From The Mets’ d’Arnaud-Wheeler Duo on Down, Projecting The Minors’ Top 10 Batterymates

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Thinking back on the mid-December trade that brought baseball’s No. 6 prospect (catcher Travis d’Arnaud) to a pairing with baseball’s No. 8 prospect (right-hander Zack Wheeler) got me writing. Below I project the 10 best sets of batterymates throughout the Minors this coming season. You’ll see that the hurler-catcher duos cover nine different leagues.

An advisory: Each player’s name, once clicked, will take you to his bio/statistics page. His organizational ranking as a prospect is the “No.” in parentheses. If you have questions about a particular player, ask away in the comment section and I promise to answer. Also let me know if you agree/disagree with the rankings and present your arguments.

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(Roger D. Peterson)

    1. Mets — Triple-A Buffalo (INT): Travis d’Arnaud (No. 1 in system) and RHP Zack Wheeler (No. 2)
    2. Braves – Triple-A Gwinnett (INT): Chrisitan Bethancourt (No. 2) and RHP Julio Teheran (No. 1)
    3. Mariners — Triple-A Tacoma (PCL): Mike Zunino (No. 3) and RHP Taijuan Walker (No. 1)
    4. Phillies: Triple-A Lehigh Valley (INT): Tommy Joseph (No. 3) and RHPs Ethan Martin (No. 2)
    5. Red Sox: Class A Advanced Salem (CAR) Blake Swihart (No. 9) and LHP Henry Owens (No. 5)
    6. Padres: Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (CAL): Austin Hedges (No. 5) and RHP Matt Wisler (No. 8)
    7. Rockies: Class A Advanced Modesto (CAL): Will Swanner (No. 8) and LHP Tyler Anderson (No. 6)
    8. Rangers: Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach (CAR): Jorge Alfaro (No. 5) and RHP Luke Jackson (No. 13)
    9. Pirates: Triple-A Indianapolis (INT): Tony Sanchez (No. 16) and RHP Gerrit Cole (No. 1). This omission was pointed out by a thoughtful reader on Twitter.
    10. Yankees — Double-A Trenton (EAS): Gary Sanchez (No. 1) and RHP Jose A. Ramirez (No. 13)

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6 Comments

I think the mariners and braves should switch places because the M’s battery has less questions. Zunino seems to have less questions about how much he’ll produce compared to Betancourt and walker’s stock has skyrocketed where teaheren’s has plummeted

That’s a fair argument, and I can’t really disagree with you. I will explain my reasoning for putting the Braves second: Bethancourt is an elite defender and, if we’re talking about a great battery, I give more weight to the catcher’s defense than his offense. Zunino will be the better hitter, but he has much more developing to do as a signal caller and receiver. … I’m also a believer in Teheran, though I understand why so many have cooled on his stock.

As a brave fan I appreciate it. But Teheran will be in the MLB so not sure he should make the list, but JR Gram would probably still make the combo top 10 worthy

Should we assume Teheran gets the Braves’ No. 5 starter spot? He’s got to earn it in spring, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

I thinks it’s going to be more of him having to lose it by having a bad spring than earn it. Unless Gilmartin has an incredible spring. I’d say its Teheran’s spot to lose, not earn.

Ah, got it. I’m a Teheran believer but, after his not-so-stellar time at Triple-A Gwinnett, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gilmartin win that battle.

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