Re: Pawsox news
posted at 9/7/2012 10:19 PM EDT
In response to southpaw777's comment:
People here have been calling for RHH Rf'er with pop. We have one in AAA now in Bryce Brentz. He been a 30hr guy in AA and hes already showing he can hit the long ball in AAA. Since being drafted, Brentz has been tearing it up through the system. I saw him play at M. Tenn. and was impressed then. Not sure why some here want to get rid of a kid who can be a .300 hitter with power and solid defense in RF and also has a cannon for an arm.
I would look to trade Sands Long before I even consider Brentz. The kid is a keeper IMO. Bands is more a 1b/LF type. he wouldnt be that good in that expansive RF in Fenway IMO. Brentz could man RF at Fenway for a long time. Sure, all prospects dont pan out. But unless there is a hefty return then you keep the ones that show the most promise and Brentz should be given a shot in RF before hes considered in a trade. Yes, as you can see Im high on this kid, and for good reason as I was with Middlebrooks. And yes, I would rather give Brentz a shot instead of trading him for a J. Upton...
I guess I wonder why you think Brentz will automatically be better than Sands, and Sands is expendable.
In the minors, Sands did have an advantage by playing in the PCL, so we can ignore his obvious power advantage as having some league factors.
He is only one year older, but has shown to be a much, much more patient hitter with better selection than Brentz. Sands strikes out 1.77 times for every walk. Brentz strikes out 3.21 times for every walk. Consequently, Sands is flat out better at getting on base (re: not making outs). Sands also has a quicker, more compact swing than Brentz, and a better approach at the plate.
Brentz has clear defensive advantages, and is capable of playing RF. However, you greatly overstate that he has shown the ability to hit HRs at AAA (assuming that skill is worth anything), since he has 1. Brentz hasn’t shown the ability to hit anything at AAA just yet, in a very small and inconclusive sample size.
Its not exactly out of the realm of possibility that Brentz’ MLB equivalent as a hitter is Delmon Young. Granted, you have to look at Young for what he is, and not what everyone expected him to be. But if that is the case, is Brentz worth holding on to over Sands? I look at Sands and my best comparison for him offensively (not defensively) is Matt Joyce. Interestingly, you could probably reverse both of these comparisons for defense. If these were to hold true (which may or may not happen), which do you prefer as an all-around player? Field like Joyce and hit like Young, or the reverse? Three really is no wrong answer; its a matter of preference and need.
And remember, the purpose of trades is to make your team better, not to run the undesirables out of town. Just because a team trades a player does not necessarily mean they think he is no good or a bad fit. An argument could be made that Brentz is a better fit based on defensive skillset, but the same argument could be made for Sands offense, too.
Personally, I think next year Sands is on the bench in Boston and Brentz is in RF at Pawtucket. But that doesn’t change the fact that one of them could easily be dealt, too…