Results tagged ‘ Javier Baez ’
Our most recent Pipeline Perspectives is up on the MLBPipeline.com now. Jim Callis and I debate which teams have the best trio of prospects in the game. I went for the Cubs combination of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. Jim advocated for the Twins trio of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer.
As we’ve tried to get in the habit of doing, both of us are blogging about the subject as well. Jim ranked his favorites. By now, you know me… I like using our Prospect Points system to see how things shake out. So I took the top trio from every organization that had three or more prospects in the Top 100 (the Red Sox could have had three trios, for example, but I only took one) and ranked them using our points system. A quick refresher: 100 points for the No. 1 prospect, 99 for No. 2, all the way down to one point for the last prospect in the Top 100. Here’s what the “standings” look like:
|1||Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer||MIN||270|
|2||Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora||CHC||269|
|3||Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, George Springer||HOU||257|
|4||Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow||PIT||247|
|5||Xander Bogaerts, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley||BOS||238|
|6||Kyle Zimmer, Yordano Ventura, Raul Alberto Mondesi||KC||205|
|7||Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Rafael Montero||NYM||185|
|8||Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Eduardo Rodriguez||BAL||184|
|9||Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler, David Dahl||COL||177|
|10||Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier, Trevor Bauer||CLE||172|
|11||Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee||LAD||170|
|12||Andrew Heaney, Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick||MIA||158|
|13||Austin Hedges, Max Fried, Matt Wisler||SD||158|
|14||Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty||STL||144|
|15||Archie Bradley, Chris Owings, Braden Shipley||ARI||142|
|16||Jorge Alfaro, Rougned Odor, Michael Choice||TEX||133|
|17||Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Roberto Osuna||TOR||132|
|18||Jake Odorizzi, Hak-Ju Lee, Taylor Guerrieri||TB||69|
The first day of the Arizona Fall League is in the books and it’s time to revive a series I’ve tried on here in the past — the AFL Star of the Day. I’ll admit it’s been a challenge keeping it going all Fall, but I’m going to do my darndest to post every day. After a day’s games, please feel free to send in nominations in comments or via Twitter (@jonathanmayob3).
Typically a hitting-friendly league, there were some pitchers that deserved serious consideration. The Royals’ Justin Marks tossed three hitless innings for Surprise in what ended up being a 5-2 win for Peoria. Chris Gloor of the Giants tossed four innings of three-hit, shutout ball for Scottsdale, striking out five and walking none. In the same game, Shawn Haviland of the A’s went three scoreless, allowing just one hit while striking out four for Phoenix. And it was the Desert Dogs who won the game.
But I think I’ll stick with some offense for our first AFL Star of the Day: Javier Baez of the Cubs. Ranked No. 23 on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, and No. 1 on the Cubs’ Top 20, Baez is coming off of a very solid first full season that saw him reach the Florida State League at age 19 and hit a combined .294/.346/.543 with 16 homers and 24 steals. And he didn’t make his 2012 debut until the end of May. Now he’s one of the younger performers in the AFL. And all he did was homer and double while driving in three in Mesa’s 6-5 loss at Salt River on Tuesday night.