Call Joe Sclafani the Rodney Dangerfield of the TCB Top 30 prospect list.
(Is that too dated a reference? People still watch Caddyshack, right? RIGHT?)
The No. 22
But, Joe Sclafani could have a better career in the majors than all but a handful of people ahead of him on this list.
Sclafani should be much higher on the list. He should be the next great super sub on the Astros. He should be the first guy in the Top 30 to make an impact in the majors this season. We should all be excited about him.
But, how many people can muster excitement over Joe Sclafani?
Let me attempt to change that. Did you know that only four players in the Pacific Coast League had a higher on-base percentage in 200 or more plate appearances than Sclafani's
In fact, most of the players to post an on-base percentage over
Both Bryant and Peterson have significantly more prospect buzz than Sclafani. Peterson was a key part of the Justin Upton deal, heading from San Diego to the Braves. Can anyone see Sclafani being a key cog in a big-time Astros deal?
Maybe we should.
What are the knocks on Sclafani? Well, he doesn't have power and he doesn't have a set position. He doesn't strike out, though. He
Yet, Sclafani was still hung with that C+ grade. He's still
We know why that is. Phillips has upside. Sclafani does not.
But, couldn't you envision a line line this for Sclafani in the near future?
That's reachable this season for Sclafani.
That first line? That was Bill Spiers in his rookie season with the Brewers.
That's right. I'm saying that Sclafani could be Bill Spiers for the Astros, a guy who can play everywhere, who never gets a ton of playing time, but can help a roster greatly. Spiers played for the Astros for six years and had a career line in Houston of
Spiers had a career WAR total of 9.6. If Sclafani can produce like that, he'd be more successful than all but 10 guys from the 2002 draft.
Do I have a scientific basis for this? Nope.
Those are all great reasons why Sclafani is on the list where he is. Just watch him, is all I'm saying. Watch him beat out all those guys ranked higher than he is in
Watch him become the next Billy Spiers.