Re: Bogaerts or Middlebrooks?
posted at 10/23/2013 11:50 AM EDT
In response to The4040club's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Interesting stat, Bogaerts walk rate has gone up at every single level he has played.....and he just turned 21.
He's not a top prospect because he has 8 power, he's probably more of a 20-25 HR guy (although some think he has the potential to have 30+ in his prime years) He's a top prospect because he's a .300 hitter he's going to get on base above a .400 clip and he plays a premium position and has shown positional versatility.
I normally agree with not putting a rookie in the spotlight, but it's not like he hasn't been playing baseball his whole life, he's a rookie to the big show but he's a veteran in the game of baseball and as I said in my last post not all rookies are created equal. Bogaerts breaks the mold, he's special, he's a cut above the rest...and I wouldn't be surprised if he has a monster series.
He's one of the most talented hitters on our team, has a rare skill set and most importantly St. Louis probably has less scouting on him that ANYONE.
you got all that from just one homer in the majors? Or possibly you are basing your predictions on the generic minor league pitching he faced. I'd probably go with the guy who has more homers this year, that would be middy.
I got it because I'm fascinated and obsessed with minor league baseball and red sox prospects in general. Between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Pawtucket paw sox I catch well over a dozen games a year. Every once in a blue moon I even travel down to Greenville and catch a game. I read baseball america, minour league ball, soxprospects, I follow Badler, sickels, Mayo, Law, all of the Sox prospects staff and many more on twitter. i can practically recite to you the top 100 from various sources.
So NOOO I'm not basing this on ONE homerun. I'm basing it on the fact that Bogaerts is the most elite talent to come into Bostons system since Hanley Ramirez with maybe even more potential....he's effectively been HanRam with a better attitude and more of a work ethic, he's an elite talent that has had almost ZERO adjustment time at every level of baseball in his LIFE and here he is doing it yet again at the top level having just turned 21.
What is WMB? he has one year of MLB under his belt but he's been very up and down and streaky. I'm a huge supporter of WMB and hope he is our full time 3Bman next year from start to finish....but you HAVE to put Bogaerts in this lineup anyway you can.