sliders51 wrote:How would you rate Beltre, Tirunfel, and Tejada?.....Not trying to take over the thread, just the first time I see these guys being mentioned so I want an opinion from someone that knows of them. I know villalona is the obvious #1
Yeah Vllanova is the number 1 right now (considering none of them have any pro innings or atbats).
Beltre would be number 2. he has all five tools and has huge upside.
Tirunfel is number 3. From what i have heard , some scouts love him, others hate him.
Tejada is 4. His best tool is his arm which, by the time he was 14, was as strong as an average big leaguer and BA rated as tops in the red sox system. He has the build of soriano and might one day have the same kind of power. He also has the potenial to hit for a high average. His speed is good but not great (maybe he moves to third, maybe not).
Montero, plays catcher for the yankees. Is already being considered a semi bust considering the money spent. He has great power potenial (80 out of 80, on the scouting scale) but some think the yankees wasted over 1.5 million on the kid.
Esmailyn Gonzalez- ss for the nats. is a slow runner, but still has great range at short and can make amazing plays at that position. He does not have much power.
This is my take from what i have read and heard about the top new latin American class. They will all most likely be in rookie ball this year (though some have a shot at low A), which is when we will be able to get a real take on how guy these kids really are. Right now all we have are what the teams are saying and what scouts have seen in instructional and DSL. This is supposed to be a strong class of players, but we will see how strong it is when they face other pro players for the first time. Right now we just don't have enough info (there is even confusion about Beltre's name, some say it is Engel others Angel).
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