I've seen way too many Justin Gillmans, John Olivers, Chris Grulers and Ty Howingtons over the years to start projecting 18 year olds' contributions to the Reds with any high degree of confidence.
Last edited by Benihana; 11-21-2007 at 01:28 PM.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not predicting doom and gloom for Mesoraco or anybody else. I'm just saying that until someone has produced consistently at the A ball level or better, they cannot be legitimately considered a top prospect in my eyes, so proceed with caution. Just my opinion.
A player who dominates at the major college level is often considered to be comparable to success at the high A level. Yet another reason why Drew Stubbs is such a disappointment.
If you want me to spell it out for you, I have no problem declaring that I have more confidence in a 6'7" pitcher who dominates at the major college level than a high school kid from the middle of nowhere that had little to no success once he made his professional debut in rookie ball.
Could the high school kid eventually succeed? Sure. But I would err on the side of caution before I declare him a top prospect.
As far as Szymanski goes, he hardly played at what could be described as a major college program. With all due respect to Princeton (the college) and princeton (the poster), doing well in the Ivy League is a far cry from dominating at the College World Series. Could you do the latter and still wash out? Of course. But I'd bet on the kid dominating the CWS before the high school kid from nowhere that failed to impress in rookie ball.
Last edited by Benihana; 11-21-2007 at 02:06 PM.
What a high schooler did in rookie ball while playing with two hurt thumbs hardly gives me any worries about him. I didn't rank Mesoraco that high on my list, but I can certainly understand where it comes from given the scouting reports.
I can't believe the lack of love for Roenicke. He made a huge step forward, and he means more to the Reds right now than a couple of the guys above him.
-LTlabnerIf you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
Any word on the chat?