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#21 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:14 PM

 

The evaluations on defense for both of these guys are all over the place. Just in what I could see on MiLB.tv (not a great way to evaluate someone but the best I can do) I didn't come away super impressed with Palacios' athleticism in the field. But I've read some very positive reviews from others about his defense. BP said he was a plus-defender and a solid runner. If I was more convinced that was the case, I'd probably have had him inside my top 15 as opposed to 21st.

 

Well BA has him as the Twins 31st prospect and hadthis to say about Jermaine's defense:

 

He has above average arm strength and moves better to his right, which should allow him to stay at SS as he climbs the ladder.

 

From what I saw in the FSL, I'd agree, but he better hit well from the beginning as he is likely starting in the FSL again and has Royce and Wander nipping at his heels.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:22 PM

Release him. We have too many shortstops.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

 

Don't know why you think that, BA grades his arm at SS as a future 55 and during the scouting circuit his arm was always regarded as a plus asset, it waned during the GCL but by all reports was back to full strength in Cedar Rapids.The waste would be putting him at the hot corner as his athleticism and speed could help incredibly in covering ground in the OF.

 

I'd rather has someone with a 70 arm (Sano) at third base.55 arm is at Polanco territory FWIW...

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

 



I'd rather has someone with a 70 arm (Sano) at third base.55 arm is at Polanco territory FWIW...

Yes, while a 70 arm is ideal (and is the grade BA gave Wander Javier' arm), its not necessary especially if the footwork is there.And no Polanco was never graded out as a 55 arm, here's what was said about him in the 2016 BA Handbook where he was ranked #6 in the organization:

 

 

showing fairly soft hands but an average arm that strains to match the added burden of the position. His range is merely average and his play clock gets sped up, leading to unforced errors

 

 

If you want to comp Lewis' SS arm within the organization it's more similar to Gordon's which is graded as a 55-60 at the position.

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:18 PM

Release him. We have too many shortstops.

Please elaborate on this solution.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:41 PM

Please elaborate on this solution.

How did I know someone would take this seriously?

I'm making fun of the people who think we need to trade a SS ASAP....even though the likelihood of any of them (Gordon, Lewis, Javier) sticking as SS isn't a given....maybe even not likely.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 08:35 PM

Why does it seem like any shortstop prospect we ever have ends up a tweener that needs to move positions?


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 09:39 AM

 

Why does it seem like any shortstop prospect we ever have ends up a tweener that needs to move positions?

I don't think Javier falls in this category. He's a significantly better bet than Gordon, Lewis or Palacios to stick at SS. 

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 11:13 AM

Our individual rankings:

 

Seth (10), Nick (3), Cody (7), Tom (4)...

 

I feel like I've ranked him too low, and yet as I look at the 9 names ahead of him, I don't necessarily feel bad about ranking them ahead of him. But then again, for me, 3-10 are all guys you could flip-flop in any number of ways. 

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#30 AlwaysinModeration

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 12:09 PM

Not sure, exactly, but I seem to feel more optimistic about the four guys behind him on this list: Rooker, Enlow, Badoo and Graterol.



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