Juan Carlos Sulbaran
other - name him
Last edited by dougdirt; 11-03-2009 at 06:04 PM.
I went with Cozart. I think it's really hard to understate the value of his improved plate approach last year. A plus defending SS with .350+ OBP potential and a bit of pop is a very valuable commodity. He's still pretty young, so if he can replicate last year's AA success in Louisville, he's likely our starting SS by the end of the year or starting in 2011.
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.
Soto = Ed Encarnacion
Matt Klinker and Matt Maloney are mirror images of each other as well. Where one has stuff, the other has a longer track record. (Too, we tend to discount those older prospects who can help but won't be anything more than adequate.)
Any of the three would be a fine choice.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
I went for Cozart not because he's the best on the board but his value to the Reds is highest.
I voted for Silva. He was the most pleasant surprise in the 2009 draft class. I like speed/power potential in CF. YR will no doubt repeat Billings. I think that gives Silva a shot at Dayton at age 19.
Cozart. The most likely minor league position player to actually hold down an every day role in the major leagues IMO (except Alonso). Cozart was part of the second tier behind Alonso and Leake and he's the last one of that group (with Frazier, Francisco, Heisey and Yorman) on the board. After this, it gets real muddy IMO.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Cozart, though I'm tempted by Boxberger. Don't see it as quite so muddy yet. Boxberger, then Maloney, after that pretty muddy.
Maloney. Everyone else on the list has to take a signficant step forward to be as good as Matt is right now. Some of them will, of course, but you can't predict which ones are actually going to take that step.
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra