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With Cueto speaking limited english (and at the very least being more comfortable speaking spanish) and with Chapman speaking limited to no english, it is pretty important for one of the Reds catchers to speak fluent spanish in my opinion.
Next year I want Cueto and Chapman feeling as comfortable as possible, so in my opinion a spanish speaking catcher is important.
I think the language thing is about as overblown as anything. If more needs said, guys like Cabrera or a Spanish speaking coach are always around to deal with it. Its not like these guys never learn any English. I'm guessing Cueto, Volquez and Chapman all know the English baseball terminology. The catcher's language skills won't mean anything to these guys when they're at the store, in the bar cruising for women or dealing with some one who wants money for some reason and that's where the language stuff matters. By the time Hernandez is gone, these guys will know enough English.
"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
Fangraphs on Devin Mesoraco:
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...ound-catchers/Devin Mesoraco, Reds, 22, High-A, .328/.418/.608
Was written off a little fast, considering his first two seasons were the Midwest League at 20 (.710 OPS, 83 G) and the Florida State League at 21 (.692 OPS, 92 G). He’s healthy now, and in the same place as a lot of his peers that chose to attend college instead. Showing every skill, including improved defense. I think he was written off too early, but I wait to see how he handles Double-A to elevate his prospect status too heavily.
I miss Adam Dunn.
But sometimes we emphasize what we want a player to be rather than what he is. For me it was Tyler Pelland, who I thought was going to be a dominant LH starter. I kept seeing the big K numbers and ignoring the huge BB's allowed. None of us is innocent of this.
I just happen to think you are right. this time.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
typically a player graduates from high school at age 18. i think most true major league players reach the bigs no later than age 25 (26 for pitchers). there are exceptions. role players sometimes show up later & have a few years in the bigs. late bloomers like Nelson Cruz are fairly rare.
that gives a high school player 7-8 years to get through rookie, A, A+, AA & AAA. if he goes one year at a time he would in A+ at age 20 & be a rookie at age 23.
college players typically are drafted at age 21 or 22. then they go through rookie, maybe A, A+, AA & AAA. it seems like most high round picks out of college go to rookie ball then start their first full season in A+ at age 22 or 23. if they went one year at a time they would be a rookie at age 25 or 26.
so it seems to me that guys drafted out of high school can struggle at a level, repeat it the next year & still be on track to make it to the bigs fairly young. lesser college prospects who start A+ ball at age 23 are really under the gun. they really can't afford many setbacks.