Sean Coyle exhibits leadership and awesome hat choice, builds houses. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
He's small, he's scrappy, he plays second base (and reasonably well)! He's Sean Coyle, and yes, everyone and their grandmother has compared him to Dustin Pedroia. It's a big comparison to live up to, of course, but after year #1 in the system, Coyle's close enough to that track to earn himself the #12 spot in this deep farm system.
Interestingly enough, however, Sean Coyle has so far profiled as a three true outcomes player offensively--something of a rarity for a middle infielder. Showing a surprising bit of power in Greenville, knocking 14 balls out of the park in just 384 at bats. And while his batting average suffered due to his 110 strikeouts, he drew enough walks to boost his OBP up to .362.
So there are holes that need to be fixed, certainly, but it's a strong first year for our 3rd round pick from 2010. What's more, it could have been better were it not for an unfortunate stint on the sidelines caused by a ball to the head which left Coyle in need of dental surgery. His first few weeks back from the disabled list were completely unlike the rest of his season, which saw some periods of absolute brilliance. If he can avoid, y'know, more dental surgery, then 2012 could be even better.
1. Ryan Lavarnway, C/DH
2. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
4. Ryan Kalish, OF
5. Anthony Ranaudo, SP
6. Jose Iglesias, SS
7. Matt Barnes, SP
8. Garin Cecchini, SS
9. Brandon Jacobs, OF
10. Bryce Brentz, OF
11. Blake Swihart, C
12. Sean Coyle, 2B
Eight places to go in four weeks of spring training. Hopefully none of the above guys will bomb so badly that we vote them back in at #15 or something.
Your rec is your vote, so vote below, or start your own thread if your choice isn't there and I'll vote for you.