Re: Mookie Betts
posted at 5/8/2014 1:25 PM EDT
Power outage all over baseball. If you look at the amount of HR hitters who hit over 30 HR's every year it is drastically lower than it was 10 years ago.
A lot of teams draft power guys, and they almost never pan out. That is because unless you are picking in the top slot of the draft you are never going to get the guranteed power guy.
Teams like NY will draft guys who have power and not much more tools (because they aren't there later in the draft) with the hope that they develop power.
Meanwhile the Sox take athletic, up the middle, defenders and hope the power comes.
The opposite of a team like NY.
The results are this. When a guy doesn't develop power (which is on the decline and not as vital today) a team like NYY are left with a bust of a prospect.
If the player Boston drafts never develops the power, they are often still left with a capable defender who can back up, play mutliple positions...and with a little development become everyday regular players.
Also if a player fails at SS but can hit you just move him to 2B/3B/LF/RF depending on where he plays best. When the power guy at 1B doesn't hit well he really can't add any more value at a defense first position, and if he is to slow for even a corner outfield or 1st base then you are effectively left with a DH.
All it takes is for one guy to hit to end up with the next Mike Trout....but the Sox formula for developing up the middle players and pitchers has built one of the best player develop programs in all of baseball, help contribute to 3 world series in 10 years, and currently led to MLB's strongest (or at least one of the strongest farms)
I would love to see a power bat too....but the reality is the Sox don't have one because there are just so very very very few of those guys that exist.
It would be nice to have a guy like Joey Gallo in our system...but most systems don't have a Joey Gallo, just like a lot of systems don't have a Xander Bogaerts, or a Mookie Betts.
We do have some guys who could develop some serious power one day, but they are far away: Raphael Devers seems poised to be our best bet for a power bat in the system after Bogaerts who hasn't shown the same power in the bigs as he did in the minors; then again Xander NEVER showed any power in the minors at any level until about 6 weeks into the season.