Re: PROSPECT PROFILE: Noochie Varner
Thanks for digging this out. I recall following his progress at Dayton where he seemed to have a bright future. It is always sad to see a ML dream fade. In this case, it is not clear why he failed to get a shot along the way. He may have been one of the unfortunate "good" ball players who simply failed to fit a ML profile. Although he compares favorably to a Ryan Freel, Noochie's inability to play on the infield may have limited his utility as a backup. I did notice a drop in his base stealing numbers after Dayton. Perhaps the rest of his game was not strong enough to overcome that decline. Then again, maybe there is a lot of luck involved in being in the right organization at the right time.