Post by SoxSignatures on Mar 13, 2017 12:30:16 GMT -5
And also think how awesome it would be having Joe Kelly or Robbie Ross as your closer and Clay Buchholz and Henry Owens as your #4-5 starters. This team might be playoff bound without those trades, but not being considered the #1 or #2 team in the AL. I'm all for keeping prospects, but it's not like this team didn't get significantly better after all those deals were made.
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I believe this is the first major list that had Moncada over Benintendi. Longenhagen discussed it on one of his podcasts in the fall. He praised Moncada's upside and implied that it was enough to sneak him past Benintendi. It's a defensible, albeit apparently unpopular, opinion.
Post by jerrygarciaparra on Mar 13, 2017 17:15:29 GMT -5
I will try and put a different perspective on this kind of sad news. That is quite an accomplishment for all the folks who put the time in to make this list possible. They should be really proud of their work.
Here's an interesting snippet from Devers' write-up: "Devers’ swing mandates that he catch balls out in front of the plate in order to lift them in the air and utilize his considerable raw power, but his hand-eye coordination and bat speed are so good that, even when he’s making sub-optimal contact, it’s hard and to all fields."
It jives with his minor league batted ball profile (Devers has higher GB rates-- in the ~50% range the last two years) and past scouting reports on his swing (hard contact, but more of a line-drive profile). He's a tremendous prospect either way, but to really tap into his peak power projection, a little more loft in his swing would be nice to see. Something to think about entering the season.
Post by thelavarnwayguy on Mar 13, 2017 22:45:13 GMT -5
To me the Kopech thing hurt the most. It seems that signing top FA pitchers usually bites us in the behind. I'd prefer to roll the dice with top young talent and hope we get 6 years of studly behavior. Even if it happens only once out of every 4-5 times with stud prospcts the value generated is so great and the cost so low I'd rather go with that approach generally.
I still think Benny is better than Moncada and always will be. When Moncada can hit the curveball and off speed stuff nearly as well maybe we can talk. I think Benny is going to have better pop also. He is so advanced already, driving the ball so well, pitch recognition, ability to handle pressure...etc. The guy was in a crucible at Arkansas and came through with flying colors. What is his weakness? I don't even think it's even that close.
I lose interest when the prospects aren't there. I see what DD is doing but he's killing me.