Originally Posted by dougdirt
There is a difference between being a good pick and being a bust. There is a rather large in between area. He falls in there for me. The game of baseball is changing and it seems a lot of people still aren't taking notice. If you play up the middle with good defense, you can go out and OPS .700 and have value. Why can't LaMarre be that kind of guy? To bring this thread full circle, who says he can't do what Cozart did, and be an iffy hitter with good defense at a premium position? If he can do that, and I don't see any real reason to suggest it isn't a possibility, then he isn't a bust or anything like it.
I don't know, the term bust gets tossed around too often. Devin Mesoraco was called a bust several years in a row. Fast forward another 18 months and he clearly wasn't. Bust doesn't mean "not living up to what I had hoped".
Who used the word "bust" in this discussion except for you? I wouldn't go as far as to call LaMarre a "bust", but I'm confident in saying he's been a big disappointment as a second-round pick. I bet there's no question the Reds' brass would concur with that. I think there is a difference between "bust" and a "miss." LaMarre was a "miss." Not a complete bust, but never someone that's going to be anything more than filler at the AAA level most likely. Nothing about his numbers reflect someone that is going to have a long Big League career (or one at all). I'm sure LaMarre will get his shot to play in the Big Leagues one day, but it won't be 2013 with the Reds IMO. He's not even close to ready. If they are going to roll the dice on a young guy in 2013, it will be Billy Hamilton. I don't think he's ready either, but I'd rather take my lumps with clearly the CF of the future rather than LaMarre this year. And we're only talking worst-case scenario if Choo gets hurt and they need to call up one of the kids.
This begs another question: With both Hamilton and LaMarre centerfielders who clearly need another year in the minors, who plays where in 2013? Does Billy go to Louisville and LaMarre repeats at Pensacola? Or do they bring Billy along slowly since this is a new position for him and Billy starts back at Pensacola and LaMarre starts at Louisville? Can't have them both at Louisville since you want Billy taking as many reps as possible in CF (and LaMarre is a CF all the way). They are going to be on different teams to begin the 2013 season. My guess is they will go slow with Hamilton and he'll be at Pensacola. LaMarre will be at Louisville. Then when LaMarre struggles at Louisville, he'll eventually be replaced by Hamilton. Not sure what would happen to LaMarre at that point. Maybe a trading chip (a very small one)? Maybe he takes on a backup role or plays one of the corner OF spots once Billy gets called up to Louisville. Or maybe LaMarre will just get sent back to Pensacola. Should be interesting to follow.