Matthew St-Germain

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2008 NL Central Prospects

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Steven Pearce, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pearce is an under-the-table guy to keep your eyes on. Has produced at a 30 home run pace throughout his minor league career, and only defense has held him back. Has power to all fields, plays a solid first base and even has some nice speed for a slugger (16 stolen bases last year). He's blocked by Adam LaRoche, but if his play improves in right field, he could see more time. As it stands, he will have limited at bats, but still could produce at a high level for a rookie and move up this list.

Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh's one true impact player, whom normally would be listed amongst the Bruce's and Rasmus' of the prospect world, slides out of 12-team mixed leagues due to his limited power ceiling and eroding plate discipline. While he will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting center field job, a more likely scenario is a mid-season call up, and a limited fantasy impact outside of steals and runs. His speed and defense is top notch, but as stated above, he still has bat work to fine tune, and that's best done at Triple-A Indianapolis for a full season.

Neil Walker, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Move from behind the plate helped Walker focus on hitting to increasingly positive results. Walker has a smooth swing, good bat speed and some quickness on the base paths, all traits lacking from anyone manning the hot corner in Pittsburgh for some time. Jose Bautista's RZR (.612) says a third base upgrade is needed, though he did make 36 out-of-zone plays, which means Walker is likely limited for 2008. He is, however, their third baseman of the future despite his own limited range.

2008 NL-Only, with projected job:

Eric Patterson, 2B, Chicago Cubs (possible starting/mid-season 2nd baseman)
Felipe Paulino, RHP, Houston Astros (possible 5th starter/middle reliever)
Chris Perez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (middle reliever)
Daniel Moskos, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (middle reliever)
Sean Gallagher, RHP, Chicago Cubs (spot starter)
Tyler Colvin, RF, Chicago Cubs (platoon outfielder)
Brian Barton, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (platoon outfielder)
Matt Maloney, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (possible 5th starter/middle reliever)
Sam Gervacio, RHP, Houston Astros (middle reliever)
Chad Reineke, RHP, Houston Astros (middle reliever/RH specialist)
Kevin Hart, RHP, Chicago Cubs (middle reliever)


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