Originally Posted by mdccclxix
I certainly don't have the access to info that you do. However, when there are mixed reviews on defense, it certainly bears patience. It was Grandal's first full year and he moved quickly up the ranks. I think with more coaching in AAA for the next 2 years, he will become very good on defense. In Bakersfield, there were 128 wild pitches, which led the league, so I do not think that was Grandal's fault, or we'd be hearing now about a switch to another position. The staff was very wild.
In general, I like the polish that he's shown at the plate and in his work ethic. When he's ready for MLB, I think he'll likely be "more ready" than Mes, who I foresee struggling in 2012. Frankly, the chances that either one becomes a .800 OPS bat is actually pretty slim, they just don't occur at the catcher position very often. Because of his versatility and polish, I like the higher floor from Grandal. To me, it's a safer pick.
Mez 2010 in A+, AA, AAA: 11 errors, 13 passed balls, Hillcats staff 74 WP, Mudcats 68 WP
Grandal 2011 in A+, AA, AAA: 13 errors, 19 PB (14 in BAK), Bakersfield staff 128 WP