A: Marisnick is a good candidate actually. Very broad skill base and improving.
Q: Are people sleeping on Marisnick a little bit? Do you think he can be an elite prospect this time next year?
A: Marisnick is already considered a premium prospect so I don’t see how he really overlooked.
On Anthony Gose:
Q: Do you see Anthony Gose becoming a complete3 player at the major league level (great power/speed combo with an acceptable BA) and when can we expect him in Toronto? Thanks!
A: I don’t think he will ever hit for a “good” batting average. If he hits .250-.260 they should be happy. He has a shot to draw enough walks to keep his OBP acceptable even with the low batting average. I expect moderate power. Speed/defense pushes him into B+ range but that was a grade I struggled with.
Q: Why is Anthony Gose a B+ prospect while Jonathan Villar is a B-? They’re statistically similar—Villar has been a bit worse offensively but plays a more valuable defensive position—and both reportedly have gold glove kind of potential at their respective positions.
A: I am more confident Gose will hit than I am Villar will, and I’m not supremely confident in Gose. Keep in mind that I got dragged kicking and screaming into giving Gose a B+ and probably gave in to peer pressure on that one.
On Henderson Alvarez:
Q: If Henderson Alvarez still had rookie eligibility, what would have been his grade?
A: Strong B/B+ range.
Q: What kind of year do you think Henderson Alvarez has this year with the Jays?
A: I’s expect some slippage…ERA and FIP more around the 4.00 but still a good K/BB ratio.
On A.J. Jimenez:
Q: You wondered how much power he’d develop in your Top 20 (partial) write-up – how much power does he need to develop to be a solid every day regular? Are the rest of the skills there?
A: I think he could get to 10-12 homers a year eventually but I don’t think he’ll be a huge home run guy. He doesn’t need to be…his glove is quite good and he can hit.
On Gustavo Pierre:
Q: Most of the Ricciardi-era international signings have been woeful, but do you anticipate him “righting” himself? Can he stick at short?
A: He is an extreme long shot at this point. Still young enough to develop, but his skills seem to be getting worse, not better. I don’t see any particular reason for optimism.
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