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Behind the Fence: Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero and Paul Clemens get action

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#21 clutterheart


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:07 AM


Gonsalves only at 88 mph?? Is he still hurt or is that all he has in him?


Golsalves doesn't throw hard.  I have read "his stats are ahead of his stuff" many times.  Hopefully he is more than a Tommy Milone type


#22 AZTwin


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:01 AM

Golsalves doesn't throw hard. I have read "his stats are ahead of his stuff" many times. Hopefully he is more than a Tommy Milone type

I knew he didn't throw hard but thought he could at least break 90 mph. How many major league starters that don't throw a knuckleball throw less than 90 mph?

#23 ThejacKmp


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:53 AM

I'm fine with playing Gordon at 2B once in a while so he has some familarity there, but I really think the chances of Vielma hitting well enough to be anything more than a backup/late-game defensive substitute at SS are slim.  If Gordon playing 2B semi-regularly is not a comment on his defensive ability at SS but rather on the front office's faith in Vielma to be a starting SS (either because his defense is so unbelievable it can carry a .600 OPS bat or because they think he has the chance to be only a poor hitter rather than a terrible one) then I guess I'll have to trust them. But boy, I don't want to limit Gordon's development at SS by playing him at 2B too often.

I think you underestimate vielma. He was over two years younger than the competition at aa last year and put up a 663 ops. He doesn't need to do much more than that at the mlb levels be a pretty nice asset. I'm a big vielma fan and am glad they're not prioritizing Gordon at his expense. Middle infield looks solid between vielma, Gordon and polanco.

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