Prospect rankings primer
Last year's Angels list
The Top Ten
1. Taylor Lindsey
Height/Weight: 6’0” 195 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st Round, 2010 draft, Desert Mountain HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
Previous Ranking: #5 (Org)
2013 Stats: .274/.339/.441 at Double-A Arkansas (134 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit
What Happened in 2013: Lindsey took a step forward to the Texas League and took a step forward with the stick, impressing scouts with his ability to square the baseball to all fields.
Strengths: The hit tool could be plus; shows above-average bat speed; quick hands; can square velocity; can track off-speed; good gap pop; has athleticism to play a passable second base.
Weaknesses: Wide-base setup and leg movement can effect timing and balance; power potential is fringe-average at best; below-average run; below-average range; hands in the field are fringy; arm is average but not a weapon; has to hit.
Overall Future Potential: High 5; above-average player
Realistic Role: Low 5; second division player
Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate risk; already achieved Double-A level
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: A much more interesting prospect in deeper leagues, Lindsey is one of the least exciting no. 1 prospects for fantasy that this series will feature. The batting average could be helpful, but the production everywhere else is likely to be middling at best. His best-case scenario is somewhere around Martin Prado for fantasy, which, while underrated, is not a star.
The Year Ahead: Lindsey is the top prospect in the Angels system, but I doubt he would sit atop the list for any other team in baseball. He has a really nice hit tool, and if you are one of those people who really, really believes in it—meaning you think he can develop into a .285-plus hitter at the major-league level—perhaps you can look beyond his other “average-at-best” attributes to see a first-division talent. I like the player and I think he will hit for a good average with some doubles power, but I don’t see a lot of over-the-fence power coming and the overall profile is a bit one dimensional.
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