Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 5/20/2014 4:42 PM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:[QUOTE]In response to moonslav59's comment:[QUOTE]
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:[QUOTE]
Every time we rush a guy, we see the same result. Just because Mookies numbers are better two levels down doesn't mean that he is the chosen one that will come up to Boston and hit right away. Again it would not be unprecedented if he did, but history has favored players hitting an adjustment period when called up to the majors.....and even more so when they skip two levels. [/QUOTE][object HTMLDivElement]
We rarely rush anyone.[/QUOTE]
No we don't. I don't think they want to rush Mookie either, which may be why they moved him to CF. They had to do something, he was just not being challenged at all. Moving him to CF buys them a little bit more time in Portland, but if he keeps this up he will be part of the early promotions this year.
He has cooled off a bit, over the last couple of weeks he's been around a .300 hitter.
Of course anytime you cool off and still put up a .324/.444/.514 that is saying alot.
I do think Mookie could be one of those guys who are able to make that AA-MLB jumps but I still think best case scenario he will see some kind of dramatic drop in production. Even if his avg fell 100 points he would still be one of our best hitters, and I think it would at least be that. If he could bat .260 right now with an .750 OPS that would be really really really impressive for someone his age.
I'm a huge prospect homer, and I'll be placing my Bets (pun fully intended) on Mookie being a .300 hitter in the big leagues, but if he was called up right now I wouldn't be surprised if he could do no better than .240 his first couple of months.
All the intangibles he brings between versatility and speed on the base paths could come in handy by seasons end, but we would have to burn a roster spot on the 40 man as well when he isn't even eligible this year.
So because he is not eligible for the 40 man yet I think it would be a waste of a spot to bring him up unless we were certain we were ready to plug him in there every day as a starter.
IMHO the only way Mookie sees time in Boston this year is if he is still mashing the ball in a couple months from now. That means he is still batting north of .360 and an OPS north of .900
A lot could happen between now and then though. I didn't think there was a chance in the world Drew would be back with this team a couple of months ago and I was wrong there. I would LOVE to be wrong here, I would love for Mookie to come up and take the league by storm, and if the Sox call him up I won't complain about it and I will definitely root for him.....I just don't think it will happen. [/QUOTE][object HTMLDivElement]
Great reply, and I forgot about the 40 man roster issue.
In hindsight, I wish we had started Mookie in the OF day one this year (or even some last year). Then, maybe we could be moving him to AAA right now.b That might have allowed us to better judge, if he is ready for the next step- sooner rather than later.