Re: Salty solution
Originally Posted by D-Man
"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.
This is what salty did in 82 at bats in the southern league this year: .309/.404/.617 OPS: 1.022
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