By John Manuel
August 12, 2004
This week, we move to the top third basemen in the minors. We will be traveling around the diamond, ranking the top players at each position every other weekend until the end of the season. With the Mets' David Wright graduating to the big leagues, this is the way the list shakes out, with the top of the list as competitive as any position in the minors. There's a pronounced drop after the top three, but still good depth at the hot corner.
1. Andy Marte, Braves
Just 20, Marte has a combination of tools, production and experience that gives him an edge on Ian Stewart and Dallas McPherson. He doesn't quite have McPherson's power, but he has more than enough, especially to the opposite field. He has good pitch recognition and is the kind of hitter who should be even better as pitchers are around the plate more at higher levels. He's just 18 months older than Stewart but has proven his mettle at two higher levels. He missed a month with an ankle sprain this season but was still slugging .553 while playing excellent defense at third. His defense--few doubt that his arm and athletic ability will allow him to stay at the position--also gives him an edge.
20살의 마르떼는 툴과 생산력, 경험을 골고루 갖췄습니다. 맥퍼슨만큼은 아니지만 뛰어난 파워와 특히 밀어치는게 좋습니다.
피치 식별이 뛰어나서, 더 높은 레벨에서 유인구를 잘 활용하는 투수들한테도 잘 대처할 것입니다.
발목 부상으로 한 달을 결장했었지만, 빼어난 성적에는 별 영향이 없었습니다.
송구 등 운동능력이 뛰어난 수비수라는 점도 플러스 요인이져. 스튜어트보다 18개월 더 나이가 많고, 두 단계 위의 레벨에서 뛰고 있습니다.
2. Ian Stewart, Rockies
Just 19, Stewart has taken apart the low Class A South Atlantic League this season with an offensive approach resembling that of Jim Thome. He's a dead-pull hitter, but it hasn't stopped him from leading the league in homers (26) and extra-base hits (56) while ranking second in slugging (.580). Significantly, 14 of his homers have been hit away from cozy McCormick Field in Asheville, and he's shown patience (54 walks) at the plate. Rockies officials praise his maturity and makeup, and they think he'll work hard enough to remain a third baseman, at least in the short term. If not, he probably has the power to move across the diamond and be an elite hitter.
짐 토미 유형의 타격 어프로치를 구사하는 19살의 스튜어트는 극단적인 당겨맨으로, 로우싱글 샐리리그의 장타관련 부문들의 최상위권에 있습니다.
타자구장으로 알려진 홈구장에서 12홈런, 원정에서 14홈런을 기록중이져. 볼넷 숫자는 54개로 꽤 준수한 편입니다.
로키스의 간부진에선 그의 성숙도와 메이크업을 칭찬하는데여. 문제가 되지 않을까 여져지던 3루 수비에 있어선, 적어도 당분간은 3루에 남을 수 있게끔 노력으로 커버할 거라고 생각합니다.
3. Dallas McPherson, Angels
It's hard to put a player with a .664 slugging percentage third on this list, but McPherson's age (24) and propensity to swing and miss put him just behind his peers. The tools are there for McPherson to make the move to Anaheim next year, if needed. His raw power matches up with any minor leaguer's, as his 33 homers (13 in 155 at-bats in Triple-A) attest. He's battled a hip flexor since he got to Salt Lake, and he tends fly open in his swing, which leads to the swings and misses. McPherson should be able to make the adjustments, as he has shown he can defensively. He'll never be better than average, but he should be adequate and has excellent arm strength.
.664장타율의 선수를 3위에 놓은 것은 어려운 일이었습니다. 24살로 상대적으로 많은 나이가 큰 이유였죠.
수비에서 송구는 좋은 편이지만, 전체적으로는 3루에 계속 남아 있을 수 있다면 만족해야할 것입니다.
4. Edwin Encarnacion, Reds
At 21, Encarnacion is having a steady season in Double-A and continues to rank among the Reds' top prospects. His power is more gap-to-gap now, but he makes consistent contact and has shown good pitch recognition in his first full season in the Southern League. Encarnacion doesn't have a tool that stands out, but he also doesn't have a weakness. He's an efficient basestealer, a solid defender and will take an occasional walk. He just doesn't profile as an elite, all-star at the position.
21살의 엔카나시온은 더블에이에서 꾸준한 시즌을 보내고 있습니다. 장타력은 아직 갭파워에 머물고 있지만, 지속적인 컨택트와 좋은 피치 식별을 보여주고 있져.
눈에 확 뜨이는 툴은 없지만, 딱히 떨어지는 툴도 없이 골고루 발달했습니다.
효과적인 베이스스틸러이고, 수비도 솔리드합니다.
5. Andy LaRoche, Dodgers
In his first pro season, LaRoche has shown a high ceiling and aptitude for his new position. A shortstop in junior college, LaRoche has range and mobility more befitting a third baseman, and more than enough arm strength. A bigger question was his power, but he's shown enough to profile for third. He has strong hands and good bat speed to catch up to good fastballs, and he had 10 homers in his first 161 at-bats since a promotion to high Class A (and 23 on the year overall). With more experience, LaRoche should continue to learn which pitches he can drive and could have 30-homer potential.
첫번째 프로 시즌에, 라로쉬는 높은 실링과 새로운 포지션에 맞는 소질을 보여줬습니다. 대학에서 유격수였던 그는 3루수에 더 적합한 움직임과 레인지를 지녔고, 송구 강도도 뛰어납니다.
좋은 패스트볼도 때릴 수 있는 배트 스피드와 강한 손을 지닌 그는, 하이싱글 플로리다리그 승격 후에 어려운 리그환경 속에서도 161타수 10홈런을 기록했습니다.
경험이 쌓임에 따라 30홈런 포텐셜을 보여줄 것입니다.
6. Jeff Baker, Rockies
Perhaps having Stewart below him in the system has helped push Baker, who has stayed healthy and had his first productive professional season. Scouts had makeup questions on Baker in college, where he was perceived as a stubborn hitter who wouldn't make adjustments, but he has shown that ability in pro ball. He raked in the California League (.325/.434/.539) and has kept up nearly the same pace since a promotion to Double-A Tulsa. He has the arm, reflexes and arm for third base but has struggled defensively making the routine play consistently.
건강한 상태로 꾸준하게 생산적인 시즌을 보내고 있져. 수비에서 송구와 반사신경은 괜찮지만, 루틴 플레이를 한결같이 처리하지 못하고 어려움을 겪습니다.
7. Nate Schierholtz, Giants
For part of the season, the 20-year-old Schierholtz was slugging right with Stewart (.296/.353/.584 in the Sally League). Since a promotion to high Class A San Jose, though, Schierholtz hasn't hit for as much power (.270/.326/.447). A surprise third-round pick out of a Northern California junior college, Schierholtz has a sound lefthanded swing, and the ball jumps off his bat. Some scouts project him to hit 25-35 homers in the majors, but he needs more at-bats against quality pitchers to better recognize breaking balls. His defensive tools are average, and some scouts have said his infield actions are stiff.
이안 스튜어트 못지않은 성적을 로우싱글에서 거두고 하이싱글로 승격된 20살의 쉬어홀츠는, 승격 전보다 특히 장타력이 줄어들었지만 전체적으로 나쁘지 않은 모습입니다.
작년의 서프라이즈 2라운드픽이었던 그는 견실한 스윙의 좌타자입니다. 25-35홈런 포텐셜로 평가받기도 하져.
수비 툴은 평균 정도인데, 움직임이 다소 딱딱하다는 평가도 있습니다.
8. Mark Teahen, Royals
Teahen has youth on his side (he's 22) and should get a chance in the major leagues soon. He was a key part of the Royals' trade with the Athletics and Astros that landed Octavio Dotel in Oakland and Carlos Beltran in Houston. He has a smooth line-drive stroke and has shown more power this year by incorporating his lower half more into his swing. However, he's a 10-15-homer guy at best in the big leagues, and he swings and misses more than one would expect for a line-drive hitter with a relatively polished approach. He's sound defensively with a strong arm and a feel for the position.
벨트란 딜의 메인 유망주로 더 유명해진 22살의 티헨은 곧 빅리그에서의 기회를 맞이할 것입니다.
부드러운 라인드라이브 스윙을 보여주며, 올해 더 증가한 파워를 보여주고 있지만 빅리그에선 맥시멈 10-15홈런이 예상됩니다.
강한 송구와 포지션 감각을 갖춘 견실한 수비수입니다.
9. Eric Duncan, Yankees
The Yankees showcased Duncan during July, promoting him to high Class A Tampa with two things in mind. First, they wanted to challenge him and keep him from going stale on a mediocre Midwest League team. Second, if he performed in the FSL it would boost his trade stock. As it is, he's probably the Yankees' best prospect. Duncan has lefthanded raw power that teams covet--as evinced by his 14 home runs and 33 doubles--but he's not making consistent enough contact (110 strikeouts in 389 at-bats) to truly break out. The Yankees will have to be more patient with his bat and his inconsistent defense, as he's made 25 errors.
양키가 지난 7월 던컨을 하이싱글로 승격시킬 때는 두가지 의도가 있었습니다. 첫째, 그가 있던 로우싱글팀이 너무 별볼일 없어서 거기서 끄집어낼 필요를 느꼈고...둘째, 승격 후에 잘 한다면 틀드 가치가 더욱 올라갈 테니까요.
양키의 탑 유망주라고 할 수 있는 그는, 두 레벨에서 33이루타 14홈런을 때려낸 상당한 러 파워의 좌타자입니다. 389타수 110삼진을 기록함으로써 안정적인 컨택트능력에 문제를 드러내기도 했져.
이런 타격의 약점과 25에러를 기록한 불안정한 수비가 나아지는 것을, 양키는 참을성을 갖고 기다려야 할 것입니다.
10. Matt Moses, Twins
Moses hasn't played since May due to a bulging disc problem in his back, an ominous injury that could sap power and energy from his prodigious bat. Moses' upside, however, keeps him on this list, because if he's healthy, he could be an elite hitter. His compact swing evokes Hank Blalock, and his work ethic leads to excellent aptitude. Moses' back injury also could degrade his already-fringy defensive tools, but at just 19, he has time to come back from the injury.
모제스?는 등의 디스크 때문에 5월 이후 뛰지 못했습니다. 그의 재능을 갉아먹을지 모르는 위험한 부상이져.
건강하다고 가정한다면, 그 재능은 이 순위에 있기에 손색이 없습니다. 블레이락과 비슷한 컴팩트 스윙과 남다른 워크에식이 돋보이져.
등 부상이 타격뿐만 아니라 뛰어난 수비 툴까지 망가뜨릴 가능성도 있지만, 19살의 모제스는 아직 부상에서 이상없이 돌아올 수 있는 충분한 시간이 있습니다.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER
Garret Atkins, Rockies
Aarom Baldiris, Mets
Shawn Bowman, Mets
Matt Craig, Cubs
Jamie D'Antona, Diamondbacks
Mitch Maier, Royals
Bronson Sardinha, Yankees
Micah Schnurstein, White Sox
Brian Snyder, A's
Raul Tablado, Blue Jays
Terry Tiffee, Twins