I still don't want to anoint Profar as the next big thing...not yet. I know he has talent, but to me he doesn't have the body of a hard-hitting SS (5'11, 165 lbs). Also, some of the projections I've heard have compared his potential to Edgar Renteria (offensively), which I heard a lot when Elvis was a prospect as well.
Martin looks like could end up being a significant piece however come mid season. He is tearing up AAA like he did AA last season. Hopefully he can keep it up into June/July. Would be really good to solidify that CF position and let Hamilton slide into LF.
one guy that is rising fast for us is Cody Buckel. I dont get ESPN insider so this is just from fangraphs:
he has started the 2012 season on fire. He is only in High A ball right now, but if he continues this kind of success, he could move up fast....just thought I would point him out to watch for.
Stats for our prospects are updated. And Profar has a 25 game hit streak btw.
Are the two guys we got for Salty projected to ever help the big league club? Or was that pretty much a dump?
There's definitely more to it than size. Sure, you can point out the Pedroia's of the game, but the smaller guys that hit for power are few and far between. Then again, you look at a guy like Elvis who put on the weight and is now listed at 200 lbs., and he's still not going to be a guy that hits a lot of bombs in a season. There are exceptions to every rule, afterall.
I hope he does turn out to be great, but I refuse to get caught up in all the "DVD", Reuben Mateo, Donald Harris, Justin Smoak type prospect hype that I've heard over the years as a Rangers fan...especially before he does something in the bigs.
Being cautious is okay, but Profar is a better prospect than any of those guys. The DVD trio was never that great as prospects (Edinson Volquez was the best of the bunch and he never broke top 40 in MLB prospect rankings). Mateo's leg literally exploded in 2000 otherwise he could have been great. I don't know who Donald Harris is and the jury is still out on Smoak. The keys to Profar game, speed and defense, are things that project exceptionally well to the MLB level. He has a solid bat, but even if he can't hit a lick in the majors he will still be a regular based on those two skills. But he will hit and he will get on base. Make the trek out to Frisco and watch this kid play. You'll be convinced.
to me I think Profar is the real deal....I was skeptical at first as I normally am with such highly touted specs, but this guy is moving up fast and even improving as he hits the next level in baseball and you just dont see that happen very often with young guys. He is still only 19 and in AA which I dont even think there are too many 19 year olds in that level and he is playing very well. He is the type of guy you make room for in the organization and so when he is ready to come to the big leagues im sure there will be room for him just like we made room for Andrus. While his value is more as a SS, I think I could see them having him play 2B and moving Kinsler to the OF. I am pretty sure I read somewhere that he would be will to play CF if there is a guy in the minor organization ready to come up and it will improve the team. So that could be an option if Leonys doesnt pan out.