ESPN's Keith Law held a chat on Thursday and here are some excerpts:
Scott (Cambridge, MA)
Matt Adams: Do you see him being a starting quality 1B or is he destined to be AAA fodder?
Adams is currently on an AFL roster, so I'll get a long look at him next month. Based on what I've heard from scouts, he has the hit and power tools to be an everyday 1b, but I do like my corner bats to show better walk rates.
Adams is hitting .304-.362-.573 with 31 HRs, 99 RBI, 79 runs and a 87-40 K/BB rate in 447 ABs in AA this season. Last year, in Low A, he hit .310-.355-.541 with 22 HRs, 88 RBI and 71 runs in 464 ABs. He was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft by the Cardinals.
Brian (Long Beach, CA)
Thanks for chatting Klaw. Is Brandon Allen an everyday player? I'm intrigued by the BB/ISO potential, but man those Ks... Kinda reminds me of Carlos Pena, at least offensively...haven't seen enough defensively.
I do not think he'll hit for enough average/make enough contact to get to the power.
I wonder if the Dbacks will be regretting dealing Allen in 2012, as he did everything asked of him in AAA. He increased his walks, hit for power, struck out a bit too much, but looks like he could be an everyday player. Arizona never really gave him a shot.
More excerpts after the jump:
Dennis (San Diego)
A lot of Giants fans are clamoring for Gary Brown to be a September call up. It seems a little early for that, but should they at least bump him up to AA?
I was very surprised they didn't move him up. Too old/experienced to spend the whole year in high-A.
Brown is hitting .336-.405-.513 with 12 HRs, 78 RBI, 108 runs, 50 SBs in 69 attempts, and a 73-44 K/BB rate in 538 ABs in High A this season. Brown should start the 2012 season in AA, and might see time in San Francisco in 2012, but more like in 2013. He should be picked up in keeper leagues, if available, or drafted in 2012 drafts. He has more power then expected, as he has 48 extra base hits this season.
Rahul (New York)
What have you heard on mason williams he a trout like player with less power
Saw him in June. Outstanding athlete. Not sure about the Trout comp, but Williams is pretty special. Best prospect in their low minors.
This is why I read Klaw, Jim Callis and Kevin Goldstein chats. To read about guys I haven't heard much about, and Williams is one of them. In 256 at bats in the New York Penn league, Williams is hitting .352-.399-.477 with 3 HRs, 31 RBI, 41 runs, 26 SBs in 38 attempts, and an excellent 39-20 K/BB rate. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by the Yankees, and I am sure we will be hearing plenty about him in the years to come;)
What are your thoughts on Cheslor Cuthbert? Ceiling/Likelihood?
I underranked him last month. Potential star. Good probability for a prospect at his age/level.
And here is another guy I haven't read much on this year. Cuthbert is an 18 year old third base prospect in the Royals farm system-of course, where else would he be playing? OK, maybe Tampa, NYY or Boston, but the Royals have top prospect in the high minors as well as the low minors. Cuthbert is hitting .272-.348-.406 with 8 HRs, 49 RBI, 30 runs and a 62-33 K/BB rate in 283 at bats in low A this season. The stats don't yell star to me, but apparently the tools are there, and he is only 18 playing in Low A ball.