Pretty straightforward here. Three prospects that took a step forward in 2010, and three that did not. Let me know y’alls three up/three down in the comment section, too.
- Shelby Miller (Quad Cities/RHP/1990): While Miller was already the top prospect in the system entering 2010, he certainly raised his stock with some exceptional results. In 97.5 IP, Miller posted a 2.75 FIP, with a 11.52 K/9 to boot. While Miller did struggle with some consistency inning to inning, some of the hits that fell can be chalked up to bad luck (.358 BABIP). Miller strengthened all three of his pitches in ’10, and has some talent evaluators wondering if there’s a pitching prospect in baseball with higher upside.
- Oscar Taveras (Johnson City/CF/1992): Taveras enteted the year relatively unknown to most of us, but a hot July, projectable frame, and five-tool skill set has me thinking big upside. Taveras is a left-handed hitting international signing from the Dominican Republic, with the arm and speed to play center. Just 18-years-old, Taveras is a big kid at 6’2 and 180 lbs, with room to fill out. He posted a line of .321/.361/.524 with 8 homers, 13 doubles, and 3 triples. Taveras had some good luck on his side, and struggled against left-handed pitchers, but at with his age and tools, he has plenty of room for development.
- Matt Carpenter (Springfield/3B/1985): Carpenter took a step forward in 2010 at two levels, both low-A Palm Beach, and AA Springfield. While the knock on Carpenter has always been that he won’t hit for enough power at a corner, Carpenter showed signs of some pop at Springfield with a park+luck-adjusted SLG of .452 coupled with an exceptional .410 OBP. I still don’t think above-average power will be part of his game in the majors, but his ability to get on-base exemplified in ’10 showed me he has actual potential to get to the majors.
- Daryl Jones (Springfield/OF/1987): Jones stunk. See my post from last week… Major disappointment this year.
- Lance Lynn (Memphis/RHP/1987): Lynn took a step backwards in his first attempt at AAA-Memphis. After a stelar stint at Springfield in 2009, Lynn had trouble keeping the ball in the park with a 1.13/9 in 2010. While his strikeout and walk-rates improved, Lynn was very hittable, allowing 164 hits in as many innings. I’m certainly not ready to dismiss Lynn’s potential as a solid middle of the rotation arm who can eat bulk innings, it would have been nice to see Lynn have a little more success in ’10.
- Robert Stock (Quad Cities/C/1989): Stock was a pick that many, including me, loved from the 2009 pull. He had success early in his first year of pro-ball at Johnson City, getting on-base, hitting for power, and showing potential for some above-average receiving skills behind the plate. However, since his promotion to Quad Cities, he’s been putrid at the plate. He was .213/.300/.277 in 2010.