Re: Will Middlebrooks
posted at 12/26/2013 10:20 AM EST
In response to tomnev's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
The Boston Red Sox won a World Series with Middlebrooks playing 3B. What is it about Middlebrooks that seems to be a lighting rod for you. Do you feel the need to be the authority on his ability? Or is it simply a case where you feel the need to play the role of the unbiased evaluator of Red Sox prospects.
i get that The kids has some work to do but he also has some pretty good raw tools and one of them is something you're born with. That's the ability to hit a baseball 450 feet. He's hardly a butcher at third and if given the opportunity to play has demonstrated that he possesses the work ethic and the drive to improve. While he'll never be in the elite class of major league third baseman. That doesn't mean he can't be a very solid big league player.
End of the day the kid is still just 25 and has already shown flashes of his potential upside. Perhaps he will fall short and like all of us find himself out of the game and looking for a real job. In the meantime I personnaly don't like to put limits on a player until they prove they can't and in this case Middlebrooks is far from a has been...
My point was that a team does not need an All Star at every position to be successful.
Merry Christmas. I wish you (and Will Middlebrooks) the very best in the new year.
Merry Christmas to you too hill, I wish you good health and success in the new year. Pardon me if i somehow couldn't or didn't gleen your point out of your previous post. I have great respect for your knowledge of the game and you're one of the top poster that contribute to this board. My general feeling is that you tend to always point out the negatives and rarely speak to the potential for Midlebrooks to improve. I would say his body of work is still incomplete a due to injuries that have prevented him from finding his swing and staying consistent. 2014 Imho is the year he proves one way or the other that he's capable of being an everyday player at the big league level (whether that's with the Sox or not).
Thanks Bean for your posts.....you were more eloquent then me in making the point of my OP.....2014 is a big year for Wil and I think it would be crazy for the Sox not to give him the opportunity to show what he can be by bringing back Drew and sending him to AAA for insurance....or trading him....he is one of those guys that when traded will end up hitting 40 hrs somewhere else. I find it interesting that posters are still in their staked out positions....he K's too much...his OBP is horrible....he can't play defense....etc......We as fans are always so excited about that next big prospect.....Boegaarts....Cecchini....but we forget that Wil Middlebrooks was out Top rated Prospect 3 years ago......so much so that he displaced a fan favorite in Youk and had us not resign another favorite in Beltre...and now after 169 games.....in which his stats overall are more than average,,,,we are ready to toss him aside for the next great thing. As I sated in my original post....I predict a very big year from him, if they give him the everyday job
Happy holiday Tom,
I appreciate your kind words. I too think that Middlebrooks has the raw tools to be a very solid major league player. Not unlike when they promoted Pedrioa and let him work through a rough patch to begin his now Hof worthy career.
My general feeling is that if the Sox aren't ready and willing to hand the position to Middlebrooks and commit to him as the every day third baseman. In fairness to the kid, they should trade him to a club that will, there's little to gain sending him back to AAA. It all comes down to where they see Bogaerts playing long term. If he's now or they see him as the 3rd baseman of the future given his upside I'd be fine with them trading Middlebrooks.