hey, as far as SS and 2B go, most guys are either great fielders or great hitters.. rarely does an A-Rod come around..
how about discussing some up and coming SS that might do well..
this would start with Reyes, but he's already up.. so next...
these are my scrap book notes from the past year(all i know is what i write here..)
Bobby crosby - see other thread in minor league forum
Kazuo Matsui, japan - "ichiro of shortstop", the guy has speed and power - think soriano. plans on posting for major league after this season, will hit majors in 2004 - mets looked at him last year, LA and Oak are very interested in him for 2004. NYY have shown interest in buying him.. but there is say he wouldnt agree because he wants to play, wont sit behind jeter..
for updated info check the forums at http://www.japanesebaseball.com
Gookie Dawkins, Cinn - speed, not a great hitter, 20yrs, sweet swing
J.J. Hardy, Mil - signed from H.S. '01, high potential
A. '02 .293 6 hr 48 rbi 19 2B 2/1 K/BB
AA. '02 .228 1hr 13 rbi 145 ab
Entering the season as the third-youngest player in the Class AA Southern League, Hardy opened with a 10-game hitting streak and produced his first career two-homer game on April 18. The 20-year-old Hardy belted two more homers on June 3. Selected to play in the league all-star game on July 8, he went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
One of the youngest players in advanced Class A California League a season ago, Hardy hit .293 and drove in 48 runs in 84 games before being promoted to the Southern League in mid July.
After managing just nine home runs in 625 career at-bats, Hardy worked tirelessly during the offseason on building up his strength. It has paid off as he already has matched that mark with nine this year.
Hardy, a Tucson, Arizona native, is a sure-handed defender as evidenced by only eight errors in 65 games through July 8. from 2003 Furture's game article written 7/10
hanley ramirez, bos - TSN says " don't be surprised if HR is #1 prospect in bball by end of next season(2004). compared to nomar/soriano
A: .352 7hr 45 rbi 20 2B 5 3b 12 SB in 231 AB
(*shitney note* to me 7 hr doesnt seem like much power for A ball.., altough ,maybe not bad for a MI)
Wilson Betemit, SS/2B, Braves, Age 22. Betemit was a major disappointment in 2002, batting .245-8-34 with an 82-34 strikeout-walk ratio and eight steals in 343 at-bats. He probably was derailed by an ankle injury because he finished very strongly. He was young to be at Triple-A, so he still has an incredible ceiling. Don't be surprised if he gets off to a quick start at Triple-A this year and jumps into a big-league job by midseason. TSN prospect watch - preseason '03
any additions, updates, condemnation of my post would be nice
it's time to get this minor league forum up and running with more posts..