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    Re: Wednesday August 29th minor league updates

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Yeah, he'll likely move, but like Frazier, it may not be right away. I think they like to keep guys at SS for a year or two if they can. So, I think it's feasible that to start 08 Frazier will be at SS at Dayton and Soto will be at SS when Billings opens. But, down the road, when/if he moves, as you say -- my guess is LF, but I keep him in the 3B hunt. No way on 2B.
    Yeah, thats what I thought. I think 2B is locked up for the next decade with Phillips, and Valaika and Turner coming up behind him.

    3B will be more interesting, with EdE and Keppinger at the major league level, and then Brandon Waring, Todd Frazier, Brett Bartles, Neftali Soto, and Juan Francisco (although I think he'll be moved soon) all battling it out in the minors.

    Adam Rosales also could fill in at either position, although I'm guessing his primary postion in the big leagues will be 1B.

    As far as SS goes, I think that Janish and Cozart are the only true shortstops to watch in the system. I don't know enough about Kahuleio (sp?), but I believe he missed this year after breaking his leg (or ankle?) right after signing.
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    Re: Wednesday August 29th minor league updates

    Also scouts opinions sometimes change from year to year on what position a player might end up at. An example would be Bill Rowell from last year's draft, most scouts thought he would have to move off 3rd base to 1st base or LF. Now scouts are saying that he probably will stick at 3rd.

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    Re: Wednesday August 29th minor league updates

    As long as he doesn't get any bigger (there's no way he is the 180 lbs that he's listed at on milb.com), I see no reason to move Francisco off 3rd. Sure, he needs work, but like Doug said a little while back, it's damn near impossible to find a 20 year old 3rd baseman that doesn't need work defensively. On the positive side, he has decent instincts at 3rd - I've seen him make a few Edwin-like diving stops, and I don't get to see many Dragon games. Yet he doesn't have great range, and he makes a fair amount of mistakes (23 errors), both fielding and throwing. But I looked into it further and found that in the Dragons' first 66 games, Francisco made 18 errors, while in the Dragons' last 69 games, he's made only 5 errors. So he has made great strides this year, and as a 20 year old in A-ball, he's got time to improve a lot more. And if you have to move him off 3rd, there is no way you waste his cannon of an arm at 1st.

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    Re: Wednesday August 29th minor league updates

    As long as he doesn't get any bigger (there's no way he is the 180 lbs that he's listed at on milb.com), I see no reason to move Francisco off 3rd.
    I think people are jumping to that conclusion to soon also. If size moves him into the outfield, that's fine, but if you're gonna move him just because of the errors, keep in mind that Encarnacion made 40 errors in Dayton. I'm with you though. I don't know who weighed him, but I think they should be fired immediately and ben sent back to medical school. Ryan Freel weighs 184!

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    Re: Wednesday August 29th minor league updates

    Francisco's not that big, at all. He actually reminds me of Edwin body-size wise, and probably smaller.
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