Re: Would Adrian Gonzalez be a free agent now...
posted at 11/20/2011 11:23 AM EST
In Response to Re: Would Adrian Gonzalez be a free agent now...
[QUOTE]FWIW, after seeing Dice and lackey get injured, I think we should've trade them last year. And we shouldn't have signed CC. OTOH, had SD know then what they know now, they'd have probably asked for Middlebrooks instead of Rizzo.
And the next question is, if we knew then what we know now, do we also know what will happen next year? Isn't that what the question boils down to? Had we known then what we know now, everything changes.
Posted by Joebreidey[/QUOTE]
Will Middlebrooks, who is a year older than Anthony Rizzo, is nowhere near the prospect Rizzo is.
In 2011, Middlebrooks posted a .285/.328/.506/.834 line across High A, Double A and Triple A, but struck out 114 times against only 26 walks in 472 plate appearances. The strikeouts, however, were down from the 123 and 121 strikeouts in the two previous seasons at lower levels.
In 1,606 career minor league plate appearances, Middlebrooks has posted a .272/.330/.440/.770 line with 431 strikeouts and 121 walks. I worry that Middlebrooks’ struggles in 16 games at Triple A in 2011 will only magnify at the MLB level.
In 1,629 career minor league appearances, Rizzo has posted a .296/.366/.514/.880 line* with 337 strikeouts and 158 walks.
San Diego's interest in Middlebrooks would be minimal because the top Padre prospects include thirdbasemen Jedd Gyorko and James Darnell.
I hope Middlebrooks and Rizzo have long, successful MLB careers, but Middlebrooks' ranking as the club's top prospect does not speak well of the Red Sox farm system.
* inflated, but at the Triple A level, by his partial season at high-elevation Tucson