I dunno really
The discussion of Aderlin Rodriguez up-thread has me re-evaluating his grade. I may bump him up to C+ and that would probably get him in the 21-22 range.
So I slept on the Aderlin Rodriguez and Cesar Puello issues. I just don’t see Puello as more than a Grade C right now. He’s got all the tools but I am very skeptical about his skills panning out. He stays a C.
Aderlin is another matter and I think the C+ advocates have some good points. I am putting him on my “re-evaluate this grade later” list. I keep a running list of guys that I need to look over one more time before the book goes to press. However, I don’t make a grade change decision on the spur of the moment. I let it percolate to give time for any emotions (or stubbornness on my part) to clear and let reason carry the day.
What I see with Puello is a guy who is making a lot of progress on the finer aspects, he's turning into a good bunter, a good defender, and a very proficient base stealer. I get the impression from the progress I'm seeing that he's a hard-working coachable kid, and hopefullly that will translate to improved plate discipline/approach as well in the near future.
I wouldn't mind the lack of walks so much as long as he didn't strike out so much. He doesn't make enough contact to be drawing that little amount of walks. He's improved in some areas, but he's not doing the most important thing right now, hitting and getting on base.
IMO both of these guys should be to 15, but I do not get why say one guy is not top 20 because of what Sickels said and then argue that the other guy is top 15 in the same sentence when that same critic had him off his top 20.
I would probably take both of these guys over someone like den Dekker, but that's my only gripe.
He may not have control over where the pitcher throws it, but he has control over whether get hit or not if is thrown at his body.
Aderlin has 1 tool and he has show it, but that is it, not to mention the fact that you are completely ignore the fact that Puello plays defense and profiles to be a plus defender in RF due to his speed and arm.
..so you are ignoring all the positives that Puello brings, but magnifying the 1 good thing that Aderlin does and ignoring the fact that he is an awful defender who will likely have issues even at 1st base, who is more likely to be a DH if anything.
I would rank Tovar over Puello too. Tovar is a little younger by a few months and already had success in St. Lucie. Add to the fact that he's a good defensive SS, and he's definitely a Top 20 talent.
I want to see Gabriel Ynoa included in the next list, he's not getting enough love for the youngest pitcher in the NYPL.