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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Baseball America - Best Tools In The Minors

Best Defensive Outfielder

Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
Cristian Pache, OF, Braves
Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers
Magneuris Sierra, OF, Marlins
Braden Bishop, OF, Mariners

The greats make everything look easy, and Victor Robles makes the difficult task of playing center field look remarkably sol. With elite speed, a big arm and amazing natural reflexes and reads, Robles takes care of everything in center field in all directions to give the Nationals a future Gold Glove candidate. Christian Pache draws similar raves at the lower levels, while Brett Phillips already has shown flashes of elite defense at all three outfield spots in the majors. Magneuris Sierra and Braden Bishop are elite defensive center fielders who edged out a strong crop of remaining candidates, including the Braves’ Ronald Acuna, the Reds’ Jose Siri and the Indians’ Greg Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: April 04, 2018 at 03:21 PM (#5648168)
I see the new web format is consistent with the new printed format.....huge pictures and large font to minimize providing information.

I have read the magazine for over 30 years but I will not be renewing my subscription when it expires this summer. What is the best place to look for minor league information now? Do I just go to MILB.com and D1Baseball for coverage?
   2. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: April 04, 2018 at 03:38 PM (#5648186)
I hate this redesign. Many past articles are hard to find / links are broken; it's a real mess.
They are still worth my money (I renewed within the last week) - they have a ton of irreplaceable content and smart/knowledgeable writers but ... ugh.
   3. Hank Gillette Posted: April 04, 2018 at 04:20 PM (#5648232)
Victor Robles can play an elite center field, but can he hit? The Nationals already have a very good center fielder who can’t hit a lick in Michael A. Taylor.
   4. bfan Posted: April 04, 2018 at 06:20 PM (#5648314)
I can hold my nose (barely) and get past ratings which have Ohtani as the best prospect, but how on earth can you rate him as having the 3rd best fastball in the minors, when he has never played in the minors and except for a rehab assignment, never will?
   5. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 04, 2018 at 06:50 PM (#5648319)
Victor Robles can play an elite center field, but can he hit? The Nationals already have a very good center fielder who can’t hit a lick in Michael A. Taylor.

Robles has been a much better hitter in the minors than Taylor was.
   6. Hank Gillette Posted: April 04, 2018 at 07:49 PM (#5648333)
Robles has been a much better hitter in the minors than Taylor was.


That’s good to hear. I actually like Taylor, but it is painful to watch him with a bat in his hand.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 04, 2018 at 07:54 PM (#5648335)
The Nationals already have a very good center fielder who can’t hit a lick in Michael A. Taylor.

While that's a fair assessment of the 2014-16 Taylor, he did put up an .806 OPS, 105 OPS+ last season in 432 PA.
   8. Cris E Posted: April 05, 2018 at 09:18 AM (#5648493)
how on earth can you rate him as having the 3rd best fastball in the minors, when he has never played in the minors and except for a rehab assignment, never will?

The same way you compare a west coast AAA fastball with an east coast AA fastball, you wing it. This whole exercise is just a lot of youtube, guys comparing anecdotes and some half-hearted poking at stat sets with tiny amounts of common data. It's probably pretty accurate, but you definitely don;t want to watch the sausage getting made.
   9. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: April 05, 2018 at 09:46 AM (#5648506)
They are still worth my money (I renewed within the last week) - they have a ton of irreplaceable content and smart/knowledgeable writers but ... ugh.


Especially for college ball... I still read all the minor league stuff, but the fact is that there are now lots of sources on minor league tracking available that wasn't ~20 years ago. However, they're still top of the heap on college coverage. Lots of individual team spaces (which obviously tend to be just fanboyism) - but as a more aloof observer primarily looking at guys as MLB prospects, there's not a whole lot besides BA.

But yes... definitely put me down as displeased with the redesign, too.
   10. Greg K Posted: April 05, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5648534)
Two Jays (Vlad Jr. #1 and Bo Bichette #5) on the list of best hitters in the minors.

The Bautista/Edwin/Donaldson/Martin window has closed, but perhaps the next one isn't so far away!
   11. Hank Gillette Posted: April 08, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5649892)
While that's a fair assessment of the 2014-16 Taylor, he did put up an .806 OPS, 105 OPS+ last season in 432 PA.


I was encouraged by last year. I thought that getting regular at bats for the first time in the majors might be helping him figure things out. A good defensive center fielder who is roughly an average hitter has value. So far, this year, it doesn’t seem to be the case. In the games I’ve seen, he looks totally lost at the plate, and is striking out in ⅓ of his plate appearances. Admittedly, it is still a small sample size, but he currently has an OPS+ of -14. Yikes! I didn’t even know you could go negative in OPS+.

As I said, I like Taylor. He always looks so earnest when he is batting. I know the guy is trying as hard as he can, but if he doesn’t break out pretty soon, he’s going to find himself back in AAA while the Nats try alternatives.

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