The Player Formally Known As Adriano Rosario
For a lack of better things to do, this is as good as time as any to look at the prospects that are being bandied around in the trade rumors with the Diamondbacks.
When the Diamondbacks signed Adriano Rosario in 2002 for $400,000, they thought he was 19 years old. However, it turns out that was actually 22 and his name was Ramon Antonio Peña Paulino. Furthermore, he's on the 40 man roster so I really see no need for him at this point since he creates a need to make another roster move. There is no doubt he has good stuff as BA reports he has a fastball that sits at about 97-98 mph, but he has baggage. He is not in the country at this point and does not have a visa to get into the country. While he could be used in the pen possibly and help out sooner rather than later, the below options are much better.
Conor Jackson was the 11th rated prospect in the Texas League and the 5th rated prospect in the California League according to Baseball America.
He has a quick bat, a willingness to use the entire field and developing power. He should hit for average and produce 20-30 homers annually.
“He doesn’t swing at bad pitches,” Inland Empire manager Daren Brown said, "and he doesn’t miss good ones."
Seen by many as the offensive mirror image of Quentin, Jackson doesn't offer as much with the glove. His below-average speed and arm strength had some observers predicting an eventual move to first base, where he'd still have enough bat.
Carlos Quentin was rated the #4 prospect in the in the California League and the #7 rated prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America. He was amazingly hit by 43 pitches in 2004.
John Manual from BA:
I don't put it past Quentin to be in Arizona next year. This year was a long time coming for the D-backs; everyone saw they aged quickly, everyone knew about the huge deferred payments, and that it would be imperative for the farm system to produce everyday players who were cheap, because so much deferred money is still being paid out. So to me, Quentin could earn a shot next year; I think he's tough to get a read on ceiling wise. That high OBP is inflated by 43 HBPs, and is he going to keep taking doses like that in the major leagues? I don't know how that will happen. To me, the most likely scenario is Quentin hits .270 with 25-30 homers and brings a team all kinds of grit, toughness and character. I think he can be a starter on a championship team.
Sergio Santos was the 6th rated prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America. He is a shortstop that could develop plus power that I'm sure can easily slide over the second base.
Santos was moving quickly before a left shoulder injury slowed him this season. He went on the disabled list for good in July after playing through the pain for four months, but still showed off two well-above-average tools: his raw power and his arm. Some scouts grade both tools as 70 on the 20-80 scale.
Baseball America said that Jackson and Quentin were considered offensive mirror images of each other and that was dead on. Take a look at their 2004 numbers between A and AA.
Really, it looks like all of those guys are great picks and would help the Mets out with the exception of Ramon Antonio Peña. If Omar can do something to strengthen the pen and the farm system while freeing an outfield spot for a possible deal with Magglio, then he just might get my vote for smartest man alive.