Originally Posted by Edd Roush
Are those voting for Smith concerned about his ability to take a walk? Based on his (lack of) pedigree and inability to take a walk, I just can't value him over Constante.
I am a tad concerned, but I look at him as a safe 4th outfielder, not as a guy expected to start, so that concern doesn't hold as much value.
With a guy like Constante, until he throws in real games against professionals, I just can't put him ahead of guys still on the list. He is a left handed version of Sal Romano right now, but without actual performance, proven big time groundball rates and good peripherals.
Don't get me wrong, I like both Constante and Romano, but I can't see how anyone can vote for Constante over Romano at this point. Stuff is similar, but Romano has actually done it against true minor leaguers, gotten nearly 60% grounders as a teenager in Billings and put up solid walk and K rates. Constante has thrown in practice.