Monday, July 10, 2006

What to Make of Minor League Baseball's First Half

This is going to be a short post but I thought I would check in. I have been taking care of some family issues at home of late and could not think of anything much to write.

So I thought I would post some thoughts from the first half of the Tigers farming....

  • Cameron Maybin is really good. Most thought it was possible that he would eventually be very good. However I don't think I am alone in being at least somewhat surprised by how good he has been early on. There are things to work on and he also hasn't shown the HR power just yet. But HR power is supposed to be the last part of a players game to develop. I had a chance to watch him for the first time in the futures game. And he is lightning quick down the line. He is what I envision when someone says 5 tool prospect

  • The hitting in general beyond that is weak. Larish is the only other hitter that I have any confidence in and he isn't taking out the FSL like an advanced prospect really should. There is hope for him but he needs to improve parts of his game including his contact rate.

  • Humberto Sanchez is good. For anyone that saw him in the Futures Game you could see why he is doing so well. He can throw his pitches for strikes and keeps the ball on the ground. He is a special prospect if he stays healthy. I think that he could get out MLB hitters right now. He could be a big part of the stretch drive as trade bait, a spot starter, or help in the bullpen.

  • Jair Jurrjens is good too. He is only 20 in AA ball and has been pretty good there as well. He has plenty of room to grow and add velocity. He throws a fastball in the low 90's and has a total of 4 pitches that are average to above average that he controls in the zone. Overall he is a good prospect.

There are certainly other players worth mention such as Ramon Garcia, Jordan Tata, and others. However I don't have that much time.

The Tigers first half is over. The MLB team is really rolling. Pitching will be the key again in the second half and it will be interesting to see if it can hold up. I am guessing that they make some sort of move at the break to pick up a hitter but I am not sure who or what they will get. At that point I will analyze the impact much like the Abreu thread. Perhaps I will analyze some of the rumored pickups.

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