Re: Lefty righty question
posted at 7/11/2011 6:02 PM EDT
"No moron, the issue is of right handed corner power.
I'v had a couple of lengthly post, while
You've brought squat to the discussion and you
chime in like some little girl.
Oh ,and the Marlins a few years ago developed a better right handed hitter than the Sox have ever developed in thier long history.
Future Hall of famer Miguel Cabrera.
Also, notice the Stooge stayed away from discussing Mike Stanton.
So, other organizations develop power hitting corner players, but Theo's grand philosophy means the Sox can't develop ONE such player during his entire reign. Oh, well, that makes sense. Yeah, right.
First of all, using the term “Stooge” on someone with a Moe Howard avatar might be neither as insulting nor perceptive as you seem to think it is.
I did not ignore Mike Stanton. I merely questioned calling Gaby Sanchez a “monster”, because, frankly, he isn’t. I told you why he isn’t, and you did not refute it or have anything in the way of a response, except to change the subject. Had Sanchez come through the Sox system and been stationed at 1B, he would be the third best right-handed hitter in the current lineup to come up through the Sox system. Your fascination with him is merely a case of the grass being greener. Or tealer, in this case.
As for Stanton, (also knows as “The Subject Change”), he absolutely is a right-handed monster. But let’s not pretend hitters like him come along every season. Only Justin Upton has more raw power from the right side. That you had to include Cabrera furthers this point – even the Marlins only had 2 such hitters during Epstein’s entire regime, and Cabrera was brought into that organization before Epstein took over. (Nine year veteran Miguel Cabrera, by the way, is also younger than “up and coming” Gaby Sanchez.) Downplaying the Sox farm system becyase the Marlins have Miguel Cabrera is also short-sighted. Assuming Cabrera does not ruin himself physically, he could end up as the best hitter the game has seen since Hank Aaron. Shall we therefore use him to show why every team except Florida is clearly being run incorrectly?
As I explained to you before, the Sox drafting strategy appears to me to focus on up the middle players (2B, SS, CF) in the earlier rounds. The cost of this drafting strategy is that you will miss out on corner power types. But given that the Sox typically draft towards to end of the round anyway, those higher profile players are usually gone. The end result is they wind up with talented and versatile athletes with undetermined positions, but are also not as limited with their options as they progress through the minors. Are there shortcomings? Yes, there will be a lack of guys power hitting corner bats, like Stanton. But in the long run, the system appears to be working.
Just because the Marlins were able to succeed with Stanton does not make their drafting strategy foolproof or better. How many high draft picks and international free agent dollars did they spend on other RHH corner power bats who did nothing? Or simply taking high profile corner OF, such as Jeremy Hermida? They also took Matt Dominguez as an early first round pick, and he figures to offer very little beyond defense as a 3B. For every Mike Stanton, the Marlins drafted there were a few guys like Aaron Bates (whom the Marlins also drafted, the year before the Sox did) or Robert Word.
The Marlins drafting is typically more aggressive with regards to these talents than the Sox are. Power hitting OF is very difficult to project and usually the riskiest for higher draft picks. So teams less willing to gamble will not acquire these players. Teams more willing to will occasionally pick a winner, but will also experience enough failures to balance it out. This is not difficult to figure out.