I've mentioned it on other threads.
Heisey - how does a guy hit 17 HR's in 245 at-bats and not become a starter or atleast a platoon? Holy smokes. Pro-rate his numbers and it's pretty impressive for a guy who is pretty much a major league rookie. I mean, Stubbs bats .250 and Bruce bats .260, but everyone cuts them slack because of either their speed or power. Heisey has the same power and probably bats .250 or .260 full time at this point in his career, with the potential to improve as he sees the pitchers. Another what could have been situation possibly.
Francisco - I've wanted this guy to get a full time chance for a long time. He would have had those opportunities this year if not for him getting hurt at the same time Rolen did. Just bad luck. But he is giving us the ultimate tease this September which makes you wonder if he could be that 4-hole hitter we're all looking for. Sure, he needs to swing at better pitches, but holy moly, this guy has some serious power. And that play he made at third the other night was probably in my top 5 all time defensively for any player at third. The strength of his arm to make that play including the ability to regain his balance to make the throw. Unbelievable. I hope this is more than just a tease.
Alonso - dude can flat out hit. Aside from being slowed by injuries at times in the minors, when healthy, this guy has proven himself at all levels. But where to play him?
I am always cautious, but if these 3 guys could hit like this most of the season, this offense would be very dangerous, not to mention young and aggressive. Add in a healthy Rolen and listen to what Scott is saying about how good he feels after surgery, and that teases you even more.
I will remain cautious. But part of me is interested to see all these guys in the lineup next year and see what they can do. The problem is Dusty and how he uses them. There are some perfect platoon situations at 3B, LF, and C. Although I will miss Ramon. I think Ramon is good with the Latin Pitchers. I think he is a good teammate and clubhouse guy, and unlike Gomes, is a pretty good hitter too. It wouldn't surprise me to see Mez traded and Ramon back next year.
My new prediction is that the only trades made will be for pitching improvements in the starting rotation and the bullpen. And ownership/management will go with the young guys - Alonso, Francisco, Heisey. Wouldn't surprise me to see Stubbs traded either and Heisey or Sappelt in CF next year.
My trade predictions are Mez, Stubbs, and possibly Alonso. Then you will see more of Francisco, Heisey, and Sappelt in the lineup next season, with an improved starting rotation.