The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Summary

Kyle Rivas

A review of the position in 2012 down to the A ball level for all of the AL Central franchises.

Alrighty then, with each position covered in more depth [catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, center field, right field], let's do a bit of a summary.

Here is the order in which I would ranked each position in the individual summaries and based on the 2012 results only (not where I think they will land in 2013):

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Catcher

MIN

CHW

CLE

KC

DET

First Base

DET

CHW

MIN

KC

CLE

Second Base

CLE

CHW

DET

KC

MIN

Shortstop

CLE

KC

DET

CHW

MIN

Third Base

DET

CHW

MIN

KC

CLE

Left Field

MIN

DET

KC

CHW

CLE

Center Field

DET

CHW

CLE

MIN

KC

Right Field

CHW

CLE

KC

DET

MIN

Using a straight 5 (best ) to 1 (worst) scale on each of the positions, we end up with a total ranking of:

Chicago: 29

Detroit: 28

Cleveland: 23

Minnesota: 21

Kansas City: 19

Only real surprise here is that Chicago edges out Detroit, and if we actually factored in DH, they would have finished higher. Even with the Tribe finishing dead last in the black holes of typical power sources (first, third and left), they finished in third, and decently ahead of the Royals who only had one last place finish.

And finally, let's summarize the top minor leaguers at each position by franchise. Note that this may differ from top prospect lists as I am only looking at 2012 data and not any players at A- or lower. (The table is a bit lengthy)

Catcher

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Jake Lowery

A+:A

2011-4

21

398

9

53

332

397

730

Alex Lavisky

A

2010-8

21

387

12

49

314

404

718

Chicago

Josh Phegley

AAA

2009-1

24

421

6

48

306

373

680

Detroit

Adolfo Reina

AAA:A+

2008 aFA

22

135

4

19

321

440

761

Kansas City

Max Ramirez

AAA

2011 mFA

27

445

17

77

374

473

847

Minnesota

Chris Herrmann

MLB:AA

Pre-Arb-1

24

558

10

61

350

392

741

Josmil Pinto

AA:A+

2006 aFA

23

445

14

60

362

482

844

First Base

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Chun-Hsiu Chen

AA

2008 aFA

23

459

5

43

394

426

820

Jesus Aguilar

AA:A+

2008 aFA

22

514

15

71

372

461

833

Chicago

Andy Wilkins

AA

2010-5

23

502

17

69

335

425

760

Dan Black

A+

2009-14

24

572

17

88

392

483

875

Detroit

Dean Green

A

2011-11

23

446

12

79

375

474

850

Kansas City

Brian Fletcher

AA:A+

2010 aFA

23

552

15

59

335

422

757

Minnesota

Lance Ray

A+

2010-8

22

426

13

66

327

403

730

Second Base

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Tony Wolters

A+

2010 aFA

20

537

8

58

320

404

724

Jose Ramirez

A:A-

2011 aFA

19

326

3

27

404

465

869

Chicago

Joey DeMichele

A:Rk

2012-3

21

308

7

38

334

479

813

Detroit

Marcus Lemon

A+

2012 mFA

24

319

3

29

388

445

833

Kansas City

Justin Trapp

A

2009-34

21

530

12

50

352

430

783

Minnesota

Eddie Rosario

A:Rk

2010-4

20

449

13

74

347

499

846

Shortstop

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Juan Diaz

MLB:AAA:AA

Pre-Arb-3

23

481

13

63

314

429

743

Ronny Rodriguez

A+

2011 aFA

20

483

19

66

300

452

752

Chicago

Carlos Sanchez

AAA:AA:A+

2009 aFA

20

588

1

56

378

403

781

Marcus Semien

A+

2011-6

21

487

14

59

362

471

833

Detroit

Eugenio Suarez

A

2009 aFA

20

604

6

67

389

409

789

Kansas City

Christian Colon

AAA:AA:Rk

2010-1

23

363

6

36

376

413

790

Orlando Calixte

A+:A

2010 aFA

20

532

14

62

315

444

759

Minnesota

Daniel Santana

A+

2008 aFA

21

547

8

60

329

410

739

Third Base

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Adam Abraham

AA

2008-13

25

434

13

54

343

441

783

Giovanny Urshela

A+

2009 aFA

20

475

14

59

309

446

755

Chicago

Juan Silverio

A+

2008 aFA

21

286

8

51

285

433

719

Chris Curley

A+:A

2012 mFA

24

221

11

30

326

510

836

Detroit

Nick Castellanos

AA:A+

2010-1

20

584

10

57

365

451

815

Wade Gaynor

AA:A+

2009-3

24

475

16

74

352

442

794

Kansas City

Daniel Mateo

A

2009 aFA

20

568

8

61

325

386

711

Minnesota

Miguel Sano

A

2010 aFA

19

553

28

100

373

521

893

Left Field

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Tim Fedroff

AAA:AA

2008-7

25

543

12

54

394

485

879

Jeremie Tice

AA:A+

2008-6

25

280

13

58

357

528

886

Chicago

Brady Shoemaker

AA:A+

2009-19

25

572

17

85

416

486

902

Detroit

Wade Gaynor

AA:A+

2009-3

24

475

16

74

352

442

794

Tyler Collins

A+

2011-6

22

542

7

66

371

429

800

Kansas City

David Lough

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

26

544

10

69

317

420

737

Brian Fletcher

AA:A+

2010 aFA

23

552

15

59

335

422

757

Minnesota

Wilkin Ramirez

AAA:AA:A+

2012 mFA

26

463

19

61

326

486

812

Center Field

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Carlos Moncrief

A+

2008-14

23

407

15

53

339

465

804

LeVon Washington

A+:A

2010-2

20

57

0

4

439

354

793

Chicago

Jared Mitchell

AAA:AA

2009-1

23

549

11

67

358

420

778

Trayce Thompson

AAA:AA:A+

2009-2

21

588

25

96

328

482

809

Courtney Hawkins

A+:A:Rk

2012-1

18

249

8

33

324

480

804

Detroit

Austin Schotts

A+:Rk

2012-3

18

181

3

21

360

449

809

Kansas City

Lane Adams

A+:A

2009-13

22

576

11

69

326

395

721

Minnesota

Aaron Hicks

AA

2008-1

22

563

13

61

384

460

844

Eddie Rosario

A:Rk

2010-4

20

449

13

74

347

499

846

Right Field

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Carlos Moncrief

A+

2008-14

23

407

15

53

339

465

804

Chicago

Michael Earley

A+

2010-29

24

503

13

73

352

467

819

Detroit

Nick Castellanos

AA:A+

2010-1

20

584

10

57

365

451

815

Tyler Collins

A+

2011-6

22

542

7

66

371

429

800

Steven Moya

A

2009 aFA

20

258

9

47

319

481

801

Kansas City

Jorge Bonifacio

A

2010 aFA

19

448

10

61

336

432

768

Minnesota

Oswaldo Arcia

AA:A+

2008 aFA

21

534

17

98

388

539

928

Lance Ray

A+

2010-8

22

426

13

66

327

403

730

The top catchers look to be Pinto from the Twins and our own Lavisky or Lowery. But all in all, a fairly bleak position. At first, the top players seem to be the Tribe's Aguilar and Chicago's Wilkins. At second, each team has an intriguing guy, but none of them have passed A+ yet. At short, the Tribe continues to lead the pack with Rodriguez, but the White Sox have Simien and the Twins have Calixte. Finishing up the infield, the Twins have the best one of the entire infield with Sano, and the Tigers also have Castellanos. But based on the numbers, the only upper echelon prospect of the infield bunch is Sano.

Heading to the outfield ... in left there is not much, but the best one could be Fletcher from the Royals or Collins from the Tigers. Center has many more options, with the White Sox having three, Mitchell, Thompson and Hawkins. And the Twins have Rosario and Hicks. Finally in right, the best looks to be Arcia from the Twins. I would list Thompson and Arcia as the best of the outfield guys.

If the Royals hadn't foolishly dealt Myers this offseason, he would have been far and away the best player prospect for all five systems. But since he is not around, I would identify Sano, Thompson and Arcia as the most likely bets to become integral parts at the major league levels. Quite a few others will also make the show of course, but may instead become role players at best.

This series attempts to review how each position fared within the AL Central last year and what holds for the future. The first chart reviews how the position fared in the majors between the five teams. The subsequent charts track each position through each team's farm system. Status is not always correct as some of the info was culled a few weeks ago. For players not on the 40-man roster, I have taken my best guess as when/how they were acquired. Not every player who played the position in the minors has been identified as again, I have tried to identify core players at the position only. Some identified as minor league free agents, could have been trade acquisitions. I also only reviewed down to the A level as players at A- or in the rookie leagues are still quite volatile.

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