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Prospects Chats: Excerpts from Mike Newman Chat

Fangraph's and Scouting the Sally's Mike Newman held a prospect chat over at Fangraphs on Tuesday, and here are some excerpts:

Comment From Tyler 
Yonder Alonso's triple slashline as a MLB regular in 2012?


Mike Newman: 
I could see him replicating his AAA line. He has one of my absolute favorite swings ever and I've always felt he should hit much more than he has previously. Yes, I know he raked after being recalled.

I like Alonso, and Newman thinks he can hit .296-.374-.486 in 2012. I think he will probably play left field if he is not traded in the offseason. Alomso could hit 15-20 HRs in 2012 with regular playing time as well.

Comment From Mark 
Did Banuelos season change his prospect outlook at all?


Mike Newman: 


Not really. He was very young for his level of competition and did just fine. I think the perception that his prospect status is somehow diminished was a bit of that NY Yankee hype machine. The expectations entering 2011 was pretty unrealistic in retrospect.

Banuelos went 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and a 125-71 K/BB rate as a 20 year old in AA and AAA this season. His K/9 and BB/9 are headed in he wrong direction as he moves up to higher levels in the minors. His K/9 dropped from 11.8 in 2010 to 8.7 in 2011, and his BB/9 increased from 3.5 in 2010 to 4.9 in 2011, so he has to work on his control before he pitches in Yankee Stadium. Then again, he is only 20, so he has plenty of time.

More excerpts after the jump:

Comment From Bret 

Would it possible to project a triple slash line for Anthony Gose, a couple years down the road, and in his peak?

Mike Newman: 

When I wrote him up in 2009, I mentioned Crawford-like HR/SB totals. However, he strikes out too much at this point to project as a high average guy. Would .270 20 HR 50 SB work for you? Sounds pretty awesome to me.

RG: Crawford-like HR/SB totals? Gose should be owned in every dynasty and AL-only/mixed keeper leagues right now. I am not sure he can get to those levels in power in the majors, but if he can cut the K rate down, you never know. Its looking more and more like Ed Wade got fleeced in the deal that sent Gose to Toronto for Brett Wallace.


The block quoting feature in the editor appears to not like Coveritlive s so I will not block quote the Q & A.

Comment From Larry 

When is Brett Jackson up with the Cubs this year, and what sort of production do you see?

Mike Newman: 

Jackson's AAA K totals scare me. I'm having flashes of Tyler Colvin as I type this.

RG: Ouch. I wonder if he ends up in Boston after all. Colvin barely saw the field in Chicago in 2012. He hit just .150-.204-.306 with 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 17 runs in 206 at bats in 2011. 

Comment From steve 

how does jenrry mejia fit in with the mets in the coming years?

Mike Newman: 



RG: I will keep that in mind for my NL-only drafts this season. I could see the Mets taking it slow on him after he was rushed to the big leagues in 2010. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has indicated he will sign a free agent closer this offseason, and the length of the contract he hands out will be a solid tell for fantasy owners.