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I remembered that when I was in Dunedin this spring I had taken pictures of some the kids who ended up in Auburn or in the GCL.  Here are those pictures.

We will start with Carlos Perez who is hitting well in Auburn.  He is hitting so well he deserves two pictures.

Perez is not as big as your prototypical catcher.  I would guess he is around 5'10" and not that bulky.  That slim frame helps him motor around the bases to pick up triples and stolen bases.


Jake Marisnick is hitting well too, in his case in the GCL.


KC Hobson is playing well too, although not yet showing much power, also in the GCL.


Michael Crouse was injured for a while, but he is back playing now.


Juan Hernandez is pitching for Auburn.  There are two Hernandez's on Auburn but this pitcher is left-handed so I assume it is him.


The only picture of Lance Durham and Gari Pena I have is of them warming up, through the fence.  So here it is.  Durham is pretty solid.  Durham is in Auburn, Pena in the GCL.


Jonathan Fernandez, Tony's son, is in Auburn.



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Helpmates - Sunday, July 18 2010 @ 11:38 PM EDT (#218690) #
Thanks very much for these pictures; fascinating stuff.

Perez is pretty damn impressive, so far.

ayjackson - Sunday, July 18 2010 @ 11:55 PM EDT (#218691) #
Ben Badler was pretty high on Perez as well and thinks he's a shoe-in for the Top 100 this year.  Right now, I could see as many as 7 Jays in the Top 100 - Drabek, Wallace, Arencibia, d'Arnaud, Alvarez, Perez and Hechevarria.  I have a feeling Arencibia could lose his eligibility over the next couple of months.
Kelekin - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 12:03 AM EDT (#218693) #
I'm not really sure how D'Arnaud deserves to be in the top 100.  Sure, he started the season hot, and he has a lot of potential, but if a player only posts a. 740 OPS two years in a row they're probably not going to be considered.
Kasi - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 12:41 AM EDT (#218695) #
Alvarez won't with the year he is having. Hech is possible if he keeps playing like he has lately. D'arnaud is currently top 75 anyway. Perez I think will make it. Drabek, Arencibia and Wallace are locks.

TamRa - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 01:05 AM EDT (#218696) #
off topic - is there something wrong with Chuck Huggins? This should have been his turn today but Beck (yuck) started.

I agree d'Ardaud doesn't look like a top 100 guy right now. It is encouraging to remember, though, that last year he was pretty invisible in the first half and quite hot in the second half.
Also, his OPS is still better than Tolisano and what Pastornicky left with.

Vic Parker - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#218699) #
A question about the games they were playing in the picures...are the players 'umping' the games?
Gerry - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 09:01 AM EDT (#218700) #

There were four games that day at the complex and only seven umpires.  So a player had to handle the base umpiring responsibilities and the game with only one umpire was the game with the most junior players.

Good catch.

ayjackson - Monday, July 19 2010 @ 09:04 AM EDT (#218701) #

Baseball America had d'Arnaud in their Top 50 on their Midseason review.  Keith Law has Alvarez ahead of Dee Gordon, Tanner Scheppers, Zach Wheeler and a few others that seem to be consensus Top 50.  So they have legitimate shots.

Remember that Alvarez just turned 20 and is in high A.  He throws 94-96 on the fastball with good sink and has a plus change and a slider/curve.  His numbers certainly aren't bad either.

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