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Is Vinnie Catricala being underrated?

I can't help but feel like he's not getting the attention he deserves in prospect circles. He is the same age as guys like Olt and Middlebrooks, and he has produced at Double-A with a lower K rate, plate discipline, average, and pretty good power. While he is unlikely to have the defense to play at 3B, or possibly even OF, there have been plenty of other bat-first prospects who have been excused for their poor defense, with the mantra "the bat will find a way" (Mat Gamel comes to mind). It sure didn't hurt Cuthbert's rating, although I know with him he has a greater chance of improving due to his age.

John gave him a B-, although he admitted it may be too low, and KG labelled him as a 3 star prospect, saying "he's an all-bat prospect, but it's quite a bat". KG projects Cat to reach the majors in late 2012, and I feel that at the very least he makes a great fantasy sleeper since he'll probably get ignored by most majors lists. Is there something I'm missing that is a serious red flag or reason that he shouldn't be expected to succeed in the majors?


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