Re: what about our prospects ? some thoughts
posted at 12/15/2012 8:07 AM EST
I have to agree with "ernstbln" and the ones criticizing him have been the first ones complaining about every move Ben has made. In my estimation Ben hasn't made a bad move yet. His plan is a work inprogress. Many of us think we can do a better job than Ben and that's why this forum is loaded with great commentary. I originally didn't think Ben had a plan--I now see his plan a little clearer. No signings over three years-he stayed away from Ham and Sanchez unless on his terms. Good managerial sign.
Where the line is drawn for me is when the responses are aimed in a chastising way at the commentators.
The O's brought Manny Machado in the heat of a pennant race and through the playoffs playing him out of position. Is Bogaerts as good as Machado? Baseball America says he's a Top 50. We've seen Trout and Harper, is he as good as they are? So what are we to do with him? Is he better than Iggy, Ciriaco,WMB? If yes then play him now or put him in a package to get someone better--Stanton, JUpton, Ethier, etc.
Is Brentz better than Gomes, Kalish, Nava---then play him now.
Is JBJ better than Ells---then play him now.
The question about Gomez is interesting. Notin and Moon would lead us to believe in the 4A myth. Gomez, utilized perhaps in a smarter way, could help create a solid and potentially productive corner on this team and a feared RH bat. Sign Pena and platoon him with Gomez and / or Sands at 1b. He played in 160 games 19HR, 61 RBI's, Lots of K's, 1 per game, a walk every other game--.330 OBP with an under .200 BA. Is he still a feared bat--I think so. He could probably be had for a reasonable fee. Batting against RH and a def. replacement he might be able to help the Sox--what do you have to lose?
We know about 1 % of what happens behind the scenes and it's only a guess at that.
Prospects are suspects until they do something special other great players have done. If you think you are a good judge of talent go to Lowell, A-, A+ AA, AAA, or Spring training or the Instrutional League or the Dominican Summer League, or the Cape Cod League and the Boston City League and see a wide sample of players. Every one of these levels has some very good players, players that are or were close-95 to 98 % will not make it. That 2 to 5 % is what you hope to find;"A diamond in the rough."
For the Sox, this year, Portland and Pawtucket should be great fun places to watch some young talent.