Re: Ryan Hanigan
posted at 11/30/2013 1:16 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
At the end of 2014, Brentz might be compeltely worthless, or a sought-after commodity ready to step in. Obviously the former happens much more often withg prospects his age, but there is also a vast greay area in between those 2 statuses.
The Sox certainly do have issues producing RHH power corner infielders and outfielders. Before Middlebrooks, who was the last one? Has there been another significant RHH power hitting corner player since Bagwell? But if there is one area they are actually less productive in, it has to be catcher. GRanted, big disadvantage, as teams only start one catcher at a time as opposed to four corner players, but really when you look how they draft, catcher is a problem.
Since Epstein took over as GM and right through Cherington, the team has drafted exactly three corner infielder or corner outfielder in the first two rounds - Brentz, Matt Murton and Hunter Morris (who did not sign). They have also only drafted 2 catchers in that period - Jonathan Egan (2004 - washed out) and Swihart. They typically draft up the middle, and move players around as they need. So the corners are inherently negleted, but catcher should not be. Yet somehow, who was the last catcher from the Sox farm system to catch 1,000 games in MLB? Do we have to go back to Gedman for this? (Hasty typing, no research, Apologies.)
They have 2 good ones now they have hope for. One or neither could pan out. But this is a true position of weakness in the farm and has always been.
My expectations for Brentz are not so great that I think he is really worth keeping and rolling the dice on.
However, I still think a Franklin Morales / Nick Hundley swap is a good and realisitic alternative. Interestingly, Hundley was the last non-Hanigan to lead the NL in CS%. Details as to why this deal makes sense for both teams are on another thread. "Offseason Spolier II - Rotten to the Core."
I like Hundley as well, but if we trade Dempster or Peavy, as I think we should and will, we will want Morales as our 6th starter.
On catching draftees, we did draft Denny with the 81st pick, Jordan Weems with the 111th pick in 2011, and 3 catchers in the top 9 rounds in 2008, but your point is well taken.
On Brentz, I think he will not pan out in the bigs. I could be wrong, but I'm fine with trading him while he still has value. I wouldn't hand him away, but I do think getting Hanigan or Hundley for him would be a nice trade for us.