Will Middlebrooks:One NL talent evaluator calls him "a [expletive] stud"- Middlebrooks making a powerful statement

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    Hmmm..............let's see.  Epstein has an undergrad degree from Yale, went on to get his law degree, and now gets paid millions of dollars to run the team he grew up rooting for.

    Who exactly is the idiot here??

     
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    [QUOTE]Nice Story but, What happens to Youk ?? Looks like DH'ing part time 3rd and 1st can't be to far away for him ??
    Posted by ALaGatorAL[/QUOTE]
    another tip of the hat to theo.. u keep youk thru 2013. after 34, that enough as we are seeing with a drew and in the post-steroids era. u also must look at ortiz at that point. knowing theo, papi gets a 2-year deal with a team option for 2014 at best. if wes is still progressing and has done the reddick/pedy thing (before he was given his shot) in the majors, u see how both youk and papi are doing health and production wise. if ortiz is still the man, u let youk go, no where to play him. if papi is breaking down, u let him go and make youk the dh on a 2 year deal. if wes is a lars andersen and taps out i pawtucket, then u make other plans while giving youk a 1-year deal or bring in a beltre type for one or 2 years... watch how we handle RF or SS, great guides as to the future 
     
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    [QUOTE]Hmmm..............let's see.  Epstein has an undergrad degree from Yale, went on to get his law degree, and now gets paid millions of dollars to run the team he grew up rooting for. Who exactly is the idiot here??
    Posted by siestafiesta[/QUOTE]

    george w. went to yale; so who is actually the theo bootlicker here?
     
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    [QUOTE] was saying the same thing yazer..he bashes Lowrie for bad D and being soft, yet thinks the dodgers will be doing backflips to get him. . Show me where I said the Dodgers will do backflaps to get Lowrie. I said "Lowrie or Middlebrooks", you prevaricating pug. Since college, Ellsbury has never hit more than 9 homers in his life. I don't think 10 homers v. RHP is reason to pay 10 to 12M on a team that already has Crawford and needs more than a dumpster dive for an OF that has nothing v. LHP.
    Posted by billbyboy[/QUOTE]

    Hes a leadoff hitter..hes not supposed to hit hr's all the time..His doing so this year is a bonus..I dont understand..Its like saying manny su***d because he couldnt steal a base..and who said they were going to give him 10-12mil? another fabricated story from that warped unmedicated mind of yours?
     
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    "One has to have a hole in the head to whine about a leadoff hole."


    One has to have a hole in the head to not realize the value of a great leadoff hitter..
     
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    [QUOTE]by Alex Speier/WEEI PHOENIX — What to make of Red Sox third base prospect Will Middlebrooks ? “He’s a [expletive] stud,” said one NL talent evaluator. Middlebrooks has emerged as one of the top Red Sox prospects over the last two years. He is a tremendously athletic 6-foot-4 third baseman who has terrific bat speed, big-time power potential and who consistently grades as one of the top defensive third basemen at every minor league level that he’s played at. Scouts describe him as a potentially above-average defensive third baseman with 20-25 home run power. The 22-year-old typically puts on a show in batting practice, sending rockets well out of the park. He certainly commands the attention of his teammates both before and during games. “He’s a guy with amazing power,” said Portland outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang . “He can share some of his power with me.” But he is not just a slugger who represents a circus event. Year after year, his development is evident. After the Sox drafted him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft and signed him away from a two-sport scholarship offer at Texas A&M with a $925,000 bonus, Middlebrooks — one of two Red Sox prospects in the All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on Sunday — embodied raw talent. He had tools, but perhaps because he had divided his time in high school between baseball and other sports, he had some developmental ground to make up compared to some of his peers at those levels. “I was very raw coming out of high school – very raw. I was basically an athlete, not a baseball player,” Middlebrooks explained earlier this year. “I played sports year round. Whatever season it was, I was doing it. I never focused on one sport for a long period of time in high school. … I’m still refining so many things to become a better baseball player.” The effort is yielding evident results. In his early career, he endured abysmal first halves of the season, first with Short-Season Lowell in 2008 and then with Single-A Greenville in 2009. As the season progressed, he would find his way and work his stats up towards respectablity. Last year, however, he got off to a scorching start for Hi-A Salem of the Carolina League, earning All-Star honors en route to a year where he hit .276 with a .770 OPS, 12 homers and 70 RBI while being recognized as the top defensive third baseman in the league. This year, with Double-A Portland, he has concluded a huge first half that netted him both an invite both to the Futures Game and a berth in the Eastern League All-Star Game later in the week. In 63 games with the Sea Dogs, he hit .315 with a .359 OBP, .498 slugging mark and .857 OPS, along with nine homers and 43 RBI, as the batting practice shows that he routinely puts on have translated with increasing frequency to games. His average, slugging and OPS have all gone up in each of his pro seasons, and he’s currently on pace to achieve new career highs in every major offensive category (average, OBP, slugging, OPS, homers and RBI) while in Double-A. “There was a development curve, and I think he’s finally on top of that,” said Sox area scout Jim Robinson, who scouted Middlebrooks in high school. “His first couple years, it took him a long time to get going and warmed up. The good thing about that is he always improved as the season went along. Now he’s putting good starts to his career, and that bodes well.” Middlebrooks also tacked on three more homers in four games during a brief rehab assignment with the Lowell Spinners. However, his teammates ensure that he is somewhat sheepish about padding his stats, even as he notes the work that has gone into getting them where they are. “I would love to count those [three homers with Lowell]. I think they count for the year but not in Portland. The guys give me heck about it. I like to say [he has] 12 [homers this year]. But I figure nine in Portland is what it is,” said Middlebrooks. “I don’t have near as many doubles as I did at this point last year but I have more home runs. Some of those balls are backspinning out of there. It comes with age, you get stronger, and I’m learning my swing. “That just goes back to my approach that I’ve been working on for the last four years. know what pitches I can handle, know the pitchers, study the pitchers. Study the game. Know what to expect. And when you get it, don’t miss.” That is an approach that Middlebrooks now seems to be delivering with more consistency than ever, something that has helped him emerge as one of the top prospects in the Sox system and one of the best third-base prospects in the game. His performance this season lends further credence to the notion that he will be pushing soon for his first taste of the majors. The Sox will have to add him to the 40-man roster this winter in order to keep him away from being taken by other clubs in the Rule 5 draft. That being the case, it is conceivable that he could get a September call-up from the Sox this year; even if the organization follows a more conservative timetable for him, Middlebrooks has thrust himself into position for big league consideration no later than the 2012 season. A normal progression would suggest that if he continues his improvement as he advances up the ladder, Middlebrooks could emerge as an everday player in the majors by late-2012 or early 2013. Coincidentally, current Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is signed through 2012 with a team option for 2013, meaning that Middlebrooks could make a case as his successor. That, however, is all well down the road. It would be a mistake to assume that a player’s development — particularly as a 22-year-old who remains two levels away from the majors — will continue along such a direct path. All the same, it is almost natural to forecast big things for Middlebrooks, who is emerging as the sort of power hitting prospect whom the Sox have rarely produced in recent years. The Futures Game represented an enticing milestone for Middlebrooks, a hint of what lies ahead at the highest levels of competition. As such, he described the game — in which he went 1-for-2 with a single through the left side of the infield, while also failing to glove a hard hit grounder to third in the first inning that kicked off his glove for a double (“I should have made that play,” he admitted) — as “awesome. Awesome. Hitting in a big league stadium is so fun. You see the ball so well.” Middlebrooks is looking forward to future opportunities to experience that setting. While it took an exhibition game to give him the opportunity to experience the sharpened visual environment of a big league ballpark, Middlebrooks looks forward to the day when he will take permanent residence in such a venue. “I just try to use it as a stepping stone. This is something in the journey. We’re close. All of us are close. Most of us are Double-A, Triple-A guys. You’re one phone call away. You’ve got to be ready,” said Middlebrooks. “You never know. I’m trying to stay healthy, play good baseball. That’s all I can do.”
    Posted by DPapiOrtiz[/QUOTE]

    If I had to put a label on one guy in our system that should be 100% untouchable it would be Middlebrook's at this point. 
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Will Middlebrooks:One NL talent evaluator calls him "a [expletive] stud"- Middlebrooks making a powerful statement : If I had to put a label on one guy in our system that should be 100% untouchable it would be Middlebrook's at this point. 
    Posted by craze4sox[/QUOTE]
    Will Middlebrooks has hit well for half-season at Double A as the thirdbaseman approaches his 23rd birthday, but I would not place too much weight on a WEEI puff piece pegged to four-word assessment of an anonymous "NL talent evaluator," whoever that means.

    Is anyone concerned about his .921 fielding percentage this year? Or his .935 career fielding percentage in the minors? I wish we had more sophisticated defensive measures in the minors.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Will Middlebrooks:One NL talent evaluator calls him "a [expletive] stud"- Middlebrooks making a powerful statement : Will Middlebrooks has hit well for half-season at Double A as the thirdbaseman approaches his 23rd birthday, but I would not place too much weight on a WEEI puff piece pegged to four-word assessment of an anonymous "NL talent evaluator," whoever that means. Is anyone concerned about his .921 fielding percentage this year? Or his .935 career fielding percentage in the minors? I wish we had more sophisticated defensive measures in the minors.
    Posted by hill55[/QUOTE]

    I agree his Stats don't look that great just hill and the experts are often wrong when judging young talent.  I would protect Middlebrooks from being traded for another year or two to see how he matures.  Youk gets beat up on a daily basis and Middlebrooks seems to be the most likely successor at the moment, offensively anyway.


     
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    I'm not worried about his fielding percentage. That metric has minimal correlation with advanced defensive metrics at the major league level, even less (I would think) at the minor league level. My take on it would be that his defense remains "raw", much as his offensive game still has serious flaws.

    We'll have a better idea where he stands in a year or so.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Will Middlebrooks:One NL talent evaluator calls him "a [expletive] stud"- Middlebrooks making a powerful statement : Will Middlebrooks has hit well for half-season at Double A as the thirdbaseman approaches his 23rd birthday, but I would not place too much weight on a WEEI puff piece pegged to four-word assessment of an anonymous "NL talent evaluator," whoever that means. Is anyone concerned about his .921 fielding percentage this year? Or his .935 career fielding percentage in the minors? I wish we had more sophisticated defensive measures in the minors.
    Posted by hill55[/QUOTE]

    How about Keith Law?

    Will's the only Red Sox in his updated top 50 prospect list (Brentz is the first honrable mention).


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    Will Middlebrooks
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    Analysis: He still has to work on recognizing off-speed pitches and working the count. Otherwise, he should be a plus defender at third who hits 25-plus homers. Preseason Ranking: NR

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Will Middlebrooks:One NL talent evaluator calls him "a [expletive] stud"- Middlebrooks making a powerful statement : How about Keith Law? Will's the only Red Sox in his updated top 50 prospect list (Brentz is the first honrable mention). http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/6768361/mlb-keith-law-updated-2011-top-50-prospects Will Middlebrooks 3B 6-4 200 Analysis:  He still has to work on recognizing off-speed pitches and working the count. Otherwise, he should be a plus defender at third who hits 25-plus homers.  Preseason Ranking:  NR
    Posted by JB-3[/QUOTE]
    I'll admit I give Keith Law's opinion more weight than the opinion of an anonymous "NL talent evaluator."
     
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    It wasn't long ago when Keith Law was all over Lars Anderson as a prospect. It also wasn't long ago when Middlebrooks looked like a bust. I definitely wouldn't slot him as our top prospect now. 
     
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    [QUOTE]It wasn't long ago when Keith Law was all over Lars Anderson as a prospect. It also wasn't long ago when Middlebrooks looked like a bust. I definitely wouldn't slot him as our top prospect now. 
    Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]

    Who would you consider our top prospect then?  Brentz?    Iggy hasn't been showing signs of improvement since being promoted to AAA.  I believe it will come with time since he's very young for AAA, but he's also starting to build a lengthy injury history.  Ranaudo has a 4.46 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in High A ball with only 27 K's in 38 innings.

    For the purposes of the article, players who have exhausted, or are on pace to exhaust their rookie elligibility were not included, so no Kalish, Reddick, Navarro.
     

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