There was plenty of prospect goodness in Keith Law's Thursday afternoon chat, so here are more excerpts:
Ouch. Will Arenado be forced across the diamond to first base due to his below average fielding? He certainly has the bat, as he hit .298-.349-.487 with 20 HRs, 32 doubles, 122 RBI and an excellent 53-47 K/BB rate in High A this season. He should move to AA Tulsa in 2012, and could see time in the big leagues in 2013.
The fact that the Red Sox and Cubs are still negotiating over compensation for the Cubs signing Epstein tells you how valuable the Cubs feel about him joining their ballclub. Cubs fans should be very excited about this move, and the new owner Ricketts has the team headed in the right direction already, especially if they sign Ryne Sandberg to be their new manager, as is rumored.
More chat excerpts after the jump:
Avila or Wieters
Long term I'm still taking Wieters.
Alex Avila broke out in 2011, hitting .295-.389-.506 with 19 HRs, 82 RBI and 63 runs scored, but I am high on Matt Wieters in 2012. I think Wieters approach 25 HRs-80 RBI in 2012.
Mike (San Diego)
With Hedges clearly getting love from scouts, would it be too early for you to slap a big league comp on him?
I don't like doing comps, because they tend to be misleading and I view players as unique skillsets. He's a plus catcher, plus arm, chance to hit for average with 15-20 homer power (at least). I think that's an All-Star ceiling.
Hedges is Austin Hedges, the Padres second round pick in the 2011 draft. Dynasty and keeper league owners should watch how he performs in 2012, as he will probably start in Low A. Or maybe you just grab him in this year's draft, as there aren't many All Star catchers floating around the minors.