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    Neftali Soto - Catcher?

    I got Baseball America's Handbook today. If you don't have one and love minor league baseball you should really buy a copy of it.

    In Neftali Soto's writeup it says that the Reds tried him out at catcher in the Instructional League and he was receptive to the move and picked up on things quickly. Its not known if its something that will happen, and I know that it has been mentioned before by JJ Cooper that he thought it could be something to look into. Still, I think this could be a very interesting and potentially very smart move. Soto has the arm to play back there and his bat could profile quite well back there too where his approach wouldn't be as detrimental if he never brings the walks up.

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    In Neftali Soto's writeup it says that the Reds tried him out at catcher in the Instructional League and he was receptive to the move and picked up on things quickly. Its not known if its something that will happen, and I know that it has been mentioned before by JJ Cooper that he thought it could be something to look into. Still, I think this could be a very interesting and potentially very smart move. Soto has the arm to play back there and his bat could profile quite well back there too where his approach wouldn't be as detrimental if he never brings the walks up.
    Would be huge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I got Baseball America's Handbook today. If you don't have one and love minor league baseball you should really buy a copy of it.

    In Neftali Soto's writeup it says that the Reds tried him out at catcher in the Instructional League and he was receptive to the move and picked up on things quickly. Its not known if its something that will happen, and I know that it has been mentioned before by JJ Cooper that he thought it could be something to look into. Still, I think this could be a very interesting and potentially very smart move. Soto has the arm to play back there and his bat could profile quite well back there too where his approach wouldn't be as detrimental if he never brings the walks up.
    Francisco, Alonso, Soto. Third time could be the charm!

    If nothing else, the move to Catcher worked for another former infielder named Soto in the NL Central...
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    I love it, even more so than moving Alonso behind the plate. Why? Because unlike Alonso, Soto still has some work to do with the bat and moving him to catcher wouldn't really slow down his development. I really hope the Reds decide to go through with this. Soto has the frame, arm strength, and enough ability to make the transition, IMO. And his bat has a chance to be special for a catcher.

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    Re: Neftali Soto - Catcher?

    Speaking of the Prospect Handbook, does anyone know where I could get a good deal on one? Maybe there's a coupon floating around the net somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    Speaking of the Prospect Handbook, does anyone know where I could get a good deal on one? Maybe there's a coupon floating around the net somewhere?
    It just came out, doubt anywhere has it for any cheaper than anywhere else at this point.

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    Re: Neftali Soto - Catcher?

    It eventually became cheaper on Amazon.com last year. About half the price of buying it off BA site...

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    I already checked Amazon, but I might wait around a little while. If anyone finishes reading his and decides to sell it at a discount, feel free to PM me.

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    just went on amazon and it is $21.09 which is pretty good deal. I ordered Sickels book...Baseball America is probably slightly better but Sickels is a more enjoyable read.

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    Hopefully they do it he's a good fit for the position but then what becomes of 3B, we have pretty much forced everyone worth a darn off the position. Francisco and Frazier are pretty much screwed with Rolens extension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    Hopefully they do it he's a good fit for the position but then what becomes of 3B, we have pretty much forced everyone worth a darn off the position. Francisco and Frazier are pretty much screwed with Rolens extension.
    Keep developing pitching, and you'll have no problem acquiring parts that your minor league seems deficient in producing.

    Honestly, with Mesoraco on the fast train to bustville, I'm more worried about the catching in this system than 3B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Keep developing pitching, and you'll have no problem acquiring parts that your minor league seems deficient in producing.

    Honestly, with Mesoraco on the fast train to bustville, I'm more worried about the catching in this system than 3B.
    The only thing that is holding back Mesoraco is injuries. His peripherals at the plate look good and his defense impressed last season once his wrist was healthy (mid May). Its one thing to consider someone on their way to 'bustville' as you call it, when their peripherals suck and they can't play defense. But Mesoraco showed very good power last season in a pitchers league, while having a good walk rate and throwing out half the runners that tried stealing on him for May-August. Not to mention he was young for the level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I got Baseball America's Handbook today. If you don't have one and love minor league baseball you should really buy a copy of it.

    In Neftali Soto's writeup it says that the Reds tried him out at catcher in the Instructional League and he was receptive to the move and picked up on things quickly. Its not known if its something that will happen, and I know that it has been mentioned before by JJ Cooper that he thought it could be something to look into. Still, I think this could be a very interesting and potentially very smart move. Soto has the arm to play back there and his bat could profile quite well back there too where his approach wouldn't be as detrimental if he never brings the walks up.
    Now that's a guy I could see playing Catcher.

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    I hope Mesoraco makes it, but he was easily the most disappointing player I have witnessed over the last decade or so at Dayton. If he sticks for any amount of time as a backup at the MLB level I'd be stunned-shockified-flabergasted-speechless.

    I like seeing some of the more athletic guys at catcher ... especially those guys with a pretty good arm and a bat that isn't likely to make them a plus at another position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong View Post
    I hope Mesoraco makes it, but he was easily the most disappointing player I have witnessed over the last decade or so at Dayton. If he sticks for any amount of time as a backup at the MLB level I'd be stunned-shockified-flabergasted-speechless.

    I like seeing some of the more athletic guys at catcher ... especially those guys with a pretty good arm and a bat that isn't likely to make them a plus at another position.

    GL
    If you only saw him in Dayton, then wipe your memory clean. The scouting reports on him defensively were so drastically different from Dayton to Sarasota it wasn't funny.


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