Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com is rolling out his Top 50 prospect list, and has Brett Wallace at # 42. With his report, there’s a video of him in action.
Ryan Fagan of Yahoo! has some scout talk on the Walrus as well.
“Let’s put it this way: If he was a better third baseman, I think we’d be talking about him being ready for a starting job this spring. He’s that good…Problem is, defensively he’s a question mark. His agility, actually, is OK for as big as he is. He’s a pretty agile guy. He makes good plays—he can dive for the ball, pop up and get the throw to first—but when you’re projecting him, he’s not going to get any smaller and he’s not going to get any faster. He’s at least average at third at 22, but is he going to be OK at 26 or 28? And his throwing arm is OK. He doesn’t have a classic third baseman’s rocket arm. He can get it over there, but it’s not the ‘Oh, wow’ that you want at third base.
He can hit, but he might not be able to stay at third base. You don’t say.
Tony Cruz makes BA’s Hawaiian League Top 20 on a technicality. In their print edition they actually have someone else, but then they realized the player they ranked threw 7.2 innings. I guess it’s better to be ranked because of a goof than to not be ranked at all. It’s subscriber content.
Ben Badler gives us some context on the Arizona Fall League. The league average slash line was .293/.365/.473, so yeah, I’d say it was a hitter’s league. Steve Hill led the Cards with an OPS+ of 133. Wallace was next with 128, followed by Tyler Greene at 111, and Robinson brings up the rear with 89.
If the Cards get outbid on LOOGY’s this winter, they easily could land one in the Rule 5 draft.
Jon Jay and Allen Craig are in a dead heat for the # 14 spot at Bird Land, so be sure to vote. That is a tough call.
Here’s how some of the Cardinal prospects are faring in the Caribbean Leagues:
- Bryan Anderson is hitting for a bizarre .240/.406/.240 in 25 at bats for Jose Oquendo’s Carolina Gigantes.
- His battery mate P.J. Walters is an oddity of his own. In 19.1 innings, he has 24 K’s to 7 walks but has allowed 28 hits and is sporting an ERA of 6.52.
- Luke Gregerson finally allowed a run. In 17.1 innings, he has an ERA of 0.52, with 13 K’s to 2 walks and 13 hits allowed. Gregerson’s pitching in Venezuela for the Margarita Braves.