Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
How does a potential
4th outfielder have more value than a guy who could be a starting pitcher in the major leagues?
I know the burnout rate is higher for starting pitchers than for outfielders due to an assortment of arm injuries, but isn't that more evidence that you need to stockpile those arms due to the attrition rate?
A guy like Bryson Smith just doesn't seem to have much upside.
As for Constante vs. Romano, how can you compare a 23rd round pitcher who pitched only 64 innings of pro ball poorly to a guy who just got a $700,000 bonus and has a good fastball, potential plus slider and a developing change-up? Doesn't he also get a bump for being a lefty (ie positional scarcity)? I guess Romano's peripherals weren't as bad as his ERA, but certainly 64 innings of a 5.32 ERA in rookie ball doesn't count as a significant experience advantage for Romano.
I think we are really missing the boat with our rankings of Constante and Reynoso on our prospect list.