Quick post on some of recent tweets from the prospect experts, including Jim Callis at Baseball America, and Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus and a piece from Jason Grey's article on Brett Lawrie:
Talked to one of smartest scouts I know. Thought Shelby Miller was the best pitcher he saw all year. #stlcards
He has ace potential and could be up in St. Louis come 2012.
Just talked to someone back from the DR, says #Rangers 1B Chris Davis has looked lost at the plate down there.
Its the winter league, and he could be working on stuff, but if he doesn't start producing at the major league level, the "bust" label may be appropriate.
I guess we know why Boston didn't want to deal him to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.
More after the jump:
Pineda has highest ceiling, Minor lowest. @dsistaro: In terms of highest ceiling does order 1) Sale 2) Minor 3) Pineda 4) Castro sound good?
I like Minor too. Simon Castro has a higher ceiling than Minor?? Interesting.
So the hype machine can take a break for a little while now.
Hosmer: June 2012. C: Jesus Montero or Wil Myers, if they can C. @patrick_obrien9: when will hosmer be called up? who's next top C prospect?
Callis has some question about Montero's catching abilities as well. He didn't say "can't" though.
We'll have to see what Casey Kelly can do in AA San Antonio in 2011, but Simon Castro, who I assume is the #2 Padres prospect, pitched very well there.
Jason Grey on Brett Lawrie
"The package, the upside, the ceiling he has is potentially as a five-tool player," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told the Toronto Star after the deal was completed.
Lawrie's offensive upside makes him a prospect to watch, and he's worth stashing away in dynasty formats. There's risk here given that really he lacks a defensive home at this point, not to mention some of the other questions about him. However, I do think some of those things get a little overblown at times, and if he does what he's capable of with the bat, those concerns will be lessened. He's in the top five among second-base prospects right now, but he'll have to prove himself to stay there.