Kolten Wong: Overrated, But Good

Ben Carsley October 18, 2012

With the MLB and minor league seasons in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to re-evaluate my preseason prospect rankings.

Kolten Wong doesn’t have a very high ceiling, but he’s among the safest bets in the minors to be a productive Fantasy player. Photo by mwlguide.

It’s always difficult to find a balance between upside and probability when grading prospects, so looking back on my methods and looking to adjust heading forward is always a useful task. For readers, these will serve as a one-stop shop to catch up on how all of 2012’s prominent prospects performed and how their stock has been affected.

This is not a re-ranking of these prospects, nor is it a new prospect list. It’s simply a review of how I ranked the players before the season began, along with some analysis of what went right, what went wrong and everything in between

In our third installment, let’s review my preseason second base rankings and see who lived up to the hype, who disappointed and who’s in good shape going forward. We’ll also give you an early look at some new names who should be relevant in 2013 and beyond.

(PPR = Preseason Position Ranking, Pre/Mid = Preseason/Midseason Top 100 Ranking, NR = Not rated, G = Graduated to MLB. Starred* players are no longer prospect eligible.)

On The Upswing

PPR
Player, Tm

Analysis

Pre/Mid

4.
Jean Segura, MIL* Moved to SS full time with Brewers, has tools to hit .280 with 25 steals in 2013

NR/72

6.
Eddie Rosario, MIN Drastically improved stock with smooth transition to 2B, good stats in A-ball

NR/49

7.
Kolten Wong, STL Modest ceiling but very high floor, should be Fantasy MI in prime years

NR/78

12.
D.J. LaMahieu, COL* Sleeper source of AVG, R for NL Only next season, should see 2B/3B time

NR/NR

Staying Static

PPR
Player, Tm

Analysis

Pre/Mid

2.
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Held his own in Double-A at 21, should repeat level in 2013. Move to 3B possible

69/98

3.
Steve Lombardozzi, WAS* Headed for a long career as a super utility type, still think he can start in his prime

99/G

5.
Corey Spangenberg, SD Lower on him than some, could easily top out at .280 with 20 steals, no power

NR/85

8.
Jordany Valdespin, NYM* Doesn’t get on base, but has double-digit HR/SB pop, OF eligibility

NR/NR

9.
Rougned Odor, TEX Doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but holding his own in A-ball at age 18 is impressive

NR/NR

14.
Taylor Lindsey, LAA Better Fantasy prospect than MLB one – could post .280, 10 HR, 15 SB in MLB

NR/NR

Swaying Backwards

PPR
Player, Tm

Analysis

Pre/Mid

1.
Anthony Rendon, WAS Second major leg injury kills his chances of moving to 2B – stock down overall

17/24

10.
Cord Phelps, CLE Think he can be a second-division starter, but won’t be in CLE with Jason Kipnis

NR/NR

11.
Yamaico Navarro, PIT Solid stats in AAA, struggled in small MLB sample. Could have career as bat-first MI

NR/NR

13.
Sean Coyle, BOS Picked things up in the second half, but fair to say I’m worried about his on-base ability

NR/NR

15.
Tony Wolters, CLE Not impressed with him — .320 OBP, 5 SB as a 20-year-old in High-A

NR/NR

 

New Names To Consider: Nick Ahmed (ATL), Ryan Brett (TB), Christian Colon (KC), Delino DeShields Jr. (HOU), Nick Franklin (SEA), Scooter Gennett (MIL), Jedd Gyorko (SD), Alen Hanson (PIT), Cesar Hernandez (PHI), Stephen Romero (SEA), Carlos Sanchez (CHW)

 

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