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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2018, 08:40:20 pm »
And Fangraphs revised their prospect rankings last week: Whitley at #7, Tucker at #10 and Alvarez #32.

That was of course from their Top 100 list. FG also has their ranking of top prospects within the organization with 36* names on the list. Some names on their list that don't show up currently on BA and MLB Pipeline:

24. RHP Manny Ramirez (18 year old with 32 K / 10 BB in 26.2 IP in the GCL)
26. UTIL Osvaldo Duarte
28. RHP Carlos Sanabria (mentioned in the QC thread--he's now with BC)
30. INF Deury Carrasco (briefly mentioned in GCL thread--currently hitting .381/.383/.482)
31. RHP Peter Solomon
32. RHP Cody Deason (this year's 5th rounder)
35. LHP Kit Scheetz (yes, his handedness is wrong in the column to the left but it's correct on the right)
36. RHP Enoli Paredes (mentioned in the QC thread and like Sanabria is now at BC)


*not 37 as shown as they forgot to do a re-numbering when Hector Perez (at #5) was removed from the list.

https://www.fangraphs.com/scoutboard.aspx?draft=2018updated&type=0&pos=all&team=hou

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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2018, 08:44:34 pm »
I love it that Seth Beer is advancing so quickly AND showing the versatility and athleticism to play in the outfield.
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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2018, 02:35:05 pm »
FG Prospect Chat https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/eric-longenhagen-chat-8-2-18/

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3:10 Give me a current under the radar minor league arm who has a high risk/high reward profile as either a SP or fallback as an elite RP
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3:15 Hans Crouse, Lenny Torres, Tyler Ivey if the fastball ticks up, Francisco Morales

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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2018, 05:22:14 pm »
I love it that Seth Beer is advancing so quickly AND showing the versatility and athleticism to play in the outfield.
Second that!

PS: I remember seeing some of his highlights that included him throwing our at least one runner @ 3B & Home from RF.

PSS: Here ya go.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXf493kQyzw&ab_channel=ACCDigitalNetwork
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Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2018, 09:53:53 pm »
Second that!

PS: I remember seeing some of his highlights that included him throwing our at least one runner @ 3B & Home from RF.

PSS: Here ya go.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXf493kQyzw&ab_channel=ACCDigitalNetwork

I think Bob's comment was of the sarcastic variety as regards Longenhagen and McDaniel ranking Beer rather low at #15 and listing his position as DH.


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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2018, 10:33:58 pm »
I think Bob's comment was of the sarcastic variety as regards Longenhagen and McDaniel ranking Beer rather low at #15 and listing his position as DH.
Yes and enough people picked up on that positional assessment to worry me a bit. I have seen A.J. Reed play, and one of him is enough in any organization. He reminds me of a larger version of Duck Stuart (whom I have also seen live).
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« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2018, 10:41:01 pm »
Yes and enough people picked up on that positional assessment to worry me a bit. I have seen A.J. Reed play, and one of him is enough in any organization. He reminds me of a larger version of Duck Stuart (whom I have also seen live).

Of course, Dr. Strangeglove is far and away the most famous nickname for Stuart but here are some others:

  • Stonefingers
  • The Man with the Iron Glove
  • Boston Strangler

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« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2018, 10:57:15 pm »
I think Bob's comment was of the sarcastic variety as regards Longenhagen and McDaniel ranking Beer rather low at #15 and listing his position as DH.

Tks, Nate!  Missed the sarcasm.
Great thread!  Thanks for the updates.
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« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2018, 11:37:34 pm »
Interesting. Despite recent trades of young talent, MLB Pipeline lists Houston as having the 9th-best farm system after not having them ranked in their preseason list.

Obviously the stepping forward this year of a number of the young pitchers has not gone unnoticed.

https://www.mlb.com/news/top-10-farm-systems-in-mlb/c-288576958?tid=151437456

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« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2018, 11:56:07 am »
Of course, Dr. Strangeglove is far and away the most famous nickname for Stuart but here are some others:

  • Stonefingers
  • The Man with the Iron Glove
  • Boston Strangler

Clank is the one that I remember.
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2018, 01:06:02 pm »
Interesting. Despite recent trades of young talent, MLB Pipeline lists Houston as having the 9th-best farm system after not having them ranked in their preseason list.

Obviously the stepping forward this year of a number of the young pitchers has not gone unnoticed.

https://www.mlb.com/news/top-10-farm-systems-in-mlb/c-288576958?tid=151437456

And in their recent re-ranking, BA puts the Astros at #8.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/2018-mlb-organizational-talent-rankings/

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« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2018, 02:17:16 pm »
Highest K rates among all minor leaguers (hi-A and above) since July 10: #1 Framber Valdez (43.2%), #3 Josh James (39.6%), Tyler Ivey (38.3%) and Brandon Bailey (32.1%). Why the high K rates for Astros minor leaguers?

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...[it's due to] the organizational philosophy on pitch mixes. Ivey, James, and Valdez all rely heavily on a fastball-curveball combination, nor is that unique throughout the org. According to [Eric] Longenhagen, basically every pitcher in the system features some combination of a high-spin fastball (thrown at the top of the zone) and high-spin breaking ball (thrown just below the zone).

Also Abraham Toro shows up in a table of "The Matt Carpenters of AA"--the 10 hitters with the best combo of high contact/low groundball rates. At 21, he was the youngest player on the list (the other 9 ranged in age from (23-27).

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-fringe-five-baseballs-most-compelling-fringe-prospects-118/

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2018, 04:02:16 pm »
Well the prospect gurus are finally picking up on Bryan Abreu. FG added him at #28 to their prospect board with Longenhagen saying:

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...has generated varying reports throughout the year, at times 92-94 with a 50 breaking ball and 40 control (which is barely a prospect) and others when he’s been up to 97, sitting 94-95 with big vertical action on one of two his breaking balls.

I think the fastball (which is pretty straight) plays better out of the bullpen and I’m skeptical of Abreu’s short-term walk rate improvement because I’ve still got scouts questioning his command and it’s been an issue for Abreu in the past.

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/daily-prospect-notes-8-15-18/

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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2018, 05:54:56 pm »
BA out with their annual survey of best tools in each of the full season leagues. Among the Astros noted:

Best hitting prospect: K. Tucker (PCL)
Best baserunner: Myles Straw (TL)
Fastest baserunner: Myles Straw (TL)
Best pitching prospect: Forrest Whitley (TL)
Best changeup: Rogelio Armenteros (PCL), Forrest Whitley (TL)
Best control: Trent Thornton (PCL)
Best defensive 1B: Taylor Jones (TL)
Best defensive 3B: Abraham Toro (CL)
Best outfield arm: Myles Straw (TL)
Most exciting player: K. Tucker (PCL)
Best manager prospect: Rodney Linares (PCL), Omar Lopez (TL), Morgan Ensberg (CL)

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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2018, 06:42:30 am »
BA out with their annual survey of best tools in each of the full season leagues. Among the Astros noted: ...
Best manager prospect: Rodney Linares (PCL), Omar Lopez (TL), Morgan Ensberg (CL)

I thought this part in particular was pretty amazing -- to have the top managerial prospect in three different leagues?
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« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2018, 01:15:33 pm »
BA out with their annual survey of best tools in each of the full season leagues. Among the Astros noted:

Best hitting prospect: K. Tucker (PCL)
Best baserunner: Myles Straw (TL)
Fastest baserunner: Myles Straw (TL)
Best pitching prospect: Forrest Whitley (TL)
Best changeup: Rogelio Armenteros (PCL), Forrest Whitley (TL)
Best control: Trent Thornton (PCL)
Best defensive 1B: Taylor Jones (TL)
Best defensive 3B: Abraham Toro (CL)
Best outfield arm: Myles Straw (TL)
Most exciting player: K. Tucker (PCL)
Best manager prospect: Rodney Linares (PCL), Omar Lopez (TL), Morgan Ensberg (CL)

I just listened to Luhnow's comments pre-game yesterday. He thinks James has the best "stuff" in the system. Touches 100 on the FB. Control can be an issue. As previously reported they had McCann catch him recently.

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« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2018, 01:25:39 pm »
I could have sworn I read something recently about him, where it was more mid 90s.  I wonder if the 100 is just hype, or legit.

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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2018, 02:07:57 pm »
I could have sworn I read something recently about him, where it was more mid 90s.  I wonder if the 100 is just hype, or legit.

I'm sure if he hit 100 once then he "throws 100". I don't know of anyone who did that consistently. But Luhnow has been hyping him all summer since his weight loss.
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2018, 03:14:52 pm »
NB A. J. Reed
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« Reply #39 on: August 21, 2018, 10:00:10 am »
NB A. J. Reed
I think he got some votes for "best buffet table manner".
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