Frazier's instincts are an important ingredient in my not worrying about him having to settle in at 3rd down the road, if that looks like the best place to put him.One thing about Frazier that, IMO, argues for him at 3B is head for the game. He hasn't been playing SS because of his defensive tools, but his game sense has allowed him to stick there. One of the things that a lot of good defensive 3Bs seem to share is that they play above their tools.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
And no one is like Pete Rose. Well, Honus Wagner and King Kelly were, but that only reinforces how rare those types are. They're extreme outliers. When mortal ballplayers go to an OF corner they don't go back to a more premium IF position, especially a position where they've gotten almost no playing time, even back into their college days.
You can pretend that's not the case, but that's just you pretending.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
How about a 2010 lineup of
Escobar/Furcal (or Valaika worst-case) SS
Who did you pick M2 and why?
Fangraphs had an interesting take on the subject: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/ind...takes-a-slide/
I went with Soto. What's he's doing at his age is quite impressive. I still think EE has Aramis Ramirez potential, but only if he stops try to pull everything -- and I'm not convinced he'll make the change. Fransisco is easily the biggest wildcard in the bunch, but a 6:1 K:BB ratio just isn't going to work; he needs to take a big step next year. All that said, if you had to put 20 bucks on any of these guys being a multiple All-Star guy, Frazier may well be your bet -- the question is whether it's at 3B.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
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I miss Adam Dunn.
Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 12-01-2008 at 09:57 PM.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I haven't seen him play, but for some reason he makes me think of Matt Williams.
Edwin because 95% of his problems are mental and since he is maturing I believe he can fix those. I also do not see him as a black hole at 3B as some people make him out to be. He has the athletic ability to make the plays and with more practice he will.
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"
I picked Francisco because he profiles so clearly as a 3B. Frazier and Soto are far superior overall prospects, but I worry about what the Reds will do with their positional development. I have so little faith in the Reds developmental program's ability to match their talent to the correct position. EE has all the tools to be a good 3B and yet somehow he doesn't put it together. RF would be good for him, but if Bruce is there, why not leave him at 3b until we find a better alternative.
I would start Frazier at AA in LF. If this happens he will be in cincinnati in mid/late 2010. Soto is good at 3b for a while.
What the Reds will do remains to be seen.