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2014 #5 Prospect: Dariel Alvarez

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Despite just one homer in AAA, Alvarez slugged .439 because he had 17 doubles in 44 games.

I think that shows that he may come around, but it doesn't change my view.

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Despite just one homer in AAA, Alvarez slugged .439 because he had 17 doubles in 44 games.

Yeah, I'm not too worried about his power. The bigger worry is whether his "swing at everything" propensity will cause his OBP to deteriorate further as he faces more sophisticated pitchers.

I was happy to read about Alvarez's attitude and being a "Buck kind of guy." That goes a long way.

And, I am five for five so far.

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Yeah, I'm not too worried about his power. The bigger worry is whether his "swing at everything" propensity will cause his OBP to deteriorate further as he faces more sophisticated pitchers.

I was happy to read about Alvarez's attitude and being a "Buck kind of guy." That goes a long way.

And, I am five for five so far.

Maybe you figured me out after all these years! :D

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Is anyone else bummed that this is our 5th best prospect??

Bummed? No. I think the system is thin. I already knew that. That being said, would have been bummed if Christian Walker was #5? His numbers look better but Tony obviously sees the better rounded Alvarez as the better prospect.

The best thing for our system would be if high end prospects like Okelky Peralta, Jomar Reyes, and Lazaro Leyva take giant steps next season. Reyes took a pretty good step this year.

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Is anyone else bummed that this is our 5th best prospect??

Not really. The MLB team is young. It doesn't have many holes. If there was ever a time to not worry about prospect depth, its now.

The system may be thin, but there is some quality at the top.

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I don't think his low OBP and low power make him an adequate regular. He's going to have to show significantly more power at AAA to get a shot at anything more than a utility player, imo.

Yeah. I like what I have seen of him in person. He has power. Just not full grown power yet. I think this off season will help him.

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No. Not at all. Better than having Avery and Hoes there.

Just for fun, here's everyone who has been ranked in the top 5 in since 2010.

Bundy (no. 1 in 2011-14)

Machado (no. 1 in 2010, 2 in 2011)

Gausman (no. 2 in 2012-13)

Britton (no. 2 in 2010)

Harvey (no. 2 in 2014, 3 in 2013)

Sisco (no. 3 in 2014)

Schoop (no. 3 in 2011-12, 5 in 2013)

Hoes (no. 3 in 2010, 4 in 2011)

Davies (no. 4 in 2014)

Rodriguez (no. 4 in 2013, no. 5 in 2012)

Delmonico (no. 4 in 2011-12)

Givens (no. 4 in 2010)

Alvarez (no. 5 in 2014)

Avery (no. 5 in 2010)

The 2010 list had Hoes, Givens and Avery at 3-4-5.

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Just for fun, here's everyone who has been ranked in the top 5 in since 2010.

The 2010 list had Hoes, Givens and Avery at 3-4-5.

Now that makes me very happy with where we are right now. Thanks.

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Now that makes me very happy with where we are right now. Thanks.

I have mixed feelings. Bundy has been no. 1 four years in a row, but his injury and his post-injury performance make him a less compelling prospect than he was previously. Harvey's a decent no. 2, but the fact that he was shut down in August is a concern, and he's further away from the majors than Machado, Britton and Gausman were when they were no. 2, and not as highly ranked a prospect. I like Sisco at 3 considering the year he just had, but again, he's a very long way from the majors. As to Davies and Alvarez, they appear to be better than Hoes/Givens/Avery, but I'd take last year's 4 and 5 (EdRod/Schoop) over them. Overall, the list is weaker than a year ago, though there are still some high-upside guys here.

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I have mixed feelings. Bundy has been no. 1 four years in a row, but his injury and his post-injury performance make him a less compelling prospect than he was previously. Harvey's a decent no. 2, but the fact that he was shut down in August is a concern, and he's further away from the majors than Machado, Britton and Gausman were when they were no. 2, and not as highly ranked a prospect. I like Sisco at 3 considering the year he just had, but again, he's a very long way from the majors. As to Davies and Alvarez, they appear to be better than Hoes/Givens/Avery, but I'd take last year's 4 and 5 (EdRod/Schoop) over them. Overall, the list is weaker than a year ago, though there are still some high-upside guys here.

And we still have Jomar, Ofelky Peralta, and Jon Keller.

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