McKamey Discusses More Diamondbacks Prospects

Minor League Expert Deric McKamey continues to answer out questions on Diamondbacks prospects. This edition includes analysis of Gerardo Parra, Ed Easley, Hector Ambriz, Emilio Bonifacio, Tyrell Worthington, Wes Roemer, and Barry Enright.

Deric McKamey of Baseballhq.com was kind enough to answer our questions about the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

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Wes Roemer and Barry Enright came out of this year's draft as similar looking control artists.  What makes Roemer stand above Enright?

There are a few things that Roemer does better than Enright in my eyes.  Roemer throws slightly harder, has more effective secondary pitches, and is more deceptive with his delivery.  Enright does possess a better build and throws with less effort.  As you mention, both have outstanding command, but I worry that Enright won't have the same ability to dominate (strikeout rate, lower opponent BA), whereas Roemer has such quick arm action and aggressiveness, along with the other factors I listed, that I believe he'll fare better in the majors.

Some scouts say that Gerardo Parra might develop 30-homer power like a Magglio Ordonez or a Bobby Abreu.  Do you think that is realistic?

I really like Parra and the skills he possesses, but I think developing 30-home run power is a bit optimistic.  Parra has moderate bat speed, makes pretty good contact, and has the frame to add muscle, but looking at his power numbers at Visalia and South Bend in 2007 (.425 SLG, .112 ISO, and 0.23 XBH/H), I'd have a tough time believing he could develop that kind of power.

What do you see in the makeup of Hector Ambriz that suggests he is a low-ceiling prospect?

Ambriz had an outstanding season, especially in context to league he was pitching in.  None of his pitches really stand-out and has average velocity (87-92 MPH), so I'm pessimistic that he can sustain his strikeout rate at the upper levels.  Pitchers of his ilk that have solid command and ability to mix pitches typically perform well in Class-A.  The negatives to Ambriz are previous shoulder surgery, which really hasn't affected his stamina professionally, and his change-up, which grades below average.  My projection is that he'll be a middle reliever/spot starter.

Do you anticipate Ed Easley making the majors as a catcher, or could he have a future as a third baseman?

I don't see any reason why Easley couldn't catch in the majors.  I think he receives the ball well and has enough arm strength to keep base runners honest.  Granted, he doesn't move exceptionally well and his offense is certainly ahead of his defense, but the same things that would prevent him from catching would make playing 3B an equal problem.

Scouts drool over Emilio Bonifacio, but he hasn't put up very impressive offensive numbers aside from the stolen bases.  How do you balance that dichotomy?

Bonifacio is an explosive athlete and a plus runner (3.8 seconds to first base), which gets noticed immediately.  That being said, you still have to perform between the lines.  His bat is the biggest problem for me.  He does hit the ball on the ground and bunts well, which helps him utilize his speed, but has no power and isn't disciplined enough to draw walks.  Defensively, he can handle 2B, possessing range and soft/quick hands, but is limited to that position, which will minimize his opportunities.

What are the odds of Tyrell Worthington developing into a major leaguer?

Fairly low, but what an athletic talent!  Worthington rates as a plus athlete with blinding speed and has the bat speed to drive doubles from gap-to-gap.  He turned-down several football scholarships to turn his concentration towards baseball.  What he possesses in athletic talent, he gives-away in experience when compared to his contemporaries.  I certainly wouldn't downgrade him on the 37 at-bats he received at Missoula (.135 AVG), but I think that speaks to his lack of at-bats as an amateur. 

Deric McKamey's Minor League Baseball Analyst profiles over 1000 minor league prospects and includes detailed scouting reports, sabermetrics, major league equivalencies, organizational lists, a top 100 list, and potential ratings.  The book can be purchased through Baseball HQ, where the purchaser will also receive a free online update to the lists in the book.   You may also purchase the book through any of the major on-line bookstores.  The Minor League Baseball Analyst is expected to arrive mid-January.


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