Re: Minor League Transactions
I am not speaking to Yorman's future and not trying to break down what kind of prospect he is or how he should be rated. I am commenting on what I see now. I can tell you there are scouts who have watched him this season and commented that he is not a prospect for them. If he goes on a hot streak and starts showing some skills that we have not seen yet, I am sure they are going to start changing their tunes.
As far as Mesoraco, when he was in Dayton he was a very poor defensive player. He held his own as a hitter. As you know, even Baseball America, which bases a lot on reputation since they do not have scouts, dropped him to the #30 position entering last season. He has really improved his game from what we saw in 2008 and I am really happy for him. Good kid. Always worked hard. A guy you pull for. I never said anything but good things about Mesoraco when it comes to character and work ethic. My issues with him were all based on the fact that he was so bad defensively at that time that it was hard to imagine him making enough improvement to be a major leaguer. But I also said to let him play and see if he can improve.
Huge, huge difference between Mesoraco and Yorman. One kid worked hard, tried to learn, busted his butt all the time and even when things were not going well and he had a ton of pressure as a number one pick, he never stopped working or never quit.
You are comparing two players there that could not possibly be any more different. Now, does that mean I am looking into a crystal ball and saying Yorman will never make it? No. Who knows what happens if the maturity light comes on. Some of the worst attitudes in sports made it (see Albert Belle).
One point I want to clarify is the difference between saying a guy has tools and a guy has talent. Yorman has some tools that we see. Michael Jordan as a baseball player had tools. If you took an Olympic sprinter and put him on a baseball field, he would have some tools.
Talent, I think, is a different matter. Yorman might have good speed if you asked him to run a 60 yard dash on a field at a workout. But when he is chasing a fly ball in the outfield, that same speed is not there, either because of a lack of effort or because he just doesn't have the instincts to go after the ball and catch it. He has not turned tools into baseball skills or baseball talent. His scouts saw those tools. I look at the player and I see a lack of baseball skills and then I see this prima donna attitude.