Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: The Corners
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on July 11, 2006
Thanks to more international additions, the corner of the outfield is in pretty good shape down the road and potential center fielder Greg Halman still may very well land in right field in the end, creating a pretty strong crop.
But most of the talent is light years from reaching the big leagues which is why the M’s could really use the services of Chris Snelling and/or a free agent or trade acquisition to bridge the gap.
The infield is quite weak, even with the addition of Matt Tuiasosopo sliding over from shortstop. Bryan LaHair and Thomas Hubbard are both fringe prospects, and though LaHair is handling himself in Triple-A right now, he’ll be forced to make an adjustment during the second half. If he can sustain his performance and add more power, he’ll have a shot at the big leagues – but that’s rather large if. He also needs to put together better at-bats versus left-handed pitching. Hubbard has yet to produce above A ball and he’s getting his chance in San Antonio right now.
Tuiasosopo could ultimately move to the outfield where his skillset fits best, but the M’s are likely to leave him at third for the remainder of his minor league career.
|1||Chris Snelling||L/L||5-10||205||24||Best bat in system. Should be hitting 6th — in Seattle.|
|2||Shin-soo Choo||L/L||5-11||210||24||Somewhere between a 7-hole bat and a 4th outfielder.|
|3||Wladimir Balentien||R/R||6-2||210||22||Intriguing power is only plus tool – ’07 will tell tale.|
|4||Mike Wilson||R/R||6-1||245||23||Mr. Helium in the first half is off to fast start in Double-A.|
|5||Kuo-hui Lo||R/R||6-2||190||20||Athletic left field prospect with medium power.|
Others: Carlos Peguero (19), Michael Saunders (19), Marquis Liverpool (20).
|1||Matt Tuiasosopo||R/R||6-2||210||20||Relieved of duties at SS to focus on potential plus power bat.|
|2||Bryan LaHair||L/R||6-5||220||23||Can hit, but power must improve to continue ascent to bigs.|
|3||Thomas Hubbard||L/R||6-2||215||24||Needs big second half to hold off teenagers below him.|
|4||Gerardo Avila||L/L||6-2||190||19||Potential 30-HR power bat, but lots to prove in next few years.|
|5||Alex Liddi||R/R||6-2||200||17||Lots of promise in 17-year-old’s game – with bat and glove.|
Tomorrow: Rating all of the bats in one set of rankings and the arms in another.