Maybe I'm missing something here, but a career minor league line of .263/.344/.432/.776 doesn't scream top prospect to me. He does have a nice K/BB ratio but the power/speed combo seems less exciting than I'm being led to believe. I'm going to add him anyway, but perhaps someone could fill me in on the justifications for all the hype?
Mostly all projection. 3rd overall pick drafted with a huge amount of potential. Remember he was a highschool kid when drafted...his first year was at the age of 17/18, second year 18/19, this year 19/20 years old. He's also an infielder and not an outfielder so slightly lesser numbers play better than needing to put up gaudy OF stats to be relevant.
Also, for what it's worth, possible tweaks that are showing good signs...take it for what it's worth...
this is what razzball.com had to say about Machado back on July 1st.
By the numbers, Manny Machado struggled through his first two months of Double-A baseball. It seemed like most nights I looked at Bowie’s box, Machado’s line was 0-fer. But then I’d read something from the O’s about how his current production was of no concern, that he was tweaking his approach, that scouts are still encouraged. Still, it’s hard not to be a little worried when the guy I ranked No. 2 on this list is slugging just .375 at the end of May. Well, it appears now that whatever tweaks Machado had been working on are beginning to take hold. Since the calendar rolled over into June, Machado has been a different guy at the plate, peaking especially during his last ten: .444/.500/.806, 3 HR, 16 RBI. He’ll be a fun guy to keep an eye on the rest of the way.
All I know is that I didn't think, most people didn't think, that Trout would really do a whole lot this year...maybe hit .270 with some steals, and he's freakin the MVP of the league. I'm not saying Machado will do anything near what Trout is but if he can do even half then that's a huge get off the ww/fa list down the stretch run and into the playoffs...no risk in a fa/ww pickup, especially one with so much "potential".