen: May (South Atlantic League)

Big
physical build. Power to all fields, needs to improve in making
consistent contact. Quick release behind plate, average arm. Catches
well in zone, but doesn’t shift well on pitches. Very young with
definite tools, especially offensively

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