Vanbiesbrouck wrote:WooHoo! A team with overpaid veterans on short contracts that has a great team at the highest minor league level and should be in great shape in about 3 years!
The only difference is that we have young guys who are pusing these stop-gaps. We're not rusing anyone to the big leagues.
You got Eldred, who is just fine-tuning his swing; learning some plate discipline before he takes over at 1B.
People forget that Bautisa lost a year of development, so the fact that he's just getting reps before he takes over is fine with me. Guys like Randa will probably take a platoon role to be able to settle down in a place they like. I got a feeling Casey will do the same after this year. If Casey is able to teach Eldred just half of the plate discipline that he has, Eldred will be a top 1B in the league.
I'm supprised they're going to keep McLouth up. I think its great. His defense isn't as great as Duffy's but his bat has been awesome. Where do you hit him though? Hes not a leadoff hitter, but i'm assuming thats where they'll put him. Ideally, I'd like to see Sanchez lead off but there is no where for him to play in the field. If Jack doesn't find his bat this year, by mid season you gotta trade him for some pitching and insert Sanchez in at SS. Have him lead off with McLouth at CF batting 2nd, Burnitz-Bay-Casey-Doumit-Castillo-Randa.
Also, I feel bad for Duckworth. He did everything to be in this rotation but because of Santos' roster situation, he was sent down. If we were to send Santos down to AAA, he would have been returned to the Royals because he was a rule 5 pickup. Say after the first month, Santos sucks, who gets called up? Do you bring up Burnett or do you bring up Duckworth?
Regardless, we've got some depth this year. It has been nice knowing who will be your starters comming into spring training. I'm looking for a 3rd place finish from our Buccos. Its going to be (in this order) Cards-Stros-Pirates-Brewers-Cubs-Reds.