Draft has just happened, now followed by a frenzy
of activity to sign, and assign, newbies to rookie leagues, which start shortly.
Pretty soon, there will be
whole new batch of guys to evaluate as to who's hot, who's not.WHOO-HOO!
For now, we still have our
gents in AAA, AA, HI A, and A ball to rate.
WHO’S HOT?WHO’S NOT?
From a team perspective, W-L
records of the 4 teams hover near .500.
Las Vegas was a house on fire early, but has
sputtered mightily due to numerous call ups contributing to a huge lapse in
offense, and 3 really struggling starters (Bowman,
Gorski, and Pill).
At the other extreme,
Savannah sputtered to a 7-16 start. Followed by a 25-11 storm surge, as hitting
and starting and relief pitching all clicked.
Another factor in the relatively high number of losses for the 4 teams has been the losses aided and abetted by rehabbers Vic Black and Bobby Parnell. Both thankfully have been shaping up finally.
The overall win-loss records to me understate the quality and quantity of very good players percolating upward.
Individually, who's hot remains pretty consistent.
Lots of guys in fact have done very well.
Here are my thoughts right
Matz, Casey Meisner, Robert Gsellman, and Brad Wieck have been terrific.
Morris, Dave Roseboom, and Paul Sewald have been superb.
Hitters who have excelled have been Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Gavin
Cecchini, Dominic Smith, Travis Taijeron, Wuilmer Becerra, Eudor Garcia,Johnny Monell, and Matt Reynolds.A few have had prolonged slumps along the
way, but been brilliant at other times.
Up-and-comers doing almost
as well include Amed Rosario and Luis
Guillorme, Rob Whelan, and Rainy Lara.
That gets me to 20. I
could easily add some more (like Kelly
Secrest and injured Brandon Nimmo, and Jonathan Johnson is ready to bump into
the top 20), but I will stop there.
Highlights, season to
·Homers: Alex Castellanos 11 (Travis Taijeron, Josh Rodriguez 10)