Zach Lee And Some Dude Named Puig
In 12 hours, I’ll be settling into the press box for my first look at a pair of top-100 prospects in Zach Lee and Yasiel Puig. The under card includes Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson and Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. After last night’s rain out, I was hoping for a twin bill today, but no dice. Taylor Jungmann will have to wait for another day.
You won’t need to wait though as my goal is to provide subscribers notes and observations the night I see the player.
From a fantasy standpoint, I’ll be looking for a few things.
- What is Zach Lee? – This off-season, prospect followers have been asking me about Lee after Kevin Goldstein/Jason Parks floated he was no more than a fourth starter. I didn’t know the answer. Tonight, I’ll leave the park with a better idea. Admittedly, I skipped Lee last year knowing he’d be near me in 2013. After four years of doing this, I’ve learned to be patient. Sometimes it’s not about the first look, but the best look possible. He struggled after his promotion last season, so let him acclimate himself and then write him up. If Lee is a back end starter with little upside, it would be prudent to sell the top-100 prospect and acquire a player like Matt Wisler on the cheap. More later….
- Does Puig Know Bo? – Until Puig proves othwise, the Bo Jackson talk strikes me as insanity. What an insane spring for the young outfielder though. .517/.500/.828 in spring training? 30 hits in 58 at bats is insane, but so is 0 walks. In person, I expect him to be the real deal, but there’s a big difference between above average regular, star and superstar player. I hope to have some answers in the coming weeks with the expectation he’ll be Dodger-bound sooner rather than later.
- Is Jimmy Nelson a starter or reliever? – Last season, I spoke with a scout who loved Nelson’s arsenal and saw him up to 95 mph in person. In Huntsville, I stumbled across a Nelson side session and immediately thought JJ Hoover as a comp. In a lesser organization, Hoover might be a closer. This leaves Nelson as a deep sleeper player worth monitoring if the stuff is up to snuff tonight.
- Is Joc Pederson a legit CF or “tweener” – My first look last September left the first impression of a “tweener”, but I’m open to building a more substantial profile over time. In deeper leagues, I know he’s been added after a big season in the Cal. I’ve noticed younger position players tend to maintain their numbers in other leagues more than college breakouts the league has become known for, so I’m intrigued. In truth, if he’s David Murphy, he’s worth having around as a potential 4/5 outfielder.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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