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    Zack Walters SS for Cabby.


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    Zach Walters (SS) from the Nationals coming back for Asdrubal, according to Nick Camino (WTAM)

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    That doesn't make sense does it? Don't we want Lindor up here at SS?

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    Currently hitting .205 for the Nats in limited action.

    Looks like he has some pop in his bat (15 HR 48 RBI in AAA this year before his call-up).

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    Lindor not ready for MLB action yet. Next year...hopefully. Will probably get a September call-up (this year), but not going to be up here before then barring something bizarre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruzor12 View Post
    That doesn't make sense does it? Don't we want Lindor up here at SS?
    Has played OF, 3B and 2B as well.

    6. Zach Walters
    Bats: Both, Throws: Right
    Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 210 lb.
    Born: September 5, 1989 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, US (Age 24)
    Draft: 9th Round, 2010 Arizona

    Walters is finally enjoying wider recognition as a top prospect following his breakout 2013 season with the Syracuse Chiefs. He tore the cover off the ball, racking up 252 total bases and tying Mauro Gomez for the International League home run title.
    Walters was a well-regarded prospect during his college career at San Diego, batting .312/.367/.437 in three seasons. He ended on a somewhat sour note though in 2010, watching his batting average fall to .245 after batting .377 as a sophomore in 2009. As a result, scouts cooled on him and he fell to the ninth round, where the Diamondbacks selected him. He put together a strong start to his pro career, batting .302 with four home runs and 26 extra-base hits in 275 at bats in 2010, and then following with a .302/.377/.485 triple-slash line with the Southbend Silver Hawks to open 2011. His performance was largely overlooked, but he still drew enough attention from Nationals’ scouts to get included in the Jason Marquis trade that summer.
    Since arriving in Washington, Walters has become a favorite of the organization for his work ethic, athleticism and coachable personality. He spends his offseasons honing his game in winter ball, playing well in Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in 2012 before posting a .240/.321/.440 in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2013. He’s developed and filled out his once long and lithe frame with a lean muscle, and he has hit with much more power over the past couple of seasons.
    After the Nationals Major League coaching staff urged him to hit with a more upright stance and tap into his power during spring training 2012, he’s re-discovered himself at the plate. He’s a much more dangerous hitter know, using an aggressive approach and his uncanny hand strength to lace balls with authority pitch after pitch. Naturally right-handed, Walters was a much better right-handed hitter earlier in his career, but now the switch-hitter has become a slugger from the left side of the plate. He carried the power he flashed during his stint with Harrisburg Senators in 2012 much more consistently with the Chiefs in 2013, putting a charge into nearly every ball he put into play. He hit 25 of his 29 homers with his tall, pull-oriented left-handed cut.
    Walters is a big kid, with a long but powerful frame. He’s committed himself to grueling strength and endurance building exercise routines. His build is a mixture of power and athleticism, which gives him the opportunity to hit with power and field at a high level at shortstop in spite of his atypical size for the position. His upper-body has a high waist and sloped shoulders, steel pipe forearms and massive hands. His long legs are powerful, giving him a great base and outstanding balance in his swing and in the field. He has room to add more power, though more size will start to shorten his range in the field.
    Walters is a good hitter from both sides of the plate. He has developed exceptional power from the left side, to go with an already thunderous right-handed swing. Despite his upright stance, he sees the ball well and is able to make hard contact on the outer half of the plate as well as down by his knees when batting left-handed. He’s not a dead pull hitter either, and is comfortable going straight away and even to left-center with his lefty swing. His power comes to all fields too, showing plus to his pull-side and to center, but also more than enough to loft pitches on the outer half. He’s very quick inside, and it’s difficult for opposing pitchers to exploit the hole under his hands. When he’s batting right-handed, his stance is still slightly different. He uses his leg and hand strength more with a quicker, more violent stroke that uses space to center and right field to rack up extra-base hits
    Walters changed his approach to be more aggressive and hit with more power. As a result, his batting average has dropped from the plus range to fringe-average. He’s never been a disciplined, on-base guy either. He doesn’t see a lot of pitches during his at bats, and his willingness to extend and hit with power on the outer half can get him to trouble against crafty pitchers. He has the hitting tools and switch-hitting prowess to eek his average and on-base percentage to the MLB-average level with more development, while also keeping his above-average power. But now that he’s heading into his mid 20′s, it’s a stretch to project him to grow plate discipline that he’s not showing now. His impressive plate vision, which makes him very quick on pitches he likes, should help his pitch selectivity.
    In the field, Walters is a mixed bag. He has a cannon arm that allows him to make any throw at shortstop and third base, and he shows nice extension and balance when moving to his glove side. At the same time, his size is becoming a stretch for shortstop, and his long legs and high waist give him a naturally higher center of gravity. His exceptional balance allows him to play low and move smoothly in and on plays to his glove side, but he doesn’t have the lightest feet or the flexibility to consistently make low, glove-side plays. His exceptional arm does make up for his so-so quickness and range, as he’s able to get carry and mustard on the ball while fading away from his target. He also turns the 4-6-3 double-play smoothly, with nice lateral footwork. The total package indicates a solid-average shortstop with more polish. He made too many errors last season, so he’ll have to sure-up his hands and work on his throw accuracy before he can be trusted with extended play at short in the big leagues.
    Walters’s power is legitimate, but his approach will determine the kind of hitter he is ultimately. He has the tools to be a solid fielding shortstop with 20+ home run power, plenty of extra-base hits and enough batting average to make the power useful. If his plate discipline comes along, he could post a .260-.270 batting average and an average on-base percentage. If it doesn’t, he might have to abandon his big cut for a more contact-oriented swing to stay in the lineup everyday. Regardless, he has an exciting profile and he’s a great teammate. The Nationals will give him some reps as one of the club’s utility infielders in 2014, and he could be a member of the 25-man roster by the summer.


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    Sounds like his arm could allow him to develop at 3B. Probably best overall prospect they could have received for the rental Cabby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ottograham14 View Post
    Sounds like his arm could allow him to develop at 3B. Probably best overall prospect they could have received for the rental Cabby.
    That is what I am thinking as well. Still... would have liked to add a good prospect arm to develop moving forward. Definitely would love some power and a 30+ HR guy as well... Maybe he can do it. Asdrubal needed to go regardless, we all knew that back in the winter. Another "something for a guy who would leave for nothing" situation...

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    AAAAAANNNNNDDDDDDDDDDD...the Tigers appear to be leading in the pursuit of David Price...the rich keep seeming to to get richer!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruzor12 View Post
    That is what I am thinking as well. Still... would have liked to add a good prospect arm to develop moving forward. Definitely would love some power and a 30+ HR guy as well... Maybe he can do it. Asdrubal needed to go regardless, we all knew that back in the winter. Another "something for a guy who would leave for nothing" situation...
    Sounds like Washington was planning on him being a utility guy as of 2012 but then his bat developed more in 2013 so they tried finding an everyday position for him but now he has digressed so could just end up being a quality depth guy with the tribe. Either way sounds like the best hitter they could have got for him. Doubt anyone was going to give up quality pitching for Cabby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by browniebuck View Post
    AAAAAANNNNNDDDDDDDDDDD...the Tigers appear to be leading in the pursuit of David Price...the rich keep seeming to to get richer!!!
    Ive heard 5 teams in the last 20 in regards to Price. First Dodgers and Pirates, then Tigers and Mariners and now the Yankees are said to be in the mix. I think Tampa saw what Oakland gave for Lester and is trying to push Price for a ransom now.

    Oh well Price is off playing golf thinking the deadline was yesterday anyways.


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    The 24-year-old Walters entered the season as Washington’s No. 14 prospect, per Baseball America. He received a brief promotion to the Majors but didn’t capitalize on his time there, hitting just .205/.279/.462 in 43 plate appearances. While he did belt three homers, he also whiffed 16 times in that small sample. BA praised his raw power but questioned his plate discipline and noted a high number of seemingly careless throwing errors. While he has a chance to stick at shortstop with some offensive upside, BA feels he likely profiles as a utility infielder that can fill in at various positions.
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    Over $19 million coming off the books...does it go into "Mr." Dolan's pocket or will he spend it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by browniebuck View Post
    Over $19 million coming off the books...does it go into "Mr." Dolan's pocket or will he spend it?
    Indians are apparently paying the remainder of Drubs contract.

    2:32pm: The Indians are paying the entirety of the $3.33MM remaining on Cabrera’s deal, tweets MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, who says that Cleveland is very high on walters.


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    Cleveland paying the ENTIRE $3.3 remaining on Cabrera's deal??? WTF???

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