Originally Posted by Eric_Davis
We've had this conversation going on here now for three days. Anyone know how good a defensive catcher Saltamachia is? I can only guess that he must be outstanding, or he wouldn't have been taken with the 33rd overall pick in the draft (1st Round).
"Defensively, he has all the athleticism, arm strength, and game intelligence necessary to be a fine catcher, needing only additional experience."
-John Sickels, The Baseball Prospect Book 2005
Other notes from Sickels:
-"Showing power and good defensive skills for Rome in the Sally League" [power at that age is rare, and it should continue to develop]
-"He has a long swing"
-"He had problems with nagging injuries last year, and further nicks and scratches may hurt his development"
-"OPS of +6 percent" [that is rather low for a top prospect in Sally ball]
I see reasons for tempering our enthusiasm for this guy. Given that this is his second go-around in AA, he should be tearing the cover off the ball. And Chili is right--he could very well be a Bobby Estalella flameout.