Cubswin11 wrote:He had a low 3 and sub 3 era in two levels in 2018 that are above RK ball that he was in, in 2017. So idk why RK ball carries more weight when he’s been better more recently at higher levels (he was also 17/18 years old in RK ball). He’s only given up 9 HRs in ~155 minor league innings, idk that doesn’t seem like a red flag number and he’s had a BB/9 around 2.5 +/- at every stop the last 3 years. His command seems to be pretty good and certainly adequate for someone with his velo and age.
Who said all that? I'm not just going to ignore 1/3 of the ~150 innings he's thrown in at the SS levels because he threw a marginally better 1/3 this year at still mostly a SS level. It's not as if a) this year was knockout on paper and b) these are super advanced levels of ball. Stack him against top SPs as prospects and current top SP prospects at the same stage and that's alot of HRs and these performances aren't as inspiring as the still pretty tepid hype. I see his profile as much closer to a potential Justin Wilson than a potential Jon Lester. There's no one on this site more willing to overrate a giant healthy potential power armed LH, but I'm just calling it as I sees it. Check out guys like Triston McKenzie, Ian Anderson, and MacKenzie Gore among today's elite to see the kind of performance and ARLs I'm looking for from a potential impact SP prospect acquired as a teenager.
I was perusing BA’s latest issue waiting for my screen to get fixed, NL Central top 10s were in it!
- Cubs compared Hoerner to Dejong defensively in that they believe he can handle SS. I also didn't notice he signed for $2.7something million, which is more than I thought in a good way
- Slapped 40 power and 55 speed on Hoerner, saying the power plays and/or can play up because of his ability to put bat on ball.
- They mentioned fringe average speed for Roederer. Interesting, he’s not known for speed but I guess his general profile led me to assume speed. Maybe with the typical strength gains and better technique? Still, that was a little disappointing
- They gave Brennan Davis the best power tag, mentioned impact tools including "at least' plus speed...I guess I'm glad they're optimistic about his power since he didn't show a lick during his debut
- Brailyn Marquez's slider needs more spin, they referred to overall command as "fringy," change acts more like a two seamer, mentioned he doesn't necessarily hold his velocity yet, but they also said the offspeeds project to be at least above average so there's that
Those are the only ones I really paid attention to and/or remember, I think. Oh, they're also really high on Hiura. He got the cover and they proclaimed him the Brewers' biggest bat prospect since Braun.