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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: 24-20

Yesterday’s post, in all honesty, was an embarrassment. I hope today’s makes up for it some, with four lengthier scouting reports for your perusal…

24. Tommy Hanson, RHP, Braves
tommy_hanson.jpgSeen: June (Southern League) and October (AFL)

Fastball: 90-95 mph
Curveball: 70-77 mph
Slider: 82-88 mph
Changeup:  82-86 mph

(Hanson’s two reports were both interesting, so I’m including both here instead of combining)

Double-A: Seen at no-hitter… started slow, threw better as game went on. Deception with fastball, picked up velocity late. Plus location on fastball. Slider can be untouchable with plus location. Curve approaches average. Needs to improve changeup. All business on the mound. Future at top of rotation.

AFL: Throws fastball to both sides of plate with plus command. Right-handed hitters helpless when he locates away. Plus, plus hard 3/4 curve, commands well, knee-buckler, unfair at times to hitters. Slider is tighter version of curve, plus as well. Changeup still needs work. Top of rotation future, could be ready in 2009.

23. Mat Gamel, 3B, Brewers
mat_gamel.jpgSeen: May

Outstanding hitting approach, gets bat through strike zone well. Can hit to all fields and can drive ball with power. Gets foold at times with off-speed stuff, will chase pitches down in zone. Glove work is spotty, but has soft hands and good arm strength. Bat will carry him and give him chance to be Major League contributor.

21. Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
elvis_andrus.jpgSeen: May (Texas League) and November

Great tools and instincts at premium position. Defensive tools to play now. Makes all plays in field. Soft hands and ability to wow you in feild. Will save runs. Sometimes stays back on balls a little. Arm very true. Singles hitter now, but hands work and swing will play. Very young, needs more innings, particularly at plate.

20. Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles

brian_matusz.jpgSeen: November (AFL)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Curveball: 72-76 mph
Slider: 81-85 mph
Changeup:  80-81 mph

Lefty with excellent future. Throws strikes with four competitive pitches. Fastball a little straight, without too much deception, though angle helps some. Fastball was hit until he started mixing pitches better. Curve and slider are two distinct pitches. Will challenge hitters with both, slider a touch better. Middle of rotation type at least.

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