Re: Boras on Drew
posted at 11/17/2013 12:51 AM EST
In response to seabeachfred's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
I am quite sure Cherington will assign a fair value to Drew, and also quite sure he will not go over it (regardless of Boras comment). I am also quite sure some one will over pay for Drew, meaning he will leave. This team is ripe with SP's and SS's in the pipeline, and I feel we are not too far off from seeing X at 3B, Marrero at SS and Middlebrooks moved for other needs.
rkarp, too many of you out there are ready to discard Middlebrooks as excess baggage, but the guy has 30+ home run power and there aren't many young third basemen who can project that. This Marrero you talk about is a very weak hitter; he didn't even break 300 at Arizona State and he has showen a weak bat in his two seasons in the minors with us. You also conveniently left out Garin Cecchini who is one of the two best young hitters in our organization. Where do yuou expect him to go? To another team for other needs while we put a weak hitter in the lineup?
Point is, you don't write off a young ballplayer with power and run production potential because of an off sophomore season. WMB is young enough and smart enough to make the adjustments to become a stalwart for us.
Most of Middlebrooks' critics are also somehwta dissatisfied with his minor league play. The problem with him is simple, he never learned plate discipline, and hitters without plate discipling often get exposed at the MLB level. Hitters who try to learn plate discipline at the MLB level will also inevitably find out it almost never works. They become even easier outs than they were before.
So Marrero has a "weak bat" in A-ball, which is really all he has played? He has hit .258 / .345 OBP in low and high A ball. He also has 76 walks against 108 strikeouts in that same timeframe. Yet future power bat Middlebrooks at those same levels, hit .267 / .330 OBP. Not much better, but at least he hit it over the fence a few times? Right?
The root of Middlebrooks problems at the plate is always the issue - too many strikeouts and no walks. In A-ball alone, he struck out 287 times against 95 walks. Marreo struck out 108 times and still had 76 walks in A-ball. Will's K/BB ratio has only gotten worse since A-ball. 95K against 21BB in AA ball. 168K against 33BB in MLB
As for Cecchini, when he makes it to MLB, my guess is RF. Victorino will be gone after 2015, Cecchini has the arm for RF, and either Bogaerts or Middlebrooks will be holding down 3B (It will be Bogaerts.)..