03-05-2013, 04:36 PM #21
03-05-2013, 05:22 PM #22
If everyone performs as expected (maximizes potential), who will be the odd men out in 3 years? There will be no need for 8+ outfielders. Which guys have the max tools to solidify a roster spot in 2016? HIcks / Oswaldo / Mastroianni / Kepler / Buxton / Benson / Walker / Jimenez / Rodriguez / Roberts / JD Williams / Ortiz / Proctor? Which 4 do you keep based on output & production based on maximized tools? Which 4 or 5 do you trade for maximized return?
Last edited by lightfoot789; 03-05-2013 at 05:30 PM.
03-05-2013, 05:42 PM #23
03-05-2013, 05:51 PM #24
Not all of those have the same tools or ceiling and you cannot put all of those in the same bucket. The 3 with the most tools and the highest ceiling are (alphabetically) Benson, Buxton, Hicks. Benson has only one option left and is 3 years away from arbitration, so that plays too... Buxton is 2-3 years behind them so you might not have overlap.
Arcia and Kepler are similar and they could be 3.5 tool guys with plus power (no speed, questions in fielding but Kepler is a better fielder.) So corner OFs with a ceiling better than Willingham's last season but pretty close.
Mastro is a backup in a good team. Ceiling is Gladden with more speed.
I frankly don't think that Jimenez / Rodriguez / Roberts / JD Williams / Ortiz / Proctor would be anything more than potentially average or backup major leaguer OFs unless they get their power and average up or move to second base (we saw that trick before) or shortstop
Walker is playing the OF, but he projects as a DH/1B
But that is just my opinion.
(and you forgot Angel Morales )
03-05-2013, 08:31 PM #25
I like your assessment as to who the key players are and who might be the odd men out. I see Oswaldo a little different because I see him as the best hitter in the system, which outweights most other tools for me. I think his hits tool is that good. Kepler is similar to Oswaldo potentially, but not quite the hitter to me (So he's out or 3rd OFer). Hicks is Buxton without the power potential (So he's out & a quality trade piece). Walker although not the athlete of Benson; Roberts; Mastro; or even HIcks, has the most power potential desired for a corner outfielder in the system. He like Oswaldo is serviceable in OF too.
1 gold glover and plenty of runs and rbi's amongst the three. So many variables to choose from. Hate to be TR in 3 years, but great problem to have. I did forget Morales. I find him as an interesting fit as well. Wow......
03-07-2013, 10:31 PM #26
So, did you notice that Hicks is currently leading the Twins in HR's? Yup, that's some power for yah! (Even if it is Spring Training)
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