Baseball America just released their Midseason Prospect Report and most notably, Cody Bellinger is no longer a prospect. Go figure – I guess hitting 25 HR for the Dodgers does bad things to your prospect status. This time, the Dodgers have only four prospects in the Top 100.
- Willie Calhoun jumped from #92 to #73 – That’s what happens when you hit those long-balls.
- Yadier Alvarez dropped from #26 to #59 – That’s what being fat between the ears will get you.
- Alex Verdugo jumped up to #35 from #58 – That’s what happens when you hit .350.
- Walker Freaking Buehler went from Not Rated to #17! – Wow! That’s what happens when you are really, really good!
Buehler jumped ahead of Michael Kopech, the White Sox phenomenon who can throw like 150. Anytime the Dodgers talk trade, the other teams are asking for Buehler and Verdugo. I would not entertain trading either one and teams are losing interest in Alvarez who looks to me to be a closer. Baseball America wrote this about Buehler and Kopech:
A scout who has seen both Kopech and Buehler said he loved both of their arms, but it was Buehler’s stuff that left him shaking his head.
“It’s in the top group of arms I’ve seen,” the scout said. “He’s got No. 1-type starter stuff. He’s got four pitches that all have a chance to be average or better. Everything was electric. Everything was a swing and miss pitch.”
“His arm is fast,easy and loose,” the scout said. “He’s a future No.1. … I’d take either one of them right now,” the scout said, “but Buehler is more refined. Even though they are at the same level, Buehler is more advanced.”
BA went on to say that Buehler sat at 97-98 MPH, didn’t dip below 96 and touched 99 and that his fastball has “solid late movement.” They also said that “Buehler attacks and gets ahead of hitters.”
Walker Buehler is likely be in the Dodgers’ rotation next year. Kershaw, Wood, Buehler, Hill and Mac?
Rants and Raves
- The Cubs paid dearly to get Jose Quintana giving up Eloy Jimenez (Ranked #5) and Dylan Cease (#82) among others.
- On the previous thread, I saw AC’s link to Fanragsports. I like the idea of Zach Britton. Baltimore needs starters. Ryu and Maeda? What would it take?
- On Alex Verdugo: I heard he was not happy with batting 8th last night in the All-Star Game. “Well, you didn’t get a hit, so they were right! Grow up!” That may be his only issue.