Re: Sunday 7/5/09 minor league updates
Wiley is an average runner. But yes, he is solidly built and not someone you would want hitting you at full speed. Just ask the Fort Wayne catcher he knocked into la-la land last week.
It will be interesting to watch Wiley over the next few days and see how long he can keep this momentum going.
The biggest negative with Wiley is that there is no way he could ever play any position other than left field, and he is going to be well below average there, simply because his arm is off-the-charts weak. On a potential sacrifice fly that would reach the depth where a normal left fielder would have a 50/50 chance to throw out the runner, Wiley would have to use a relay man. He is about 80 feet short on his arm strength than an average left fielder.
But you can't take anything away from the game he had yesterday. Even the West Michigan fans were cheering him after the third homer.