Re: Thank you John Farrell for realizing that Middlebrooks should sit
posted at 6/22/2013 10:25 AM EDT
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
WMB needs to learn to SEE the difference between dead red & a breaking ball sliding off the plate. Time in the cage isn't gonna solve that. He needs serious work with plate appearances against guys who can mix it up and throw both.
As for his D? 3rd should NEVER have been the position for this kid. He simply doesn't have the skill to play 3rd, and getting there would be a long term prospect. 1st makes the most sense for him to be a valuable mlb option, with a top tier mlb team (as in Boston).
WMB needs quick development at 1st, and should be our 2014 .......... long term answer at 1st.
Iggy needs to play every day. 3rd base! End of story. Eventually, SS is HIS, but for this year it needs to be 3rd.
I whole heardedly disagree (not about WMB needing to see live pitches). He is by far a 3B! And the best one on the team defensively. I've never heard anyone shoot down his defense, I didn't even think that was up for debate?!?! The whole scouting industry and baseball world as a whole has done nothing but rave about his plus defense.
You need a bat to play first, if WMB comes around with his at I have no problem sticking him at first, as Xander may be our third baseman.
I also think Xander may end up better suited for LF, and the bar is a little lower at 3rd offensively than it is at 1st. So if WMB can recover he may very well lock down 3B with Xander moving to left.
Then again Bogaerts is the kinda prospect who moves for no one. You play him where he is best suited, so if that's 3B I can live with WMB at 1B; especially if we have a hole at first next year. But WMB is a third baseman and I'm sorry the really shouldn't be a discussion there. So if he hits he may have more value to the team on he trade market if Xander is a third baseman.
Personally I think if Will can cut down on the strike outs and/or increase his walks he will be fine at 1B. Nothing wrong with young talented and cost controlled position players.