With a whopping 44% of the vote, Todd Frazier wins the #8 spot. Another interesting case of the RR contingent preferring a polished bat that's ready to help right away over higher ceiling guys with less experience. To me, Frazier seems like a guy who will be valuable for the big club to keep around all year. He seems like a good clubhouse presence, and can play both 3B and LF reasonably well, especially considering the instability at those two positions right now (possible injuries to Rolen and possible suckitude to Heisey/Ludwick/Ankiel/Pierre/some other schlubski).
One thing that nobody ever brings up with Frazier is if he's really getting a fair shake here. Based on what we've seen from him, isn't it completely possible that he becomes a solid 6-7 hitter in a decent lineup, good for .270 and 20 dingers a year with about average defense? Hell, I might like him better than Heisey after the years that both of them had.
We're sure to get younger from here on out, so this should be an interesting vote. Interesting enough that I'll keep it open through Sunday morning. Vote now!
Tony Cingrani, LHP, 22, BA-NR, Sickels-#6
(Billings) 1.75 ERA, 51.1 IP, 80 K, 6 BB, 0.80 WHIP
Pros: Fastball sits around 93-94, but can reach back and get 97. Long, consistent delivery. Lots of strikes, doesn't walk many.
Cons: He was a reliever in college, so questions still remain whether or not he can be a starter through a full season. Secondary pitches are promising (slider, changeup), but not even close to being finished products.
Mariekson "DiDi" Gregorius, SS, 21, BA-#6, Sickels-#7
(Bakersfield) .303/.333/.457/.790, 5 HR, 28 RBI
(Carolina) .270/.312/.392/.704, 2 HR, 16 RBI
Pros: Excellent athlete, has the tools to be a well above average defensive SS. Very good contact skills.
Cons: Very aggressive plate approach, little in-game power so far. Still young, but needs his athleticism to translate into offensive numbers.
Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, 22, BA-NR, Sickels-#15
(Dayton) 4.32 ERA, 66.2 IP, 72 K, 25 BB, 1.14 WHIP
Pros: Throws 3 pitches, with a fastball in the mid-90s, a good curve and a developing changeup. Gets lots of strikeouts and doesn't allow many baserunners.
Cons: Injuries. Tommy John survivor, and his mechanics haven't changed much to help alleviate that risk
Henry Rodriguez, 2B, 22, BA-UR, Sickels-#10
(Bakersfield) .340/.378/.513/.891, 8 HR, 44 RBI
(Carolina) .302/.367/.432/.799, 5 HR, 37 RBI
Pros: Good contact hitter. Doesn't strike out a ton, and will grab you a few stolen bases.
Cons: Unfortunately, the defense. Doesn't walk much, very much a free swinger.
J.C. Sulbaran, RHP, 22, BA-#9, Sickels-#12
(Bakersfield) 4.60 ERA, 137 IP, 155 K, 50 BB, 1.39 WHIP
Pros: Very solid 3-pitch repertoire, with an above average FB and a solid CH and CU. Above average stuff leads to high Ks, and he significantly improved on his previously spotty control in 2011.
Cons: Some question about his unorthodox mechanics remain, although he smoothed them out in 2011. Somewhat of an injury history. Mainly, he needs to repeat his strong season in AA in 2012.
David Vidal, 3B, 22, BA-UR, Sickels-#13
(Dayton) .280/.350/.498/.848, 20 HR, 85 RBI
Pros: Very lively bat, hitting for both average and power. Good defense.
Cons: Still questions about his size (he's listed at 5'11"), and struck out way too much (111 in 454 AB).