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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    What did I do? Vlad will probably be a Top 20 prospect someday. Maybe Top 10 or 5. Bichette is well below that now and probably never will become a highly ranked prospect like that.
    Hopefully Bichette really is this good. Puts himself into the conversation with those top 10 prospects. One can wish lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atothe View Post
    Hopefully Bichette really is this good. Puts himself into the conversation with those top 10 prospects. One can wish lol
    Yeah I suppose he could play his way in to it! He seemingly gets multiple hits each day. I just didn't want people to think that I thought Vlad and Bichette were comparable right now as top notch prospects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Yeah I suppose he could play his way in to it! He seemingly gets multiple hits each day. I just didn't want people to think that I thought Vlad and Bichette were comparable right now as top notch prospects.
    I don't think it's that unreasonable. Bichette has put himself in the same conversation of prospects as Moniak and Rutherford as teenagers from the 2016 draft playing in Low A and he's performing with the best of them. Both those guys will be easy top 50, top 25 at midseason.

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    Clutchlings wrote an article on Bradley Jones



    https://clutchlings.blogspot.ca/2017...t-on-rise.html
    It's often easy to overlook a player. Bradley Jones was an 18th round pick out of the College of Charleston last June, and it was easy to peg him as a bat-first, limited defensively player. Certainly, Baseball America was not a huge fan of his overall game:

    Jones draws some comparisons to former College of Charleston teammate Carl Wise--a fourth round pick by the Blue Jays last June--but his tools aren't quite as loud. He was some versatility, actually playing shortstop over the summer, but he's been primarily a first baseman and corner outfielder for the Cougars. Jones has above-average power and hit 11 home runs this spring but is a free swinger, and the Cougars' home ballpark helps hitters. Jones is a low motor player with mostly average tools and has the look of a utility type with power.

    After hitting 6 Home Runs in his first month at Bluefield, it was easy to suggest that as a college player, Jones was a bit advanced for that level. In fact, I was surprised that he didn't start in Vancouver, but Christian Williams, who was taken in the 16th round a year earlier, was ahead of him on the 1st Base depth chart.

    Jones took off in August, hitting 9 Home Runs, en route to leading the Appy League in Homers, RBI, Total Bases, and Slugging. That made him worth another look, but with two similar players ahead of him in the system in Rowdy Tellez and Ryan McBroom, Jones was not a player to be included in any top prospect discussions. He was nowhere to be found in BA's Top Appy Prospects list and accompanying chat.

    Fast forward to this month, and that's all beginning to change.

    Jones, who went to Charleston as a shortstop, also played the corner outfield spots in college, in addition to 1st Base. At instructs last fall, he spent considerable time at 2nd and 3rd in order to enhance his versatility. That has allowed Lansing Manager Cesar Martin considerable flexibility this year to get Jones' potent bat into the Lugnuts lineup on a daily basis. And that's paid off in spades, as Jones trails teammate Bo Bichette in Midwest League hitting, and he's near the top in most offensive categories.

    More importantly, after hitting mostly 6th in the opening games of the season, he's settled in at the 5th spot, providing protection in the lineup for his former Bluefield teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Jones has played 1st, 3rd, 2nd, and seen time at DH as he's mashed his way to a 1.219 OPS through the first two-plus weeks of the season.

    At the plate, Jones has a balanced approach. Using only a slight leg kick, his bat drifts back slowly, and he brings his hands in tight to his body, getting his bat through the strike zone in time to consistently barrel up balls.

    A concern has to be a swing that can be long, creating a swing-and-miss element (27.7% K rate last year, 28.6% so far this year), he is showing some improved plate discipline

    Defensively, Jones is at least adequate at the moment, and will likely improve with experience. Not blessed with great speed, he has decent reactions to the ball, but has something of a crossfire throw, which allows him to unload the ball quickly after a smooth transfer, but he doesn't get a lot on it:

    While Jones has been feasting on pitching in the low minors, the truer test of his bat-to-ball skills will come when he reaches High A and then AA. Pitchers at those levels will have sharper command of their fastballs, and more effective secondary pitches. For the moment thought, even though he's overshadowed by teammates Guerrero Jr and Bichette, Jones has become arguably the most dangerous bat in the Lansing lineup. He leads the Midwest League in hits and Runs Batted In, is tied for 1st in Homers, and is 2nd in Average and Slugging.

    While there is some question as to where Bichette and Guerrero ultimately wind up on the field, Jones appears to be profiling as a super-utility guy, capable of playing a multitude of positions. The three should continue to move up the system ladder together, and it's time we start talking about Jones more as a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    Clutchlings wrote an article on Bradley Jones



    https://clutchlings.blogspot.ca/2017...t-on-rise.html
    It's often easy to overlook a player. Bradley Jones was an 18th round pick out of the College of Charleston last June, and it was easy to peg him as a bat-first, limited defensively player. Certainly, Baseball America was not a huge fan of his overall game:

    Jones draws some comparisons to former College of Charleston teammate Carl Wise--a fourth round pick by the Blue Jays last June--but his tools aren't quite as loud. He was some versatility, actually playing shortstop over the summer, but he's been primarily a first baseman and corner outfielder for the Cougars. Jones has above-average power and hit 11 home runs this spring but is a free swinger, and the Cougars' home ballpark helps hitters. Jones is a low motor player with mostly average tools and has the look of a utility type with power.

    After hitting 6 Home Runs in his first month at Bluefield, it was easy to suggest that as a college player, Jones was a bit advanced for that level. In fact, I was surprised that he didn't start in Vancouver, but Christian Williams, who was taken in the 16th round a year earlier, was ahead of him on the 1st Base depth chart.

    Jones took off in August, hitting 9 Home Runs, en route to leading the Appy League in Homers, RBI, Total Bases, and Slugging. That made him worth another look, but with two similar players ahead of him in the system in Rowdy Tellez and Ryan McBroom, Jones was not a player to be included in any top prospect discussions. He was nowhere to be found in BA's Top Appy Prospects list and accompanying chat.

    Fast forward to this month, and that's all beginning to change.

    Jones, who went to Charleston as a shortstop, also played the corner outfield spots in college, in addition to 1st Base. At instructs last fall, he spent considerable time at 2nd and 3rd in order to enhance his versatility. That has allowed Lansing Manager Cesar Martin considerable flexibility this year to get Jones' potent bat into the Lugnuts lineup on a daily basis. And that's paid off in spades, as Jones trails teammate Bo Bichette in Midwest League hitting, and he's near the top in most offensive categories.

    More importantly, after hitting mostly 6th in the opening games of the season, he's settled in at the 5th spot, providing protection in the lineup for his former Bluefield teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Jones has played 1st, 3rd, 2nd, and seen time at DH as he's mashed his way to a 1.219 OPS through the first two-plus weeks of the season.

    At the plate, Jones has a balanced approach. Using only a slight leg kick, his bat drifts back slowly, and he brings his hands in tight to his body, getting his bat through the strike zone in time to consistently barrel up balls.

    A concern has to be a swing that can be long, creating a swing-and-miss element (27.7% K rate last year, 28.6% so far this year), he is showing some improved plate discipline

    Defensively, Jones is at least adequate at the moment, and will likely improve with experience. Not blessed with great speed, he has decent reactions to the ball, but has something of a crossfire throw, which allows him to unload the ball quickly after a smooth transfer, but he doesn't get a lot on it:

    While Jones has been feasting on pitching in the low minors, the truer test of his bat-to-ball skills will come when he reaches High A and then AA. Pitchers at those levels will have sharper command of their fastballs, and more effective secondary pitches. For the moment thought, even though he's overshadowed by teammates Guerrero Jr and Bichette, Jones has become arguably the most dangerous bat in the Lansing lineup. He leads the Midwest League in hits and Runs Batted In, is tied for 1st in Homers, and is 2nd in Average and Slugging.

    While there is some question as to where Bichette and Guerrero ultimately wind up on the field, Jones appears to be profiling as a super-utility guy, capable of playing a multitude of positions. The three should continue to move up the system ladder together, and it's time we start talking about Jones more as a result.
    His walk rate is up this year a bit, which is good. Also like that he's working on being more useful defensively.

    But, forgive me of I take his near .500 babip with a tiny grain of salt. Also this will be his age 22 season, above league average.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Havok View Post
    His walk rate is up this year a bit, which is good. Also like that he's working on being more useful defensively.

    But, forgive me of I take his near .500 babip with a tiny grain of salt. Also this will be his age 22 season, above league average.
    Every college prospect that is entering full season ball in their post draft year for the first time is going to be above age/level though. I wouldn't fault him for it.

    I have been posting about him quite a bit the past few days. Every prospect in the minor leagues has flaws let alone a 16th round pick who signed for 60k. He's just someone to watch for who is performing well right now.

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    If this face doesn't scream big league material then I don't know what does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post


    If this face doesn't scream big league material then I don't know what does.
    Avatar material.

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    The Lugnuts apparently also develop big league looks as well. He's well on his way in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post


    The Lugnuts apparently also develop big league looks as well. He's well on his way in that regard.
    Did he get botox to eliminate his dimples????

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