Re: Prospect rankings season
posted at 1/6/2014 11:12 AM EST
I'm not sure I would put Alex Hassan as high as #10 but he has definitely surpassed Brentz (in my opinion) Brentz is like a Will Middlebrooks to me, except his ability to make contact may or may not be worse than Wills. And if that is the case then his power my never really translate to the MLB level like WMB's has. Hassan may not have the power, but he seems to have everything else, his defense has improved enough to play an adaquate LF, and although he doesn't have that prototypical power we like to see in corner outfielders he does have good contact, and on base skills. At the very least I think he could be a productive bench player and I think he gets to contribute to the team in some capacity this year.
I actually like Webster a lot, but I am starting to get a little low on him. I think his pure stuff is as good as almost anyone out there. If we went by raw stuff alone you could make the argument that he is the most talented pitcher in our organization, but he his ability to throw it all together has been slow. If he ever figures it out he could easily be a #2 pitcher which is why he is still likely on most peoples top 10 list. One thing to keep in mind with Webster is the fact that he is much younger to the art of pitching than his age suggests; due to the fact that he only started pitching in college. Perhaps this means he has more progress and the ability to make another leap forward....this year will be telling.
I think if we were to plug him into the rotation now, we would see something very similar to Dice-K. Good stuff with the ability to miss bats but horrible control that seems to limit his success every other start. So we would see dominate games followed by 2-3 inning failures. I'm hoping that worst case scenario with him is a very effective late inning reliever, which he could probably be with his fastball alone in short bursts.
I'm really high on Cecchini, I know the defense is so so and the power hasn't come yet but it seems like he has EVERYTHING else. If the power was there for him, I could see him being a top 10 prospect in all of baseball with his hit tool and on base skills....but that's just my opinion.
Reminds me of Clay Bucholtz in 2008 and Lester when he first came into the league. Do you remember how wild Lester was when he was first starting and he could never make it past 5 innings... and Clay teased us with that no hitter followed up by one of the most terrible starting performances I have seen by a Sox starter. Classic tease until they weren't.
There is something Webster has... there are very few players who can get a fastball to move as much as he can. There is so little predictability with him, that he is literally a lottery ticket.
Webster has yet to put together that consistent dominant stretch even though his stuff is off the charts. Difference is that Clay teased us... Ranauado has shown consistent stretches where he teased us and put it all together. Owens has shown us consistent dominant stretches. Barns has shown us consistent dominant stretches.
When I think of Webster, I think if Ricky Vaughn... get him some glasses! Worked in the movie