BA’s Ben Badler did the honors for Baseball America in their weekly ESPN chat this week.
Brian (Brooklyn): Was Wilmer Flores the number 1 international prospect signing last year? Also has he been the most productive from last year's class?
Ben Badler: (3:08 PM ET ) The scouts we've talked to do like Murphy and say he's going to be a good hitter in the big leagues. I think a lot of times if a guy posts good numbers in the minor leagues but doesn't get written about as much as the premium, elite-level prospects, it gets assumed that scouts don't like him, but that's not always the case.
Implicit in this answer is the notion that scouts like guys who won’t necessarily be all-stars, but rather MLBers, while fans focus on finding and hoping every minor leaguer will be an all-star.
Brad (Georgia): Tommy Hanson and Charlie Morton or Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell?
Ben Badler: (3:08 PM ET ) Hanson/Morton, but mostly just because of Hanson.
This is more than fair. Tommy Hanson had a dynamite year in AA with the Mississippi Braves going 8-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 114 K, 41 walked and just 70 hits allowed in 98 innings.