Koby Schellenger wrote:H. Bailey
gallardo that high?
bruce that low?
I think Gallardo is a top 5 pitching prospect easily. Maybe even third behind Bailey and Hughes.
While it's hard to find any flaws with Jay Bruce, the guys ahead of him, Martinez, Tabata, McCutchen and him are all talented five tool outfielders that are very young and very good. This is a very solid list of prospects with the only real break in ranking, IMO, coming between Bruce and Longoria and Longoria and Miller. Otherwise, the guys above Longoria are top 20 prospects and some top 10. Comparing Bruce, Maybin and McCutchen is real easy since they are similar in age and played (at least some) in the same league this year. I've seen them all play quite a bit and what really separates them at the plate is that Bruce is much more, and too, aggressive. That leads to misses, mis-hit balls and frustration. He has a tendancy, that I haven't seen in the other two, to allow emotions to affect his plate appearances. That's something that is fairly easy to correct. Delmon Young had the same problem initially but Tampa was able to correct the problem and he's doing pretty well now with not being overly aggressive and he is not easily frustrated with mistakes he makes.
The quality of prospects right now is very low because the 2006 draft class was weak and the 2006 rookie class was abnormally strong. What's more is that a higher percentage of the talent is at lower levels and that an abnormally high number of those players are legitimate five tool players. I do think that Gallardo has the least amount of developing to do before he's major league ready out of that list and that Bruce has second (maybe third) most to learn before he's ready.