Keith Law yesterday opened the Prospectalooza that is the numerous Top 100 prospects lists we see around this time every year. The big surprise (at least to me) is that power 1B Lars Anderson is the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball. I've heard lots of good things about him, but No. 7??
Law says this about him:
Anderson has outstanding plate discipline for a prospect his age – or any age, really, but his relative youth makes it much more impressive. His career OBP sits at .404, and you can see a cerebral approach to the strike zone. … once he gets started, he's very short to the ball and makes a lot of hard contact with good backspin. He has the swing and physical potential to hit 30-plus home runs, but is still working out which pitches to pull and which pitches to take to the opposite field. He's adequate at first base despite being a well below-average runner. Despite the fact that he finished 2008 with a strong performance in Double-A, Anderson is a few years away from becoming an impact big-league hitter with both a high OBP and big power, but he has the complete package and only requires development time to get there.
Well, I'll be. Color me a little more excited about him than I was before. The rest of the relevant (for this site) Top 100 (26-100 are Insider only):
- 7: Anderson
- 46: Austin Jackson — "he's still a great athlete, but it's not translating into baseball skills as quickly as hoped."
- 52: Michael Bowden — "no ceiling" but also not likely to be more than a No. 4.
- 81: Nick Hagadone — would have been Top 40 except for TJ surgery
- 83: Jesus Montero — "Catcher in name only" but a "very promising bat" that would work at first
- 90: Junichi Tazawa — could be in bigs by year's end, but looks better as a reliever
- 94: Daniel Bard — all stuff, no head
- 95: Andrew Brackman — "Significant upside" if he can stay healthy and regain command after TJ
- HM: Dellin Betances — "All upside" with great stuff but needs a lot of development
- HM: Josh Reddick — Great bat, great arm, poor plate discipline
- Missed the cut for Boston: Casey Kelly, Stolmy Pimentel, Ryan Westmoreland, Michael Almanzar
- Missed the cut for New York: Zach McAllister