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Baseball Prospectus on Travis Snider, Alex Dickerson, Jose Tabata, etc

I don't want to give away BP's free content but a couple of interesting evaluations in the comment section (which is free to read):

Q: Is Alex Dickerson a prospect?

A: Dickerson's big issue entering the draft was that his raw power was heavily geared to the pull side and he had trouble covering the outer half against good arms, especially in his summer stints with wood. He's corrected that some as a pro, getting his upper and lower half working together more consistently, but he is going to really have to hit to carve out a full-time spot in The Show, because he's absolutely limited to first base, defensively, and is a plodder on the bases. As an aside, he hit some of the most impressive BP homeruns I've seen at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, clearing the tree line just past the right field wall.

Q: What is it that gives Tabata a chance to still be successful, but Snider a likely 5th outfielder? Many pirate fans might think that those descriptions are reversed (that's responding to their respective descriptions in Under 25 rankings portion of the piece).

A: For me, Tabata's overall profile is more diverse and the secondary offensive skills are superior to Snider's. It's unlikely either is an impact player, but Tabata still has a chance to carve out everyday value with a little ISO improvement and some BABIP bounceback. I can still see a .275/.350/.450 line as a possibility, which I imagine combined with average defense and slightly above-average on-base value would make him around a 2-win player or slightly below. Snider's bat-to-ball struggles make it harder for me to buy into him as an everyday hitter. There is still pop there, but I haven't seen consistent production from him in years outside of some stretches in hitter haven Vegas. In short, Snider profiles to me as a straight up-down guy, while Tabata's profile still has some breathing room on the ML side, mostly because of secondary skills and the fact that the hit tool grades better. I wouldn't be shocked if I ended-up on the wrong side, but I feel pretty comfortable with their respective 25U rankings.

Q: How far is Jose Osuna from the Top 10? I understand that the life of a right handed 1B sucks but Osuna put together a nice year in the SAL as a 19 year old (.510 SLG post ASG) and he could also play LF...

A: He wasn't in the discussion. I'm not a big fan of the defensive profile, which puts more pressure on the bat, and I have legit questions about the ultimate projection of the bat. Top 20 for sure, but tough to crack the top ten in this system.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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