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capps' original delivery wasn't banned, just the new one from that bullpen video a few weeks ago, with the second hop, which i think he says isn't even real and was just a spring training taking-it-easy kinda thing
peraza has pretty lit basestealing upside and maitan has long-term sex appeal, but agree about gordon - he actually seems like a really similar player to arcia who just hasn't hit the hype wall from being challenged in the majors yet
i mean, gordon is one year younger than arcia and had a lower <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ISO" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ISO'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ISO</span></a> last year in high-A than arcia did in his disappointing showing in the majors. and got owned a lot on the basepaths
are we not men? we want difo
just ask where chris davis is and be done with it
currently it sounds like valencia is going to be on the short side of a platoon with vogelbach in seattle, so that's not really enough to get him on a list like this. personally i do think his improvements vs RHP the past couple years are real and he'd be a decent option if he got full-time at-bats, but, as it stands, he probably won't, so
i'm holding out for morlock jimenez
heyyy somebody actually mentioned bruce maxwell. i love you man
my opinion is different! he came out of college as a big bat with questionable defense, then spent most of his minor league career working on the defense. with apparently good results. then by most accounts made some good adjustments to catch back up with the stick last year. going the other way, etc.
it was the PCL, but nashville is one of the least PCL-y home parks in the PCL. and he also hit in the majors last year, in a short time to be sure, but still, it's something.
so, i think there's a good chance the improvement last year is real and not just a PCL artifact. sounds like the A's do too. only one way to find out, of course.
generally, with catchers, a lot of them take a long time to develop since the position is so difficult, and there are a lot of late bloomers. this is a pattern i've noticed and started trying to apply broadly. like, i'm not even an A's fan here saying all this. maxwell is exactly the kind of guy i kind of scan for nowadays, low-budget catcher prospects who are considered too old but who put up numbers. vogt himself was another one like this i targeted a few years ago, and that worked.
you're just not even gonna mention bruce maxwell, huh
i actually hate the braves. i think the tomahawk chop is a nightmarishly racist zombie tradition and their whole new stadium thing is extremely sketchy, and neither of those things can be talked about enough imo. there's still no reason to let that bleed over into the actual nuts-and-bolts transaction analysis, and this is still a weird write-up.
this is coming from someone who finds most fan complaining about bias to be tired. and i'm not even saying it's a weird write-up because of anti-braves bias. no way to really know that. it's definitely a weird write-up, though.
and yeah, fried was coming back from TJ and went on an absolute tear towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, so i don't agree with that take either. c'est la vie
solely on the subject of garcia - i can't find the link now, but i read an article recently where he said he focused on staying healthy last year, and succeeded at that only to see his mechanics get out of whack. he claimed he was finally starting to get himself sorted out right at the end of the year.
now that may or may not be just talk or excuses or whatever. but the dude does have a pretty long track record of quality pitching when he does pitch, before last season. to assume that second half 2016 is just what he is now - i dunno, seems like nowadays everything is a small sample size until and unless it's the conclusion you're trying to reach.
is the dude a gamble at this point, sure, obviously. but to get a guy with a solid track record as a mid-rotation SP for $12M x 1 year and some not-particularly-painful-to-lose prospects in this pitching market seems hard to argue with. but i guess not.
BTW i'm not even a cards or braves fan or anything
re: the phillies next year - personally i'm an edubray ramos partisan so i like your thinking, but i don't see how neris isn't more or less equally intriguing, if we're ranking intrigue (we are)
one seat now
there's still two seats left on the bruce maxwell dune buggy
you're lucky man. my editor banned me from making jokes
what kind of an editor bans someone from talking about sandy leon. honestly
re: chris ellis, angels: it'll be a big boost to the angels system if they've gained control of gwinnett
well, they're calling him up
ok, i'll bite. why does dahl need both of blackmon and carlogon to be traded before he comes up
i don't think they're really sitting him; they made that announcement, and he sat the first game healy was up, but he's started every game since. i think it really just meant that they're giving 3B to healy for a while. but valencia's still getting most of his time in at DH, 1B, etc
there's been some talk that there hasn't actually been much trade interest in valencia, which seems odd to me, but i'm not in charge
can you really be "struggling" when you have the highest wOBA of any qualified hitter at your level? he had a quiet june for power, but his average and <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a> have risen every month, and it's not like power is a problem for him
also in the same piece re: christin stewart, your main knock on him was "The elephant in the room is that Stewart is a bit old for his level", which is... kind of a baffling comment. stewart is 22 in high-A, which is perfectly normal and ordinary for a college player who was just drafted last year
not notably young, certainly, but not old and certainly not indicative of any kind of slow progress. i mean the cardinals put bader and dejong (also college draftees from last june) straight in AA this year to skip them over palm beach and that's been widely discussed as being notably aggressive
that past post about healy does have him as a flip but if you read it it doesn't actually give a reason. it starts by saying you'd never heard of him until today, the rest of the write-up is entirely positive and then at the end it just suddenly says to sell him
yeah that one is yuNieski (as in betancourt), with an N, as opposed to yuLieski
the less talented one who played in canada is actually the oldest brother though, not the middle one #GourrielFacts
sabathia just went on the DL, so, that's out
this is a cool idea, even though y'all are killin' me by not allowing some of my best picks because you're projecting their playing time too low also
(please don't edit the article please don't edit the article)
which is to say, he'll keep his starting position. but they may have to put Andre Ether out of his misery
i expect the dodgers to be extremely patient with Job Pederson
see i feel like the suspension could be worse than that. i'm not talking about the rockies sitting him, or the rockies doing anything really.
hard to be sure though, we're off the map a bit on this one obviously. as i say, not really challenging the ranking, just stating a personal "do not want" take. we'll find out if i'm reacting too far in the other direction when it finally comes through
i'm not saying the ranking is wrong but i wouldn't poke reyes with a sharp 10-foot stick right now. just feels like he's going to miss the entire season more likely than not. and why risk it when he hasn't even been that great lately anyway.
personally i'd rather have jonathan villar and a peaceful morning cup of coffee
based on the arodys comment it seems based on the assumption that arodys currently holds the role over grilli, which last i've seen isn't actually the case. believe it's been stated outright by fredi et al that grilli gets the saves back, presumably in order to boost his value until they can trade him sometime during the summer
is tomlin really on the outside looking in for a rotation spot? far as i know he's got the inside track on the indians' 5 spot over cody anderson. roster-resource agrees
no hay banda. there is no band
dahl figures to come up before tapia, doesn't he, and dahl didn't even get a snapchat here
(A) the league didn't decide anything about aroldis yet either. the recent news was the legal system not filing charges (which wasn't really a surprise), MLB is still deliberating about all three cases (chapman, reyes, puig)
(B) it can be hard to judge these things from our distance but based on what we know the reyes situation sounds the worst of the lot by a fair margin (if nothing else, he definitely IS facing charges). so i don't see how you could draw conclusions that way anyhow
where does this extremely mild garin cecchini optimism keep coming from? i mean it's not utterly impossible but personally i'd rather have kaleb cowart, who seems like a similar dude at a similar place in his life but at least is a plus defender and showed *something* with the bat last year
these trilobites are getting out of hand
i think "luis yander la O" has actually now won the "what even is this cuban name" contest, for the time being, which was a high bar at this point
dónde está crístobal davís. qué lástima
it's supposed to be this youtube video
the embedding doesn't seem to be going very well
i enjoy how the lemahieu writeup says to avoid him because you can get a guy like murphy a round or two later, and then you keep reading and the next guy on the "avoid" list is murphy. bam! right in the gut
i'm also floating around the internet
bo bichette getting good results in high school despite a "wonky swing" isn't exactly encouraging after the way things went with dante jr. who is coaching these children
where's chris davis
ain't no love, in the heart of the comments
ain't no love, in the heart of to-own
ain't no looove, sure 'nuff is a pity
ain't no love, cause chris ain't around
that's fine, just make the lists even longer and give up your free time and personal lives
oh i'm sure. those people are wrong though
ok, but consider that your opinion that subjectivity results in less satisfying answers is, itself, subjective
i do think the staff gets defensive too quickly sometimes, but people *are* coming straight in here with comments like "BP's fantasy stuff is awful" and "the guy who made this list should be fired". it's not crazy to interpret that as "mad"
i do agree with this. i think a little human touch on the include/exclude decisions is a better way to go than just using a hard math games limit.
like, for a 1B/OF, putting the guy on both lists, but a C/1B only shows up on the C list. common-sense stuff like that.
they said they use 20 games for eligibility, gattis had 11. so under this system he doesn't.
honestly i spend most of my time in these comment sections pointing out mistakes in the articles to where i probably get annoying, but at least i'm usually correct that the things i'm pointing out are mistakes. this davis/gattis thing isn't a mistake, it's just a side effect of the ruleset they're using that people happen to not agree with.
personally i'd also put davis in any 1B list i was making, but this is getting silly
i think ravelo could be up this year if he keeps hitting like he did in venezuela. the A's have a lot of bodies at 1B/DH/LF but none of them are actually locks to be good - yonder alonso, butler, mark canha, chronically injured coco crisp... there's possible openings.
ravelo's profile doesn't scream star but he could be more than meets the eye - actually seems kinda similar to butler, or a right-handed alonso who isn't constantly injured (or who IS constantly injured, i don't know).
olson is also there but ravelo's probably ahead of him on the conveyor belt
spencer brickhouse looks interesting, but if he's going to make it long term he'll need some walk-up music. let's assign a team to work on the problem
wow, it's really hostile down here
you had to do it. you just had to do the saved by the bell joke
looking around at articles like this one -
- maybe "clear plan A" is an overstatement but that's certainly the vibe i get, just considering what they traded to get moss and the fact that they tendered him a substantial arbitration salary even with adams already on board.
at best (for adams) it's a straight-up position battle between them, with every indication being that moss has the edge if anyone does.
moss does also play OF, as they mention in that article, but they've already got plenty of dudes out there too.
this is a lot of talk about matt adams as a starter considering that the cardinals have made it pretty clear that brandon moss is their plan A
it just doesn't sound like it was too invasive, as shoulder surgeries go. no labrum involvement or major load-bearing structural repairs, just trimming the hedge basically
as far as exactly how his recovery is going it'll be hard to know until the spring i guess
i actually think you sort of upgrade him for that - i've been surprised by how many people are being all "grandal slumped at the end, perhaps pitchers figured him out / he is bad?" no he was really obviously playing with a busted arm, which was publicly known the entire time, that is the reason he hit .087 or whatever it was for the last two months
why they kept playing him into the playoffs when ellis was hot is beyond me
you do have to hope the surgery worked, of course. but reports have all been fine & i think that risk is already baked into the ranking here
literally the only starter out of the 30 not listed. pretty cold
is there some indication of that that you know about, or are you asking if there's been any indication of that? i haven't seen any personally
i'm also not sure i agree that revere's arrow is up here. i don't think his playing time was really in that much danger in toronto, and going to the NL he's going to be hitting behind the pitcher and wilson ramos who had like a .250 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a> last year, which combined with his power profile means he's going to get like eleven total <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=RBI" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('RBI'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">RBI</span></a>. sure you're not drafting him for RBI, but it still matters.
it might help his steals though, so maybe it's a wash. ington.
shouldn't saunders get an up arrow out of this? he didn't have a starting job, now he does. kind of a big deal, at least within the michael saunders context
certainly. thanks for taking the time to discuss it, at least.
sure. not trying to be argumentative here, and you're not the only ones to hold this position. it's just always seemed pretty arbitrary to me.
what exactly is the difference? the task seems exactly the same - projecting the MLB performance of new players, based on scouting looks and their performance outside of MLB.
certainly olivera's been mentioned elsewhere, just as this year's draftees were covered in various other draft articles and so on. but this is theoretically the all-around braves checkpoint. but we're going to leave this one guy out, because he's 30. it's your website, of course, but, it doesn't make any sense to me at all. and the arguments for doing it - "different beast", "not synonymous" etc all seem incredibly vague tbh. allard isn't -precisely- synonymous with blair either but you guys made it work.
the reason we all read these articles isn't because these guys are young, though. it's because we want to know what all the new fellas coming into the league are going to do. olivera's one of those
they quietly fixed the article after i posted this, thanks for the downvote though
hector neris maybe worth a mention in philly
padres reportedly keep on kicking around the idea of signing fernando rodney to close, which would be, festive
marcos mateo went to japan - http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/dec/22/matsuda-padres-mateo-likely-to-play-in-japan/
hardly anybody even mentions him but i think justin miller might be the best overall arm in the rockies pen right now. he had a rough august that got him banished for a bit but then came back with an 18/1 K/BB ratio in 12 innings in september, which is pretty intense. gave up all of two hits, one run on a homer, 5 holds and a save
worth a crafty stash, under the right circumstances
cowart's renaissance may have come in the PCL, but he was promoted there from the cal league, which is just as silly of a hitting environment two levels lower, and he wasn't hitting there. there's some articles out there about how he tweaked his swing to go back to what used to work for him originally, after he looked at video of himself from shortly after he was drafted and realized he's been tinkering too much the past few years. this was not long before they moved him from the cal to AAA.
between that and the fact that he was supposed to have the tools to hit when he was drafted, it doesn't seem crazy to me to think it was a real adjustment. after going 0 for 13 to start his callup he hit decently, if not spectacularly, for the angels too.
obviously he's had a pretty weird path and is far from a lock to come through, but considering the state of this system it still seems like a better bet to me than most of these dudes
now are we *positive* his name isn't kendrys flores
which wil myers trade are we talking about here. wade davis and jake bauers were never in the same trade
if a trapdoor splitter is anything like a trapdoor spider the safeco infield should be a lively place next season. or a deadly place
probably five on each hand, i expect. the guy with six fingers was antonio alfonseca. ugueth urbina is the guy who had a trial about setting people on fire
using "A-" for low-A is confusing, at least to me; i've only ever seen that notation used for short-season A. usually it's A+ (full-season high A), A (full-season low A), A- (short-season A), R or Rk (short-season rookie)
jerome williams got owned last night, so his run of 1-run starts ended, technically. if that will help people avert their gaze
i snagged him in my fake baseball league, but i'd temper any optimism that he's ever likely to get back to being an exciting full-time player; according to this article
he's still dealing with ankylosing spondylitis (some kinda spinal arthritis), which requires some level of Management, e.g. pulling him out of that day's game a few innings early so he could play again the next day, since they were facing another lefty. that doesn't seem like something that's suddenly gonna just go away, especially since this is franklin gutierrez we're talking about, so i'd say he's liable to stay more or less this, an interesting platoon / 4th OF type guy, for the indefinite.
i think he mostly meant that sandoval and pedroia's contracts aren't ending any time soon (nor is xander's), moreso than asserting that xander will definitely pan out (especially since he specifically points out the possibility that xander won't pan out elsewhere in the article).
ah, i should have finished reading your comments before posting mine. in my defense, i didn't realize you'd have four
these are good points. a lot of people have gattis pegged as a trumbo. but coming up through the minors his K% was actually pretty good, almost always down in the low-mid teens, which is exceptional for somebody showing as much power as he was. his walk rates weren't awful either.
obviously the major leagues are harder than the minors, and of course he was also notoriously old for those minor leagues. but he was also inexperienced. i still think he may still be adjusting to the majors. last year he was really getting on a tear when he hurt his back and then was never the same after. of course back injuries aren't good news either. but as far as his innate skill levels, i think there are still more unknowns than people act like.
really. i was picturing brienne fighting gattis
damn it, every time we light the chirinos-signal, rene rivera shows up
well, they matter a little bit when my perfectly reasonable comment gets made invisible for no reason
also why do you, richard bergstrom, appear and gently tsk me for caring about comment votes every time i playfully mention comment votes. what's that about
huh. is that what it is?
maybe posting on a website that isn't full of dudes who hop around all day with pole vaulting poles up their butts about typing conventions would help me avoid down voting
i believe your assessment is incorrect
"not routine", true. very difficult, given slicing, short time. but i think that "even if he ran to the exact spot at the wall he probably still can't catch it" is not correct. he overran it badly and it still came within about an inch of the tip of his glove, as seen in linked photo.
i'm a sox fan and i still give thanks this went down the way it did every time i think of the homer. it was pretty lucky. ortiz hit more or less the same ball with the bases loaded in an early game against the cardinals in the following series and beltran caught it.
if tillman's late wiggle avoids missing barrels, does that mean it finds barrels
also they put pelfrey on the DL with an "injury". blankets for everyone! deduno's in. obviously deduno's an auto-start
"Some strong match-up options in the AL this week, highlighted by all four of the guys in this section."
*stops* *counts them again* there's five guys
not enough deduno
hey no hating on matt adams (in the segura blurb). he'd be destroying the league too if the cardinals would play him
oh now they're calling up bauer. neeee-ver mind
it looks to me like kazmir should also get 2 starts next week; cleveland has a doubleheader on monday, with kazmir scheduled for the second game, and then 5 more games the rest of the week, which seems like it should cycle back through everybody. unless they spot start someone, but i haven't seen anything about that and they do have an off day on thursday to get re-set.
"But if there is comfort in the stability these hitters offered, perhaps there is more caution in the bad start of a player like Bautista than I initially thought. Unlike Ellsbury, Bautista was healthy all of April, yet finished with a 634 OPS. Unlike Pujols, the recovery was never complete. Yes, injury played a role, but Bautista also never got fully back on track."
uh. so he had a .634 OPS in april. then in may he had an .894 OPS with 9 homers. june he put up a 1.158 with 14 homers. then he hurt his wrist and missed the entire second half. so, i'm not sure i see what you're seeing here. if that's not fully back on track, i'll take still-partially-off-track bautista on my team any day
raul adalberto mondesi actually is his real name. it seems like big raul has a bit of a george foreman thing going on, with raul mondesi jr and then raul adalberto here.
so, i mean, yes they really ought to go with his playing name to avoid the confusion but it isn't, like, a typo
willingham is interesting because he was such an old rookie. you wonder how much of this is him learning to handle the big leagues in the same way a lot of other players do, just at an older age. a one-man thought experiment in how much of hitting is physical development & eventual decline vs. skills development & learning from experience. the hammer. josh willingham
prospects will break your heart man
christian vazquez in the red sox system has been getting a bit of pop-time hype this spring. give any thought to him for catcher crew or no
i'm in love with the story that they actually took grichuk first just to give the trout scout a heart attack. i don't even care if it's true or not
jason, if you had to choose one level of the minors as representing a real litmus test for hitters, which one would you say
prospects will break your face
wow. one reply agreeing with me, a response from the author that starts with "thanks" and amicably discusses the points i raised, and then i get downvoted below the viewing threshold. this is a fascinating case study in... something
what about matt adams. WHAT ABOUT ALBERTO CABRERA
also the intro says AL East in a place where i think it means NL Central. when editors attak
this really adds context to the hong chih kuo bat flip for me
i agree with you. personally i've been alternating between fausto hernandez and roberto carmona on my own spreadsheets but that probably isn't any less confusing
the chair went through the wall, not just against it. that's what makes it such a good story
was going to say the same thing. probably more revealing about boston's evaluation of sands as a possible 1B solution is the fact that the mike napoli contract has been up in the air for a couple of weeks now and they still had no problem cashing him in for 1/3 of the upgrade from mark melancon to joel hanrahan
ok. well. 2 out of 3 is pretty good. i was going off reports, haven't put eyes on you myself
you're an undersized righty with an uncertain profile
what, no kazmir. is it just because you wrote him up already before
negative one, huh. i guess someone's not a weezer fan
This is beginning to hurt
This is beginning to be serious
It used to be a game
Now it's a cryin' shame
'Cuz you don't wanna play around no more
Sometimes I push too hard
Sometimes you fall and skin your knee
I never meant to do
All that I've done to you
Please, baby, say it's not too late
IIRC no, the players from the minor league phase are just acquired by the new org and that's it. it's kind of like minor league free agency only without the free will
pretty sure, yeah. it's confusing because it almost seems like the sports press has decided to do last-name-first if they're talking about the guy in the context of playing in asia and then switch to western style once he's in the states. but then not always. but generally if you see the two hyphenated names in the romanization that's the given ("first") name. kuo hong-chih, wang chien-ming, lee hak-ju.
then sometimes people don't use the hyphen and it gets even worse.
this is in chinese & korean scenarios, japan's a whole other thing
but for example if you go to his wikipedia page he's referred to as "ryu" throughout, etc.
you know hyun-jin is his first name, right
i was just coming down here to ask why rosenthal was pitching to an angry leopard
"We only ask for that value to be shared with us, in some form. If you don't want to use stars (in order to make your own mark) then user numbers. Or letters. Or something."
i think that value was shared with you in a form called words
i've seen that alberto cabrera is supposedly going to go back to starting games at iowa to start next year. curious if you think that has any chance of working, also curious about his current horoscope in general
baseball website worlds colliding
vogelbach actually got in 6 AZL games last season. so these aren't technically his first 15 pro games. just sayin
can you tell us what the adjustment actually was or is that a secret
i have to admit i'm still a little bit skeptical of this pervasive idea that short dudes (stroman) "don't have the frame to handle a 200 inning workload", or whatever. maybe it's true, but i'm not sure why it'd have to be.
a lot of times the argument is "how many 5'9" starting pitchers do you see in the big leagues". but how many 5'9" dudes have come out of college throwing the ball like stroman and then failed? can't think of many of those either. a lot of people said the same stuff about lincecum.
if you're short that makes it physically more difficult to throw the ball super fast in the first place. but once you've demonstrated that you're an exception, why should being short make you super tired? higher effort? maybe. and i get the fastball-plane issue. still, sometimes i'm like, why.
well, they wouldn't really have to maintain all of it to be good, would they? melky won't hit .360 but he's not a fluke either; pagan can hit enough, and blanco's been doing what he's doing since spring training. the overarching point is, the outfield isn't really the stagnant part of the giants offense. the problem is the middle infield, the injured panda and first base. i guess they could play kieschnick over belt, maybe.
you're just trolling for sarcastic minuses. well i won't give you the satisfaction, hoot. if that really is your name
advertising looks and chops a must.
no BIG HAIR!!
hits mean a lot
when hits are bought
and so are you
fakes right down to the practice field
your attention and fame's a correa
them say, what can wrong, do
also, why is it always your eyes. it seems like your ears are also a good source. the ball just SOUNDS different coming off this guy's bat, etc. etc.
even your nose, for certain prospects, could be a source
often i wonder, what COULD wrong
sure but kevin would be providing that info to all readers at the same time, instead of all 2.2 billion BP subscribers each spending 2.9 seconds looking it up ourselves. so it'd actually save 6.4 billion seconds minus however long it takes kevin to do it.
you didn't put what jace peterson actually did last night
evan gattis. the tom wilhelmsen of bat-first catchers
when does samardzija start getting mentioned with this group. seems like his transition might actually be going the best of all of them right now. crow's already been 86'd back to the pen, bard and chapman seem like they're not far behind
i know you don't consider NPB crossovers prospects but i'm curious what you think about aoki, if anything
editor strikes! you say jacobs lacks the arm for right but then his perfect world projection is star-level right fielder. i think you mean left fielder, unless what makes that world perfect is that dudes' arms spontaneously improve there
no rhee at all, huh
sure well the original guy said "provide them" bodyguards so that's what i was thinking. i know ramos may not be a technical millionaire yet but if you adjust for venezuelan inflation he kind of is anyway, as you say. i was using it more as a generalized colloquial expression for "dude who has a lot more money than most of the people around him" & addressing the more general case of big leaguers in poor countries
yeah, honestly, at this point, if i was a millionaire ballplayer who had family in venezuela and wanted to keep living there, i don't really think 24-hour bodyguards would take that much joy out of anything...
well, maybe it'd make him cranky and motivate him, since some of the other quotes you see make that sound like it might be an issue. but point taken.
if his arm's so good maybe they should try him as a pitcher and *then* he'd be better than dan cortes
yeah what is this 'cepedes' stuff, get it together
not sure i agree with it though. i mean KG hears from scouts, so i'd be curious to know what he's hearing. and all the superstar stuff is clearly out the window at this point. but it really sounds like the mariners still expect him to play in the big leagues. i've seen direct quotes from their player development people along the lines of, if he plays himself off SS, it'll be in the majors.
he was on at least a mildly encouraging run of showing improved power at AA early in the year, and i saw a few reports that he'd improved his swing and was still showing good bat speed. plus sometimes broken legs take a long time to come all the way back from.
i'm not even a mariners fan. i just - i mean i'm not saying he should be top 5 or something, but dropping him below dan cortes... i dunno. i guess he's looking more like alberto callaspo than a-rod these days, but still. dan cortes.