MaudDib wrote:Story is the only one that really can go up against Hedges. Ventura while he has good stuff is far from the big leagues and undersized for a pitcher. If you had one guy to take, you aren't taking an undersized pitcher that still has 2-3 years before you see him in the bigs. Bonafacio has a ton of potential but he has yet to realize much of it. He had a good first half but there are still questions marks that should push you to either Story or Hedges.
Haven't we learned by now not to dismiss undersized pitchers solely for their size?
BA on Ventura:
"Nicknamed "Lil' Pedro" because of his combination of size and velocity, Ventura has a fastball that sits at 94-97 mph and reaches 102. He can throw his curveball for strikes by taking a little off it, or use it as a chase pitch by breaking it off harder. It's a true downer curve that should end up as a plus pitch if he continues to refine it...Despite his small stature, Kansas City hopes Ventura can fill one of the holes in their big league rotation, perhaps as soon as mid-2013. His stuff makes him a safe bet to at least be a power reliever."
FakeTeams on Hedges:
"So how does all of this combine to make Hedges an instructive example exactly? To put it bluntly, Hedges value as a prospect and a player is significantly higher in the real world than it is in fantasy. While I have gone to lengths to say that Hedges' average abilities at the plate shouldn't be overlooked, his superb talents as a defender shouldn't be overrated by fantasy owners."
Hedges will open 2013 at hi-A, and catchers move slowly. When do you think he'll even get called up, never mind starting full time? Ventura could see time in the show this year, and he fits the profile of a high risk, high reward fantasy prospect. Hedges has a great floor because of his defense; unless he gets hurt he's almost a lock to be an MLB regular. But that's not a good thing; most leagues have rules about calling up prospects, and sooner or later you're going to be using a roster spot on your team for a backup catcher whose offensive upside is not elite, waiting for him to get full time AB, and then waiting again for him to start hitting. Personally, I want a higher upside prospect; if they flame out, fine. You can drop them then and there.
We can argue the details of floor/upside and philosophy of fantasy prospect keepers, but can we at least agree that Ventura isn't 2-3 years away? That in fact he's ahead of Hedges on the development curve?