First is a reminder that if you want to participate in the Reader Top 10 list to email me your Top 10 prospects by Wednesday. I will compile all of the votes and release the Reader Top 10 next Thursday.
Ben Badler has up a piece on the AFL right now at Baseball America and has some information on Chris Heisey. Here is some of it, but go read the whole article.
From David Bell:
“He can do so many things—he’s such a well-rounded player. There’s not anything that he can’t do, and he does a lot of things very well. I think this league has been good for him. It’s given him a little more time to just gain that confidence.”
From a scout:
“He gets out a little on his front side, but he has such good hands, especially on the inner half,” said one scout. “He’s got solid-average tools across the board. I don’t see any major weaknesses and or any great pluses. For me, he might be a fourth outfielder who plays as an occasional starter. He’s really surprised me.”
There is some more, so go read up.
Ken Griffey Sr was named the Dayton Dragons hitting coach for the 2010 season according to Mark Katz at the Dayton Daily News. Last years hitting coach Tony Jaramillo will likely be placed somewhere else in the system.
MinorLeagueBall.com’s John Sickels just got back from the Arizona Fall League and was taking questions from the readers. Here is his take on Yonder Alonso:
Very quick bat, strong command of the strike zone. I think he’ll be an excellent hitter. With the glove….I dunno, some people were actually saying he has enough mobility and arm strength to move to third base, but I dont’ buy that. He lacks speed and won’t play outfield.
It is pretty interesting that some think he could play 3B. I wonder if the Reds will ever go down that road again (rumors were that he would try it when he was drafted but the Reds put an end to that at the end of 2008)?
Sickels also named Heisey as a sleeper type of prospect…. kind of. Here is the Q/A for that one:
Give us a sleeper prospect, John.
Someone that you saw and liked who came into the AFL with lesser prospect hype than most.
He’s not really a “sleeper” in that sense, but Chris Heisey has convinced most scouts that he’s for real.
The Puerto Rican Winter League begins today. Here is a list of players from the Reds who are listed:
- Camilo Vazquez
- Jose Castro
- Alex Oliveras
- Federico Baez
- Juan Silva
- Todd Frazier
It appears that one team has folded, leaving less room for players this year. It is interesting to note that Neftali Soto was on that team and is not on another team this season despite some of his teammates last season being on other teams.