Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/12/12
Yesterdays three team blockbuster which sent Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati included a couple of my favorite prospects from the 2012 season. Trevor Bauer ranked is the third best right-handed starting pitcher and Didi Gregorius ranked as the seventh best shortstop. On Twitter, prospect followers consider Gregorius to be a lesser player than Trevor Bauer and surmised that the DBacks traded the right-hander because he’s not as good as advertised. From four-plus years scouting prospects in person, this may not be the case considering I see more quality starting pitching prospects in one season than I ever have shortstops. 2012 was a particularly strong year for shortstops from my perspective. In counting 12 who profiled as Major League regulars, one could assume there’s plenty to go around. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I think back to prior seasons, I have a difficult time recalling any top flight shortstop prospects other than Rangers Jurickson Profar and Red Sox Xander Bogaerts.
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