(runs frigid digit down Chez Raoul de la Perlimpinpin’s guest list for D’Arnaud and Zunino)
D’Arnaud: D’Arnaud projects as a long-term everyday catcher with impressive receiving and leadership skills and adequate ability against baserunners. He’s expected to hit for above-average power, but his OBP may be very dependent on his batting average, given his indifferent walk rates. He is a career .286/.343/.474 hitter in the minors, and his peak major league numbers could be very much like that.
Zunino: Zunino projects as a long-term everyday catcher with adequate receiving skills, along with impressive field leadership and ability against baserunners. He’s expected to hit for above-average power, with good plate discipline helping to enhance his OBP even in years when his batting average slides a bit. He is two years younger than D’Arnaud.
Comparison: Both players have the ability to be All-Star catchers who contribute both offensively and defensively, if in slightly different ways.
D’Arnaud and Zunino are the two best catching prospects in baseball. Overall, I prefer Zunino very slightly, mostly because he is two years younger and has more time on the development curve.
Posted: February 18, 2013 at 08:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
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