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    Organizational 80's

    I just listened to a C Dot podcast from December '13 where C Trent interviewed Jeff Graupe, Player Development guy for the Reds. When asked which players had 80 (80 being the highest possible) scouting grades he listed 5:

    1) Juan Duran's power

    2) Stephanson's fastball

    3) Lorenzen's fastball

    4) Yorman's arm

    5) Billy's legs

    A couple of really surprising names there, I would think, for Red's fans. Billy and Stephenson are common knowledge. However, Lorenzen's fastball is equally regarded by the Reds. And Duran's power must be something to see. It gives me hope he can keep working on his plate approach. Yorman's arm will be a welcome addition to the outfield in a few years, as well, and makes him that much more well suited to at least come off the bench and be a helpful player.
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    Re: Organizational 80's

    Unfortunately Juan Duran has a sub-.700 career OPS in 7 seasons in the minors, including a .550 OPS this year in AA. While true he is only 22 years old and therefore has time to improve, his defensive limits give him very little value. Fun guy to watch in batting practice, but so was Juan Francisco and Wily Mo Pena, and Duran -at this rate- may never achieve those guys' success. Neftali Soto may be a more likely comparison, but even he hit 30 HR with a .904 OPS when he was Duran's age.
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    Re: Organizational 80's

    I wouldn't put Yorman's arm as an 80. It's quite good, but it's not an 80 in my book. 65? Sure. 70? Maybe. It's not an 80.

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    Re: Organizational 80's

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I wouldn't put Yorman's arm as an 80. It's quite good, but it's not an 80 in my book. 65? Sure. 70? Maybe. It's not an 80.
    Don't be a buzzkill... I prefer to continue thinking that it's an 80

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