Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
posted at 5/20/2012 2:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
[QUOTE]Middlebrooks has got to be impressing teams around the league. Both from a numbers perspective and from a scouts perspective. He looks the part at 3rd. Sometimes it's better to "look" good than to "be" good and Middlebrooks seems to both look and be good. Comparisons to a young Scott Rolen are worth a lot around the league. If anything, Middlebrooks appears to have legit 3rd base power. Look at all the guys teams are hoping will do well, even at 1st, like Smoak, LaPorta....etc. Middlebrooks looks like he has legit 1st base power. He could be a heck of a find. If he turns out to be for real and Ellsbury and Crawford come back strong at some point, compare our lineup to any team in the league. We have a surplus of offensive talent if we are healthy.
Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]
I really think Youk & DMac will be the odd men out. I wonder if the Sox will give Youk a legitimate chance to play everyday, even if just to showcase him for a deadline trade.
If everyone is healthy, we have a lot of legitimate MLB players:
3 Cs: Salty, Shopp & Lava
2 1B: AGon & Gomez/Lars
1 2B: Pedey & Ciriaco
2 3B: Youk & Middlebrooks
2 SS: Aviles & Iggy
4 LF: CC, Ross, DMac & Nava
2 CF: Ellsbury & Byrd
1 RF: Sweeney
1 DH: Ortiz
This is 19 guys for 13 slots. Gomez, Anderson, Iggy, & Lavarnway can safely stay in AAA, and DMac and/or Byrd could be dealt or DFA'd to leave us with a solid and deep 13, but that would leave us with a bunch of poor fielding OF'ers (CC, Ross & Nava) all best suited for LF. Perhaps Nava will be sent back down and Byrd will stay.
If Bailey and Dice-K return to form, and everyone is healthy,we really have too many mediocre pitchers for the last slots on the staff:
3- 100% sure 25-man roster pitchers if healthy:
Beckett, Lester & Aceves
6- Close to 100% sure 25-man roster pitchers:
Bailey, Bard, Buch, Doubront, Morales, R Hill
8- Mediocre bottom of the pen pitchers:
Matsusaka, Atchison, Mortensen, Tazawa, Albers, Padilla, Miller & Melancon
6- Projects/Gambles of prospects perhaps ready for MLB:
Cook, Germano, Duckworth, Mathis, Olendorf, Wilson
If Dice-K makes the 25-man roster, that gives us 10 pitchers. That leaves 7 Mediocre pitchers and 6 projects left to fight for 2-3 slots. While it's true "you can never have too much pitching", I don't think that applies to "too many" mediocre pitchers fighting for a couple of spots.
I'd like to see us try and find a way to deal a few of these guys for a much better upgrade giving us 11 solid pitchers and maybe 7 guys fighting for 1-2 slots instead of 10 solid and 13 fighting for the last 2-3 slots.