Prospectus prospect props

Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein released his list of his top 11 White Sox prospects:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
Three-Star Prospects
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
Two-Star Prospects
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B

The top six are no surprise, of course, but he has some interesting names ahead of C.J. Retherford (and he talks about four more beyond 11).  Santeliz has a chance to break camp with the big-league club, but the rest are pure projection.  That said, he also took questions in a chat, and wasn’t so eager to compare Trayce Thompson to Mike Stanton.
Christian Marrero Reading Room:
*The White Sox are interested in Henry Blanco, according to his agent.  Anything that keeps Tyler Flowers from being A.J. Pierzynski’s backup is fine by me.
*The Cheat received an advance copy of The Bill James Handbook 2010 and notes Ozzie Guillen is continuing his path to normalcy.
*The Sun-Times guys had fun responding to yesterday’s trade rumor, with Joe Cowley and Chris De Luca sniping via Twitter.
*Rob Neyer responds to De Luca’s notion that Gordon Beckham was snubbed.
*De Luca was named the Sun-Times’ sports editor.
Arizona Fall League:

  • Peoria Javelinas 24, Peoria Saguaros 15
    • Jordan Danks went 3-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk and two strikeouts.
    • Brent Morel had four hits, including his first AFL homer, and three RBI.
    • Sergio Santos allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two.

But wait, there’s more!  A guy at shares AFL video. There’s footage of Jordan Danks there, but we’ve seen him before. Here are two guys new to video:
[vimeo][/vimeo] Brent Morel – Arizona Fall League – 2009 from David Pratt on Vimeo.
[vimeo][/vimeo] C.J. Retherford – Arizona Fall League – 2009 from David Pratt on Vimeo.

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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why, exactly, would flowers as a back up to AJ be such a terrible idea?


anytime you drastically alter a promising young players development its a terrible idea
blanco provides a perfect 1 year stop gap solution


Also, there is always the possibility that Kenny would keep him in AAA to showcase him for potential trades (Dexter Carter). If he hits well there his value will stay high as opposed to the hit it might take if he gets to the majors and struggles (ala Saltalamachia [sp.[?]).
I would say I’m neutral about trading him, but if it’s in the right deal then I wouldn’t be opposed. (especially since, according to his chat yesterday, Greenstein thinks his swing is full of holes) A.J.’s aged well thus far and I could see him coming back while they develop another catching prospect. (possible the Venezualan kid)


Flowers swing did look fairly long to me, but that observation is based on a very small sample size.
Anyway, if Greenstein declared Tylers’ swing as flawed, why did he list him as a four star prospect?


Because Flowers doesn’t need any help learning how to watch college football, which is probably all that AJ would provide.