Wil Myers was also one of (if not) the youngest guy in AAA. Him destroying that league at his age is impressive. His main strengths as an offensive player are his power and patience. He sees tons of pitches which leads to higher K-rates. His ability to barrel the baseball is second to none in the minors.
But we have no pitcher for the future. Pineda would be that guy, but who knows.
i would disagree with that. Your right we don't have a guaranteed ace of the future but we have an absolute ton of young pitching talent with elite ceiling. Pineda who knows but at worst he'll end up as a very solid back end guy like Ejax. Nova still has the same stuff he had when he couldn't lose. He hit a very rough patch in the 2nd half of last yr which is not uncommon for pitchers in their 2nd yr. Banuelos is out with an injury but he;s still only 21 with AAA experience and will be 23 when he returns. I wouldn't give up on a LHer with that kind of stuff thats still so young. After those guys we have alot of very good pitchers starting about AA. A few of them like, Depaula, Campos and others have front of the rotation talent. Hope our new MILB pitching director can do for us what he did in OAK
Originally Posted by YEDB90
I dont know if I could handle Swisher here for another 4 years...but there really is no viable replacement
4yrs/44m is a steal for Swisher and would be hard to turn down for the Yanks but i think their dead set on going in a different direction. Tyler Austin played some in AA last yr and if continues to hit like he has at every level IMO theirs a descent chance he gets a shot at the RF job in ST of 2014. The kid can flat hit and is a average to above average RFer. I would hate to block Austin for 4 yrs with Swisher. Along with Austin we have 3-4 other really good OF prospects that finished last yr in high A
Then again the majority of prospects never pan out
as far as next yr IMO the Grandy situation is probably going to dictate what they are going to do with the rest of the off season. If their able to trade his 15m in salary i could see them use that money being used to jump in and sign Hamilton. I was told from a very reliable source and have read that the Yanks are keeping close tabs on the Hamilton situation. I highle doubt Josh ends up here but u never know
I don't mind the Ichiro signing, he played very well for us at the end of next yr and will probably be pretty good for us again next yr. I would have really liked to see them have signed someone with more power but the market for OFer money wise is rediculous as is the trade market for any thing but a salary dump
Not crazy about Youk at 3rd base but again their aren't alot of options.
As far as catcher i don't understand for the life of me what their doing. Romine would be fine if he had been healthy last yr but he wasn't. I just don't see Cervelli and Stewart working out well.
For our DH spot i would be call the Twins and seeing what it would take to get Morneau. He's got 1 yr left on his deal and the Twins aren't close to contending. They might be willing to dump him for a descent prospect or 2
Granderson will probably not be dealt... simply because the only way we'd deal him is if we could get Upton or Hamilton and the chances of that happening right now are slim to none.
Ichiro was the best we could do with what we had to spend. Ichiro will do well for us, more than people are actually giving him credit for. For his age, he will do better than you think.
Nobody's happy with the 3B situation but guess what?...its all on ARod and nobody else. So signing Youkilis, a guy that loves NY and thrives in situations like we have would not be a bad thing, especially considering the alternatives. I'd love to have him here, the only question is - how durable will he be for us?
I already mentioned my stance on Catching above - I don't see them going into camp with Stewart as the primary.. i just don't see it!
I think we will end up with Hairston if the Muts dont get him back first.
Also - Chris Dickerson could be a key guy if somehow we get in a pinch for OF help but remember - he's a lefty so it all depends!
Thank god - Andruw Jones is about to sign with Rakuten in Japan lol.. albeit for $3.5M!