Coming off an injury-affected season, Henry Rodriguez looks to keep hitting at AAA
Whoever was behind the strange voting anomaly a few rounds back, they've finally gotten their way, as Henry Rodriguez takes home the #8 spot on our list with 41% of the vote. Hank has hit at every level, save AAA last year after coming back from a hand injury. I'm excited to see if the switch-hitter can regain his excellent contact ability and post another .300+ / .350+ / .425+ season on his way up the ladder. People see him as a future utility guy, which would be fine, but I think there's still some definite upside here (switch-hitter, very good hit tool) especially if the Bats give him some reps in an admittedly crowded outfield. No new names today, so you're familiar with these guys. Poll closes Sunday night at midnight!
JONATHAN REYNOSO, OF, 20
Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (AZL Reds)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .311 average and 30 stolen bases in 39 attempts in the AZL last season.
Most Worrisome Fact: Poor plate discipline, power has not developed yet.
Aliases: None as of yet
Best Case Scenario: Who the heck knows. He's got a lot of tools, but has failed to use all of them yet.
ISMAEL GUILLON, LHP, 20
Highest 2012 Level: Low-A (Dayton Dragons)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 2 Potentially plus pitches (change, fastball) and a solid curve
Most Worrisome Fact: BB% over 10 at all levels (except his 4 games in Dayton)
Aliases: "Call Me" Ismael; The Guillon-tine; ??
Best Case Scenario: These are getting much harder.
YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, OF, 19
Highest 2012 Level: A+ (Bakersfield Blaze)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Those 5 tools...hiding in there somewhere
Most Worrisome Fact: No sign of several tools in game action
Aliases: Our Man; Toolshed; Michaelangelo; Blue Balls; Man-Rod
Best Case Scenario: Best case? With that potential? Perennial All Star. Dream big.
DAN LANGFIELD, RHP, 21
Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Starter's arsenal (4 potential average or better pitches); 33.8 K%
Most Worrisome Fact: TNSTAASPP; Volatility
Aliases: The Blogger; Boomerang; Rodney
Best Case Scenario: Good mid-rotation starter
KYLE LOTZKAR, RHP, 23
Highest 2012 Level: AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Career LOW K/9 of 9.8
Most Worrisome Fact: Injury-prone; walked 13.5% of batters faced in AA
Aliases: Lotzkar of the Hill People; That Other Canadian
Best Case Scenario: Man, this one is tough. Let's dream on health and command and say solid 2/3 starter.