Tom Haudricourt did a chat at Baseball America.com yesterday.
Unfortunately, the chat is behind the subscriber wall.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of “Where would this guy have rated if XXXX had happened?” Or, “THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!” or, “Will XXXXX be rated in the Top 30 for the 2011 Handbook?”
So, I’m just going to pull a few Q’s & A’s as they relate to Rattlers from 2010.
Steaky (Mass): What’s your assessment of Hunter Morris, and how close to your top 10 list did he rank?
Tom Haudricourt: The Brewers think Morris’ bat will take him through the system quickly. They even gave him some playing time at third base in the Arizona Fall League. I don’t have the list I submitted originally to BA, so I’m not sure where Morris will rank. I believe he was 10-20, somewhere in there.
Tex (Houston, TX): Khris Davis – prospect or suspect?
Tom Haudricourt: The Brewers’ love Davis’ bat. They just aren’t sure exactly where to play him to keep moving him through the system. They’ve had that problem with players before and eventually figured it out. Davis was given consideration for my Top 30 list but didn’t quite make it.
Kade Nelson (Chippewa Falls,Wi.): What do you think of Erik Komatsu and Cam Garfield? Also,any chance Arnett turns it around? Thanks.
Tom Haudricourt: Komatsu is a guy to watch because after an injury-plagued 2009, he played very well last season. The Brewers think he’s going to be an on-base type guy and therefore a future leadoff hitter. Garfield has to continue to catch, get experience and prove he’ll hit enough to be more than a projected backup. As for Arnett, let’s just say that 2011 is a mighty big year for him.
Shane (Miami): Tom – My condolences on having to put together this list; however, I am one that believes the Brewers used their system properly in making their deals for Greinke and Marcum, if they feel they can contend. What are your thoughts about Gennett sticking at second?
Tom Haudricourt: Second base is definitely the position for Gennett in the future because he comes up a bit short defensively at shortstop. He’s one of those gritty kids who does what it takes to win. Gotta like anybody named “Scooter,” right?
There are a few other Timber Rattlers noted in the chat. TH thinks that Del Howell may wind up back in Wisconsin to start the 2011 season. He also thinks that it is too early in the career of Kentrail Davis to compare him to Caleb Gindl.