I’m sure by now most of you have seen the list of names invited to spring training.
I don’t really have a lot to add that has not already been said about some of the prospects invited up. I will say it’s definitely encouraging to see fewer minor league free agents with each year being invited. A few quick takes of each group by position:
SP- Jess Todd, Clayton Mortensen, Adam Ottavino, Tyler Herron, P.J. Walters (5) – It’ll be interesting for me to see La Runcan’s take on Jess Todd once they see him and how that will compare player development’s take. Relief could be a shortcut for Todd to reach the big leagues, but it may not maximize his value, however I’m still not sold that he’s a starting pitcher anyhow. Mortensen and Dave Duncan are a match made in heaven. It’ll be Mort’s second camp. Watching how TLR/DD perceive Walters could be telling of P.J.’s future.
RP- Fernando Salas, Francisco Samuel, Ian Ostlund (3) – I had to do a double take when I saw Samuel on the list, but come to think of it, it’s not surprising that a rare power arm like Samuel’s is at big league camp and hopefully the coaching staff can help him iron out the command issues, because that’s the only thing keeping him back from being accepted among the truly elite talent in the minors. KLaw sees him as a potential Top 100 prospect for 2010.
OF- Colby Rasmus, Jon Jay (2) – Leach offers the interesting tidbit that Colby will be wearing a big league #28 in camp. I don’t have much to say on Jay other than I’m thrilled that he was invited because he certainly is deserving. Unfortunately, it’s quite a crowd out there.
IF- Brett Wallace, David Freese, Allen Craig, Joe Thurston (4) – The competition for “Who’s at the Hot Corner?” just got a lot more interesting with Glaus now out for a month or so. Freese is the overwhelming favorite, as Wallace could use more time to work on his glove, ditto Allen Craig. I can’t help but to pull for the dark horse Craig to at least make some noise.
C – Bryan Anderson, Steven Hill, Arnoldi Cruz, Luis De La Cruz, Matt Pagnozzi, Justin Knoedler (6) – How many years is this now for Anderson? It’s interesting to me to see how he’s still a top ten prospect in most rankings but has slid down from the top five towards the bottom of the list, and it seems like everywhere you turn, doubts come up. I haven’t seen Anderson play other than a once a couple years ago, but I don’t get all the fuss. His defense isn’t perfect, but he’s still young and has improved at getting the job done, even if it isn’t pretty. Yes, he seems to cool every 2nd half of the season and that’s worrisome, but again, he’s young and the stamina issue hopefully will get resolved in time. Maybe he does bust, a lot of catching prospects do. I guess I’m just knee-jerking to what seems like a lot of people lately dwelling on Anderson’s negatives. Hill and Cruz are the two non-catching catchers hoping to gain some instruction on how to improve at the position. Godspeed to them, because their future in baseball probably depends on it.
The side story in camp has to be who is the player to be named later in the Khalil Greene deal? Is it any of these guys? We know it’s two relievers and an outfielder on their list to chose from