Control is the only thing keeping Samuel from rocketing through the Cardinals system. His stuff was generally unhittable—Vero Beach pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein likened it to Jose Valverde‘s—but patient hitters found they could work him for walks.
The Jose Valverde comparison is pretty interesting, and obviously it would have to be based only on stuff, as Papa Grande has a hundred pounds or so on El Mosquito. You also have to wonder if he will add even more to his 94-98 MPH fastball as he fills out. There’s a lot to dream on with Samuel, you just hope that he gets his control to at least a passable level.
In a chat, Jones was said to have just missed the list.
He was the toughest guy to leave off the list…Jones doesn’t really have an overwhelming tool, although his arm is his only really below average one. There are a lot of 50s and 55s there on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, as he’s an average hitter and has average power. He’s a very solid player and the fact that he didn’t sneak on to the back of this top 20 doesn’t mean he’s not a prospect. He was No. 21 on this list.
No overwhelming tool? Wha? I don’t get this. BA has been trumpeting Jones’ tools year after year, and when he finally puts them together into game usable skills, they downplay them. Even if what he says about his hit tools is true, he has well above average speed, so to say he has no overwhelming tool is just not true.
This is absurd.