What are peoples' thoughts and grades on these five prospects:
Brett Lawrie (2B-MIL) : Has shown better speed but less power than originally anticipated. However, he still has to be considered one of the best 2B prospects in the minors and in my humble opinion, is the best.
Mat Latos (RHP-SD) : Has shown not only the arsenal but also the fortitude of strategy. Definitely has to be considered in the top 5-10 pitching prospects in baseball. Also as an aside, one would have to imagine his arm should play well at PetCo.
Evan Anundsen (RHP-MIL) : With an arsenal based around a low 80's sinker, he has put himself on the prospect radar. Not many people heard about him prior to this year, but now many know this product of Columbine (CO). Up until his most recent start... But his bandwagon will quickly empty and I should be able to find a better spot at the front of the bus.
Brandon Allen (1B-ARI) : Power...and more power. Is he a more athletic version of Ryan Howard? He hasn't shown ANY speed this year, and yet people are even higher than him now than before this year. But then again....power in AA and AAA will do that.
Brad Lincoln (RHP-PIT) : Was making his claim for justification of his draft slot...if that were even possible, before getting lit up. However his most recent start looks like the type of starts he was becoming accustomed to at AA. His arm looks to be back to its previous form. He has to be the top pitching prospect in Pittsburgh's farm system.
So what type of grades should we expect to see right now and really, what type of grade should we expect to see by year's end.
We'll go in ascending order for me.
Anundsen: C+...he's worth monitoring further at present. B- or possibly B if his last start is just a slight blip on his radar and he does make a late season push for the triple crown in the FSL. B+ possibility with a late season bump to AA if he dominates.
Lincoln: B at present. That last start got him some points with me. He could even be a B+ by year's end if he gets a promotion and gets some late season pub (but age keeps him from getting near the head of the class).
Allen: B+. A two sport athlete who took a little time to get his footing. Undeniable talent. If he keeps up the numbers...dare I say A- or A? But run kid! Show off the athleticism.
Lawrie: B+. He hasn't fallen on his face. Instead, he's held his own while showing glimpses of his limitless ceiling. I've said it before and I will say it again. His ceiling...Rogers Hornsby. High HIGH praise. But let's hold off until the end of his first professional season before getting his bust ready in Cooperstown.
Latos: A-. Stuff... Check. Results... Check. Pitcher's Park... Check. Worst offense in baseball... Last time I checked (then again, I think Adrian Gonzalez isn't in the top third of 1B in the majors).