Re: Projecting 2013 Minor League Lineups
For anyone who has not seen a low-minors baseball game...when I talk about defensive shortcomings, there are two different categories. You have Ryan Wright, who you could watch play 100 games at second base and say he is fine there. And he is fine for A-ball. But scouts look at the lack of range and say that would not cut it as a big leaguer, so they look at another position for him. It is not so much a weakness but a projected weakness.
On the other hand, there are players in A-ball who have been drafted based on their bat but who have defensive skills that are so poor that you can't believe it. If Juan Duran were on a college team, he would never play a single inning of defense because the coach just could not live with that kind of a liability. There are a few players like that in every organization. You look at these guys and you wonder how on earth they could ever improve enough to be a major leaguer when they can't make plays that the kid on the local high school team would make. But this same player might hit a ball over the scoreboard, that's why he was signed.
So you hear people talk about someone like a Henry Rodriguez or Ryan Wright being short defensively and they are saying something completely different from what they are talking about with a Duran. In one case, they are comparing the player to what you expect from a big leaguer and in the other case, they are saying the guy is a bad defensive player.