Originally Posted by Edd Roush
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.
Maybe Doug could enlighten us, but I think Romano's supposed to have a good arm. I don't know how he compares to Constante, but they might be similar as far as upside.
I completely agree on the other point though. I could probably fly anywhere in Arizona right now and swing around one of Dusty's toothpicks at arms length and poke at least three back up outfielders. Unless it's someone like Heisey that brings a good bat off the bench, those guys don't provide anything you can't pick off the scrap heap in the offseason.