Hicks named MWL Top Prospect

1 Oct

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Baseball America is currently going through each minor league and providing a list of the top 20 prospects in each league. Today, they posted their choices for the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League. Twins OF prospect and 2008 #1 pick Aaron Hicks was selected as the #1 prospect in the league. I like that. Again, I have been told that he is as good of a prospect as the Twins have had in years.

What is absolutely inexplicable to me is that Angel Morales did not make the list. The Snappers outfielder hit .266/.329/.455 (.784) with 22 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 62 RBI and 19 (out of 25) stolen bases. I fully understand that prospect rankings, especially at the lower levels, have little to do with the numbers that are put up by the players. It’s all about tools and potential. But Angel Morales is younger than Aaron Hicks, he has the tools of power, speed, good defense and a strong arm. He will strike out a lot, but for those other tools, he should absolutely be in the top 20. I am not saying he should be ahead of Hicks. I don’t think anyone would say that (although I think the argument could be made if you want!). I just think his ceiling is hilarious!

Any thoughts?

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7 Responses to “Hicks named MWL Top Prospect”

  1. TT October 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    Seth, I agree on Morales. He also improved and finished the year strong, which is what you want to see. Someone should ask about it in their chat on the league (I no longer subscribe to BA so I can’t).

  2. Andrew October 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    I also agree on Morales. This guy oozes with talent and potential. If that isnt what makes a prospect than i dont know what does.

  3. John October 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I also am surprised Morales didn’t make it. Eric Hosmer is ranked 12th… he’s a month older than Morales, is a slow first baseman, and had a .734 OPS. OF Chris Archer (#17) struck out 180 times and is 23. OF Grant Desme (#18) had similar numbers to Morales, with a higher rate of strikeouts, and is 23.

    I noticed a couple guys who hit better once they were promoted to a hitter-friendly High-A league. That could be a factor, questionable though it would be.

    Whereas BBA has Hicks as no better than the 6th MWL outfielder, I think he’s solidly #3 behind Hicks (projects as CF) and Decker (much more advanced as a hitter, even younger than Morales).

    • John October 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

      edit: In the last sentence, substitute ‘Morales’ for the first ‘Hicks.’

  4. Ricky October 2, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    Angel Morales has a ton of upside and i feel he has a ceiling possibly like Carlos Beltran. His offensive value for a CF is very nice. Idk about him not being in top 20 tho, but his bat and defense is promising. Going to look forward to what he does in the Florida State league. The walk rate is low, but decent. wasn’t Revere top MWL prospect last season?

  5. TT October 2, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    The explanation in Jim Challis chat at BBA seems to be that Morales is a high reward, high risk player and scouts see the risk as higher. He compares him to Estan(?) Beltre, who was on the list last year but struggled this year.

    He also said the competition was very high with 14 teams in the league. My guess is that if you asked several different groups of scouts to do these lists you would end up with 40 or more players who appeared on at least one of the lists. The difference between Hicks and the 20th player may have some significane, but the major league careers of the 11-20 players probably aren’t going to be that much different than the 21-30.

    We can make way too much of these lists. They are really entertainment.

  6. roger October 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I just hope that Morales reads all this, takes it to heart and gets 100% p…… off and proves everyone at BA wrong next year! Personally, I expect next season will be a continuation of the last half of this year and he will blossom in the FSL.

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