Quincy Latimore's prospect status has always been a highly debated topic, especially on this site. He started off the 2011 season by going 2-for-4 with two doubles in his first game at the AA level. Immediately everyone got in to a frenzy that he should be one of the top prospects in the system, due to his young age (22 years old) and his power, after hitting 19 home runs in high-A last year.
Latimore is young, and he does have power, arguably some of the best in the system. The problem is that he's basically a young, one-tool guy. He doesn't have good contact skills, leading to a low average. He's got bad pitch recognition skills, leading to a low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. He doesn't have the defensive skills to play a prime defensive position, limiting him to the corner outfield duties. He's got some speed, but not enough to make an impact as a weapon on the bases.
All of that said, let's take a look at someone else in the system whose prospect status has been...
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