TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

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TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by StormZ_23 » Sat May 11, 2019 4:22 pm

Vancouver is possibly the worst team in the majors this season. It really has not been fun to watch. However, there is always something to look forward to and that would be the guys in the minors. So, today we well be ranking our top 10 prospects in the Mounties farm system.

1. RF Jeffrey Smith
Acquired: 2038 Draft, Round 1 Pick 9

The first round pick for the Mounties this season has been unbelievable. He started off in A ball and he showed he was way too good for that level, so he has spent the majority of the season in AA ball. So far, he has absolutely crushed the ball as he owns a stat line of .298/.431/.584 with 12 home runs in 48 games. He has shown patience at the plate as well. He does need to work on his defense as he is nothing special in the outfield. He clearly has the potential to be a great hitter in the majors and with a great spring training, he could even start opening day. Maybe we should not get ahead of ourselves but expect this 19 year old to be up in the majors at some point next season.

2. RF/LF Fernando Castillo
Acquired: Signed out of Nicaragua in December 2035

Castillo was an international acquisition by the Mounties that has made waves in the minors. He came into the organization as a very raw prospect, but he has made great strides in his development. This year in A ball he has played very well with a stat line of .292/.350/.486 and 12 home runs. He is much better fielder than Smith and is very athletic player. He is 21 years old and has just been promoted to AA. He is mainly a right fielder but the organization has experimented him in left field and he can definitely hold his own in that position. In 2 or 3 seasons, we could be seeing an outfield that are filled by the top 3 prospects in this list. Expect Castillo to finish the season in AA and compete for a spot on the major league roster next spring.

3. CF Ángel González
Acquired: 2037 Draft, Round 1 Pick 9

The third of the outfield trio that makes up this top 3. González was drafted last season and had a rough start in rookie league. However, he is only 18 so that is expected, not everyone can be a super prospect like Smith. He has played better this season in rookie ball and could be promoted very soon. González is great defensive fielder in center field and projects to be a great contact hitter with the occasional pop. He is very quick in the field and the base paths, so we may have a future lead off hitter right here. We are going to have to be patient with González but he has shown determination to being the best player he can be. Vancouver has a great kid right here.

4. SP Quentin Mullins
Acquired: 2038 Draft, Round 2 Pick 9

We have been talking about the outfield, so where is the pitching? Well, the Mounties have gotten a few gems in this past draft, many of them being pitchers. The best of the bunch could end up being Quentin Mullins. He has led the pitching staff in rookie ball with a record of 7-2 and 64 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched. He has two good off-speed pitches, a curveball and changeup, that could be great pitches as he develops. He has a cutter and forkball as well, but if he wants to get to that next level, he needs to develop at least one of those pitches at the level of his off-speed pitches. Currently, we see his potential as a number 2 starter.

5. SP Gustavo Hernández
Acquired: 2038 Draft, Round 6 Pick 9

Hernández does not have the best stuff in the world, but what separates him from the rest is his ability to hit those outside corners and stay away from hitter's bats. Currently in rookie ball he has a record of 7-2 with an ERA of 2.80 and 68 strikeouts in 86 innings pitched. His last 3 starts have been far from good, but he has shown the ability to pitch well and could be a solid mid rotation starter in the future.

6. 3B Yasutoki Sato
Acquired: 2037 Draft, Round 3 Pick 8

One half of the Sato brothers in the Mounties system, we believe Yasutoki will have the better career. As an 18 year old in short season A, he is currently crushing the ball, sporting a stat line of .311/.382/.459 in 32 games. He has an elite arm and get outs from third base with ease. He also has great speed on the base paths, which also increases his range at third base. If the Mounties sign a certain baseman in the majors to an extension, Sato might not see time at third base for the Mounties, but he is certainly a player to keep an eye out on.

7. SP Glen MacKenzie
Acquired: 2038 Draft, Round 5 Pick 9

The last of the trio of pitching gems that the Mounties drafted this season, MacKenzie has shown solid performances in his debut season in the minors, with a record of 6-1 and a 3.39 ERA. Right now, he has a fastball and a sinker that gets the job done, as well as a changeup that has shown flashes but needs more refining. At 18 years old, he is younger than his draft buddies Mullins and Hernández, but could definitely be just as a good as them one day. However, mid rotation starter is the most likely outcome for MacKenize if he does develop.

8. 1B Masaki Sato
Acquired: 2036 Draft, Round 1 Pick 12

The other Sato brother was drafted the year before current GM Taylor Bettencourt took over the job, but he still has shown great skills at the plate as he played great this season in A ball. There are a few problems with him though. He is not good at first base at all, showing very limited range. Also, he shown little desire to want to get better. His natural hitting talent can only take him so far. He has great power potential, so he could definitely be a power hitting DH in the majors, but the Mounties definitely want more out of a first round pick.

9. SP José Ramírez
Acquired: Minor League FA Signing, June 2032

Ramírez has spent many years in the Mounties organization and he may finally be ready to be in the major league rotation. In AAA this season, he has a record of 11-4 with 151 strikeouts in 153 innings pitched. He has led the rotation for the Victoria Canucks this season, but it is clear he is ready for a new challenge. He has a devastating curveball and cutter, as well as a decent screwball and a changeup he never throws. The fans always love an underdog story and Ramírez has shown the determination to reach the majors for many years now. Expect him in September and possibly in the rotation during opening week next season.

10. SP Keith Howard
Acquired: Trade with Las Vegas, June 2037

The only prospect acquired in a trade on this list, Howard was a key part of that trade with Las Vegas last season. Howard played well in AA and is currently in AAA. He is struggling right now but he has the stuff that is ready for the majors. He has 5 pitches, with his changeup and curveball being his best pitches. There is a possibility that Howard does not stick in the rotation and becomes a reliever, but for now, let's hope when he does reach the majors he sticks in the rotation.

There are many good prospects in this system and someone could surprise us and enter the top 10 next season. I apologize for any grammar errors as I am too lazy to proofread.

The rebuild continues. Thanks for reading!
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Re: TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by RonCo » Sat May 11, 2019 4:25 pm

Those top three are going to make an exciting outfield pretty soon.
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Re: TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by RonCo » Sun May 12, 2019 9:08 am

Looking at it closer, if Mullins and Hernandez can pan out, that would go a way toward getting Vancouver back into the mix.
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Re: TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by StormZ_23 » Sun May 12, 2019 5:10 pm

RonCo wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 9:08 am
Looking at it closer, if Mullins and Hernandez can pan out, that would go a way toward getting Vancouver back into the mix.
I am optimistic that at least one of them will pan out.
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Re: TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by RonCo » Sun May 12, 2019 5:12 pm

At one point Vancouver was kind of pointed the right way. So, keep a steady hand and I figure you'll make something work. :)
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Re: TVT 2038.4 - Top 10 Prospects

Post by ae37jr » Sun May 12, 2019 7:25 pm

Keith Howard is the kind of pitcher that will overachieve in that big ballpark. I can see him doing really well for you.
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