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zitoforpres wrote: i thought Law hated the A's?Also, Gray is a reliever, and a non prospect at this point.
Age: 23Top 2012 level: AAA (Sacramento)Key stat: 0.5 HR/9
Like Grossman, Gray dropped off the top 100 this year because of questions about his ceiling. The A's worked with Gray on taking a little off his fastball, which would sit in the mid-90s but lacked sink or life, so he could generate more ground balls, which he did, but the tradeoff was that he missed a lot fewer bats, striking out fewer than six per nine inning in 2012.
He'll also need to keep working on that changeup to be more effective against left-handed hitters. He has the athleticism and makeup to start, and can hold his velocity, but has to miss more bats or he'll end up a (very good) reliever instead."http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb...sed-top-100-mlb
Posted: 02/05/2013 10:34 AM
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Posted: 02/05/2013 12:54 PM
zitoforpres wrote: Law's always been big on Gray going back to the draft. He's doing nothing during his minor league career to warrant legit prospect status, and he will probably end up being a reliever who only pitches to righties.
Posted: 02/05/2013 1:58 PM
I think you are giving over-reacting to Addison Russell's strong performance in the lower minors after the draft. You have him 12 spots higher than Byron Buxton a player you had at the top of the draft. He has good speed but his K% was a bit high.
Begging the question. Russell's ranking isn't a reflection of his pro performance - Buxton hit pretty well in pro ball too. Russell's ranking is a reflection of how much more likely he seems now to be able to stay at short, and how advanced his overall approach was in pro ball. I heard from more than one source that, in a redraft today, Russell would be the top guy. Having seen Russell myself in July, I'm buying it.
Go out on a limb - who are your top 3-5 prospects next year
I'd just move up whoever hasn't graduated from the list - Yelich, Bogaerts, Lindor, Russell, Walker.
Posted: 02/05/2013 2:25 PM
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Funny that Law hates the A's, and he's the one prospect guy whose word you consider gospel.
Except that he likes Gray, so you have to disagree with him there.
Posted: 02/05/2013 7:19 PM
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zitoforpres wrote: let's hope this keeps the A's from taking boring, safe first round college guys.
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Posted: 02/06/2013 4:56 AM
BanditoB wrote: zitoforpres wrote: let's hope this keeps the A's from taking boring, safe first round college guys.Agree. Billy and staff have done a pretty solid job spotting the high school talent over the years, but shied away from drafting it early. Odd that before Russell, Chavez was the last high school hitter drafted in the 1st round by the A's.I think Billy had a change of draft philosophy after passing on Trout. Glad to have Fuson back. Looking like a great pick in Russell so far, love the 2012 draft.
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