Prospect Showdown: Mike Moustakas vs. Brett Wallace

by Chuck

Tale of the Tape:

Age: Wallace, 23, turns 24 on August 26th. Moustakas, 21, turns 22 on September 11th.

Height/Weight: (listed), Wallace, 6′1″, 245. Moustakas 6′0″, 195.

Bats/Throws: Both players are lefty, righty.

Position(s): Wallace was a third baseman in college and his first two seasons as a professional. He has since been moved to first base. Moustakas was a high school shortstop who was moved to third base after being drafted, where he remains.

Resume:

Wallace: Two time PAC 10 Triple Crown winner while at Arizona State, first round pick (13th overall) of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 draft. Career .305/28/99 numbers in 192 minor league games heading into 2010 season.

Moustakas: California High School Player of the Year in 2007, first round pick (second overall) of the Kansas City Royals in the 2007 draft. Career .262/38/168 in 266 minor league games as of 2009 season.

Offense:

Wallace has a solid, well balanced set-up which allows for a level swing regardless of where the pitch is in the strikezone. He recognizes pitches well and trusts his hands enough to make adjustments during the swing without losing effectiveness. Wallace has a stocky build with a low center which prevents him from getting on top of the ball and creating the top spin necessary to be a consistent homerun threat. Wallace has an inside out swing (leads with his hands) which allows him to use the whole field, but will also leave him susceptible to pitches on the inside half.

Moustakas, like Wallace, has a low center, but doesn’t rely on his hands as much so he should hit more homers in the majors. He is advanced for his age in his ability to recognize situations and set up pitchers to his advantage. He probably won’t be a high walk guy but won’t strike out much either. He sometimes leads too early in his stride and if he guesses wrong can look bad but seems to have found a solution as he led the Midwest League in all Triple Crown categories before his call up to Triple A shortly after the All-Star break.

Defense:

Moustakas gets the edge here because, as a former shortstop, he has the hands and footwork to handle third base. He lost some weight during the off-season which has helped his agility and lateral movement. Wallace is bigger which makes it more difficult to move around, he’s been described as “stiff” and “fixed.” Wallace has no trouble making the play on balls he gets to, but his range is below average and he doesn’t have the arm to compensate.

Intangibles:

Neither player runs well, they have 19 career stolen bases between them in over 400 career minor league games, with Moustakas having 18 of them. If Moustakas keeps his weight under control he could be at least an average major league third baseman, if not, he has the arm strength to handle a corner outfield spot. Even if Wallace can stay on top of his weight he is lacking in other areas making his recent move to first base a permanent one.

Projection:

Both players are “bad body” guys who will have to work alot harder than most of their teammates to stay in shape. A serious lower body injury to either of them could be a career ender. At the time of their respective drafting it was the consensus both of them, specifically Wallace, could eventually win a batting title. It seems more likely now that won’t be the case, although they should both be close to the .300 mark with alot of doubles but with fewer homers than projected, low to mid 20’s would be reasonable totals for both players. Moustakas will strike out more but also walk more.

It concerns me Wallace has been traded three times since being drafted, including the last two by organizations with a poor record of developing players and in need of the type of bat potential Wallace has. Now that he is in a weak division and a hitters park, Wallace’s numbers may surpass Moustakas’, at least initially, but they should be taken to being more park affect than ability.

Conclusion:

The Royals have a slew of up and coming young players with high offensive ceilings which alleviates Moustakas from having to be an offensive savior right out of the gate. He can progress naturally and simultaneously with his teammates without the pressure he would face alone. Which is exactly the spot Wallace finds himself in. Houston’s lineup is devoid of any offensive threat, save Hunter Pence, and have no one in the minor leagues with Wallace’s potential, which will force him into the middle of the lineup far earlier than he would, or should, be.

I see both players having relatively short careers, probably not much more than twelve years or so. Depending on how they adjust and what their performance levels have been, they easily could add three or four years to that amount as a designated hitter. I don’t foresee either being an All-Star caliber player, although Wallace may be “gifted” an appearance or two just because of the overall lack of quality players in Houston’s systems.

Given the choice between the two, I would take Moustakas just because of his athleticism and versatility.

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51 Responses to “Prospect Showdown: Mike Moustakas vs. Brett Wallace”

  1. Mike Felber Says:

    Chuck, why does a low center of gravity mean it is harder to get on top of the ball & create top spin? So a player with more mass in his upper body has an advantage here?

  2. Chuck Says:

    Because they’re shorter and stockier, it’s harder for them to swing on a more level plane. Just the nature of their body types forces them to swing up more than they should.

    That’s what I was referring to when talking about Moustakas’ habit of hitting off his front side, he’s trying to compensate, or “cheat” on pitches so to have a better chance of driving the ball.

    It’s not so much mass as it is height.

    There have been alot of shorter guys who were successful, but not many who were successful POWER hitters.

  3. Raul Says:

    For some reason, when reading this article I thought about Ty Wigginton.

  4. ThomasWayne Says:

    Chuck,

    I caught a Naturals game about a month ago and Moustakas looks like the real deal. He doubled once or twice and drove in a pair in a Naturals beat down of Corpus Christi (by the way, didn’t know this until I got there, Koby Clemens plays for the Hooks).
    Anyway, yes, Moustakas is a bit short, but man could he stroke (at least at Double A).
    Of course, I like Wallace as well. We shall see who (if not both) become the studs they were drafted to be.
    TW

  5. ThomasWayne Says:

    Clearly that should be “Can” stroke….
    TW

  6. Mike Felber Says:

    I recall that all the guys who got to 500 HRs before big Mac averaged around exactly 6′0″. Guys like Ott, Mantle & Mays were well under 6′. Were these gyuys forced to swing up more? Does that mean that unless you are tall, you are prone to pop the ball up?

  7. Chuck Says:

    “Were these gyuys forced to swing up more? Does that mean that unless you are tall, you are prone to pop the ball up?”

    Yes, and yes.

    Mays, Mantle and Ott are the only members of the 500 club under six feet.

    The only one who truly uppercutted the ball was Mantle, Mays was pretty level and Ott played in a bandbox, at least where his power was concerned.

  8. Cameron Says:

    And yet guys who are really tall (Tony Clark did a bit on MLB Network talking about how batters who are 6′7″ish like him approach hitting and I was amazed he could hit at all. I’d take a short hitter over a tall hitter any day.

    Hosmer is gonna be some sweet lineup protection for Moose too. I thought Hosmer had little power when I saw him in A-ball (7 HR in 87 games), but when he got promoted to double A, he’s got 9 homers in 37 games. A lot of the 29 doubles he hit in Wilmington would be homers now, so he looks good. About the same as Billy Butler, probably better.

    Wil Myers looks great too, and is hitting for an average that’s way above what I expected of him. On the season, he’s hitting .323 and he’s going for .385 in Wilmington right now. I like our future.

  9. Cameron Says:

    Also, I just noticed Moustakas and I share the same birthday, he’s just two years older than me.

  10. Hartvig Says:

    Hack Wilson was only 5′ 6″ & held the single season home run record in the National League for longer than Babe Ruth held the record in the American League. He was only an above average player for about 6 years however.

  11. Raul Says:

    “exception to the rule”

  12. Hartvig Says:

    Also Mantle was 5′ 11″ & Mays was 5′ 10″. I wouldn’t call that well under 6 feet tall exactly. At 5′ 9″ Mel Ott might qualify.

  13. Mike Felber Says:

    I have seen mantle & Mays listed as 5′10.5. It is likely that when we see varying heights, the shorter one is accurate, as men & athletes have vanity & value height & it is an irrational status thing. What is “well under” is a judgment call. Butr if you are 2″ under a round #, that is not at all close, so I would say at least 5′10″ is “well under”.

    I thought of Killebrew right away. Only on B-R will you see him listed as 6′, he is clearly shorter. And amongst post-Big Mac 500 HR men, Sheffield is listed at 5′11″. Many other members of the club are listed at 6′, though if anything guys are prone to round up to that #. Even including the more recent entrants, a small % are even listed as over 6′2″, & being over 6′1″ is not very uncommon. So being (more than slightly) tall does not appear to be a big factor.

    What does “stocky” mean? if it just refers to bulk, or even natural bulk, Jackson, Fox, Mantle, Killer, Wilson…were amongst those likely helped by bulk. If it refers to short limbs, it is hard to know exactly since having more muscle makes your limbs look shorter, but these guys did not have long limbs. Either way, they appear stocky. If “low center of gravity” means more mass in their lower body-well, that could mean something. These guys tended to be evenly developed. Do Wallace & Moustakas have thick lower bodies & relatively puny upper bodies? Though much power is generated from the hips…

    It is similar to our swing discussion. I know you felt it was too detailed to list here Chuck, but I have never heard nor observed in a clip that a normal (& Home run) swing is downward, then goes up after contact. Likewise, i just cannot see how any permutation of the build you meant makes it tough to get on top of the ball, making them swing “up” too much. It would seem that if this is true, these guys would not only have fewer ground outs, but many balls hit high, & not too far (since if you have too much of an uppercut with teh same energy, your distance will be more vertical than horizontal…

    Raul, help me out here. Am I being very dense, or are there some wrong assumptions about types of bodies & swings that yield power efficacy? I do recall a physicist writing that being extremely tall, like 7′, tall, could supply the leverage to hit the ball the furthest. BUT: if there is an additional leverage advantage to be taller in one way, might there not be other factors mitigating against the very tall hitting for the furthest distance? Mantle, Killer & Dick Allen were something under 6′, others like Foxx no more than 6′, & even WITHOUT steroids hit about as far, & in the case of Mantle maybe further, than anyone. Would great basketball & volleyball players hit as far, or further, if trained as fully in batting as a typical 6′1″ slugger? This applies to pitcher velocity too.

  14. Mike Felber Says:

    I should clarify that most of the 500 club guys are 6′1″ & under. And before big Mac & many ‘roid guys, the average member was about exactly 6′, & around 190 lbs.

  15. Mike Felber Says:

    Looking at various swing videos, mostly on youtube, my firm conclusion is only that you could go clinically insane with all the contradictory instructions & comments (denigrating the instructors) on videos. Rotational, torque & linear swinging “styles”. Battles Royale about what should move when, & how far or at what angle from the body, do you “squish the bug”, how to “load” & release power, confusion about what is most significant…It seems to me that there is a major question: which elements of a swing are O.K. to vary due to it being a harmless individual variation, & which are core elements of proper form for an effective swing. And does it VARY based upon the kind & velocity of pitches thrown?

    Well it is humbling that something so basic & quick, that we all have done so many times, can be so hard to pin down to a consensus exact science. Here is 1 that seems to show what seems so basic to me-there may be a confusion between the way the hands & bat move re: swinging “down” before contact.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5DmwT68dZ8&feature=related

    But at this point I am confused enough that if someone told me that a good swing necessitates moving the arms up & down 12-17 times while bouncing between legs then crouch, leap & do a supersonic speed vibrating 360 until clanking the knees together upon contact & following through by immediately reversing the swing…

    I might consider it true! ;-)

  16. Raul Says:

    Well,

    I haven’t really thought about it much, but it would seem to make sense that taller players are more likely to hit for more power. As far as hitting more homers in a career…there’s too many variables for one to just look at height.

    I think we could agree, however, that taller players are likely to hit the ball farther than shorter players.

    It’s really confusing to explain. The way to hit homers isn’t to get under the ball, it’s to get on top of the ball…I know that doesn’t seem to make sense but I think Chuck can explain. Speaking simplistically, it’s easier for taller players to get on top of the ball.

    To me, it’s about popping the hips. But it’s very hard to do without bailing on outside pitches or sliders, so it takes a very disciplined player to generate that kind of power and still hit for average.

    I think taller guys don’t have to rely on their hips as much because naturally they’re coming down with the hammer and that provides power too. But shorter guys really need to explode from the hip to generate any kind of power. Ever see Dustin Pedroia hit a homer? He’s damn near spinning out of the box, about to fall over when he hits one.

  17. Brautigan Says:

    If a baseball card says someone is 6′1, then they really are 5′11.

  18. Mike Felber Says:

    Well thank you, but for whatever reason, maybe that they need to swing harder to hit it more often, some of the very hardest hitters have been under 6′-Mantle, Killer, Allen-& others just at 6′ Foxx. All these but Killer may have hit it further than anyone else but Ruth, when this was measured, & obviously all clean. Bill Jenkinson’s studies, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Allen. Maybe a taller guy mainly tend to have longer arms, so can reach some pitchers more easily.

  19. Raul Says:

    If you take an axe, and hold it up and swing down, gravity is helping you and you don’t really have to put forth much effort with your body to cut something.

    Now if the axe is at your feet, and you try to swing it upwards, it’s very difficult to do, and you find yourself twisting to generate the necessary speed/power to cut effectively.

    Now who do you think would have an easier time chopping down a tree? A man who’s 5′6 or a man who’s 6′5?

    Similar with baseball.

  20. Mike Felber Says:

    I can see that Raul. The question is, is there a point of diminishing or no returns? After you reach a certain limb length-obviously someone 4′10″ would have more trouble than someone 5′6″, & the Hack Wilson’s are the exception at 5′6″: IF a very tall person, 6′5″ or over 7′0″, had everything else equal in abilities & effort, will they hit it further? Are there things about being esp. tall that make it tougher to hit well, even if there is more absolute potential?

  21. Chuck Says:

    Mike,

    I respect your intelligence, but in this case I find you guilty of over-analysis.

    A hitter stands in the batters box with the bat over his back shoulder, and finishes his swing with the bat over his front shoulder.

    How did it get there?

    A six foot batter is facing a six foot pitcher. Considering the mound, the pitcher is now 6′10″. He is throwing the ball downhill to someone the same size as he is.

    If a batter swings up on an object moving down, the result will lead to an exagerrated result..a popup.

    Harmon Killebrew is close to his listed height. I’m 5′10″ and he’s a shade taller than I am..and I know this because I’ve stood next to him.

    Mike Moustakas is 5′10″, 195, Domonic Brown is 6′5″, 190.

    Which one would be considered the “stockier” of the two?

  22. Cameron Says:

    Hey Chuck, what’s your next prospect showdown? I nominate Domonic Brown vs. Chris Carter, or if you’re feeling like you need a main-event matchup, Jason Heyward vs. Mike Stanton.

  23. Bob Says:

    Cameron, Chuck already said Mike Stanton is or will be better than Heyward.

  24. Chuck Says:

    I could do a Brown/Carter, although it is more difficult to go with two guys who play different positions.

    Stanton’s better than Heyward right now, and the season’s not even done yet.

    Who woulda thunk that back on May first?

  25. Raul Says:

    Mike Stanton is on fire after struggling in his first 15-20 games.

    He’s already out-homered Jason Heyward and isn’t that far behind in RBI.

    Granted, Heyward was injured…

  26. Chuck Says:

    Even with the injury, Heyward’s played 41 more games than Stanton.

    Check out the 162 game averages.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/compare.cgi?top=/players/h/heywaja01.shtml

  27. John Says:

    Chuck: “Stanton’s better than Heyward right now, and the season’s not even done yet.
    Who woulda thunk that back on May first?”

    You did. Kudos.

  28. Chuck Says:

    Thanks, John, but even I didn’t think it would be THAT quick.

  29. Cameron Says:

    Different positions? I thought Carter was an OF in Oakland. There’s still plenty of good prospects in the OF around. Mike Trout comes to mind.

    Catcher’s got some good prospects. Romine, Montero, Myers (yes I have an unabashed Royals fan-tude), Conger, stuff like that.

    Maybe some unkown or low-level kinda guy would be good. Arizona’s got Mike Goldschmidt, he’s at High-A and I never heard of him, but he’s leading all the minors in homers.

  30. Chuck Says:

    Carter just got sent down after a brief trial..0-19 with nine K’s.

    I probably won’t do any below Triple A guys.

    AFL rosters should be out soon, maybe I’ll grab a few of those guys.

    Montero? Nah.

  31. Cameron Says:

    I see about Montero. How many times can you say the guy’s like Adam Dunn with more strikeouts and a worse glove?

    But limiting yourself to just Triple-A is a bit much, Double A’s got good guys too and doesn’t have the AAAA guys clogging your choices like Triple A rosters do. The Rays’ best minor league player is a guy who’s like, in his mid-30s. Not a prospect by a longshot.

  32. Raul Says:

    I just wanted Hossrex to see this:

    My buddy writes a lot and blogs from time to time, and just for fun, he thought he’d create some ideas for funny sports apparel. Anyway, I got a chuckle out of the comparison between Che and Ozzie:

    http://flagrantfoulapparel.wordpress.com/

  33. Shawn Says:

    Mike mentioned Met Ott, and of course I know him as a HoFer but I wanted to see how he hit, and I was amazed. Very unique, to say the least.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl9GuPmrSMI

  34. Hossrex Says:

    lol! Awesome stuff.

    http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2007/10/pecota-predicts-2008-white-sox-0-162.html

  35. Cameron Says:

    That is a weird lookin’ swing from Ott. That ended up being a pretty level swing so I guess I can’t really chalk it up to technique and more to (said in an interview with pro wrestler Ricky Morton of the Rock n’ Roll Express) “Slapping the dogfuck” outta that ball.

  36. Shawn Says:

    Hoss, that ENTIRE site is pure gold. It’s a shame they don’t update anymore.

  37. Mike Felber Says:

    Chuck, I was saying that there are many contradictory supposedly authoritative explanations of a proper swing. Also wondering which elements are reasonable variations, due to either style or response to pitching, & which should be universally employed. I cannot tell from analyzing all the opposing claims.

    I also cannot see how an uppercut, which the video I linked shows as normal before contact, would normally result in a pop up. What about the video seems wrong? Unless it is a LARGE uppercut, or the bat really hits an exact portion of the ball: more than would cause a foul off, but enough to slice a pop up that that goes almost nowhere but up. Trying it with my hands, I can see how if the ball is coming from on high, the swing should be more level. But if we trace the angle from where the ball is released to a typical strike over 60.5′, the angle is a small one.

    M.M. is really 5′10″? OK, & yes, there is zero question re: who is stockier. I was just trying to suss out what elements exactly are meant by stockier, & which elements are relevant re: generating power. And a thin or thinner guy can have a lower center of gravity than a shorter heavier one, if the weight is distributed lower. Though I see now you did not mean to invoke how the weight is distributed…

    I know Killer was not way under 6′-from what you say he was a max. of 5′11″. “Short” according to power hitting standards specified here. But I am saying not uncommon.

  38. Cameron Says:

    Guys who are strong enough can hit 500 HR. Steroids or not, Mark McGwire only hit homers because he was built like a bull. His .240 some odd batting average and (albeit, typical for 1990s power hitters) strikeouts are a clear indication that this guy either hit a home run or did jack shit. He closed his eyes, swung the bat, and hope it worked. Well, maybe not closed his eyes. Only person I saw hit homers with his eyes closed was Mike Piazza.

    Also, another idea for a potential matchup. They’re both in the majors now, but greener than broccoli vomit on a pool table (listen to some terms you hear in interviews about pro wrestling. Lots of southerners involved, grat analogies and new words.) Think Jeremy Hellickson vs. Mike Minor.

  39. Hossrex Says:

    Cameron: “Only person I saw hit homers with his eyes closed was Mike Piazza.”

    A Vin Scully anecdote about Mike Piazza (I’m not saying it’s true, just that Vin Scully said it):

    Tommy Lasorda and Vince Piazza (long time friends, and of course one of them being Piazza’s father) are at a training facility (where doesn’t matter). The pre-professional Mike Piazza is up at the plate hitting homerun after homerun after homerun after homerun off some instructor. Lasorda, amazed at the display of hitting, asks Vince if this was representative of the kids talent.

    Vince Piazza’s reply?

    “Nah… this is him hitting from the left side… he’s really MUCH better from the right.”

    Fuckballs whether it’s true or not… it’s a great baseball story.

    Also…

    WTF? The Angels have someone at high A level ball named “Mike Piazza”, with about the same build as Mikey?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=piazza001mik

    Chuck? Any ideas? He sure looks like he sucks ass.

  40. Chuck Says:

    “Chuck? Any ideas? He sure looks like he sucks ass.”

    I’ve heard of him, but is he related or just someone’s fantasy?

    No clue.

  41. Chuck Says:

    “Think Jeremy Hellickson vs. Mike Minor.”

    I like that one, Cameron. I’ll keep it in mind.

    “But limiting yourself to just Triple-A is a bit much”

    I want guys who’ll be in the big leagues or the AFL in six months or so. Not someone we’ll have forgotten about in six months.

  42. Mike Felber Says:

    Few who are very strong can hit homers. Besides not having the reaction time, strength may add ability/distance to those who have the ability, but unless you have the ability, it will not be enough. Weight rooms are filled w/guys who are big/huge. Even the ones who can increase their stroke ability-if they hit-it would rarely be enough to really hit for notable power.

  43. Hossrex Says:

    Mike: “Few who are very strong can hit homers.”

    A lot of truth in that.

    When I was in high school, I one time helped a guy move his full sized couch by throwing it over my back and carrying it where it needed to be. Seriously.

    Yet I was always a 5.5 hole contact hitter.

    Homeruns in batting practice, groundballs through the hole in games… which is exactly what you’d expect from what Mike just said. I can feast off shitty pitchers, but I was always more focused on getting the ball on the ground than hitting fly balls.

    Anyone can catch a fly ball.

  44. Cameron Says:

    Wow Hoss… I guess we know why you’re called HOSSrex.

    I guess it’s the same reason Ichiro hits absolute moonshots in BP yet gets a million infield singles a year.

  45. Hossrex Says:

    Cameron: “Wow Hoss… I guess we know why you’re called HOSSrex.”

    Yup. I’ve most certainly been called Hoss before, and yes, that’s where the name comes from.

  46. Mike Felber Says:

    Besides that it is much harder to club good pitching, I submit a lot of big guys could not even hit BP HRs. Thinking of large gym rats I have known, the % they increased their power through lifting would usually dwarf the increased hitting distance. Though if you are already ML talent, then 1) that relatively small difference is significant, & 2) you are more likely to translate more of increased strength to striking power.

  47. Chuck Says:

    ” Though if you are already ML talent, then 1) that relatively small difference is significant, & 2) you are more likely to translate more of increased strength to striking power.”

    You think?

    If that wasn’t true, no one would have ever taken a steriod.

  48. Mike Felber Says:

    Reviewing, tying up loose ends: no Cameron, big Mac shattered the rookie HR record when he was relatively thin. He had natural power & leverage, but was not naturally built like a bull. Check photos from then. I had seen him listed as low as 210, & he is 6′ 5″.

    Bill Jenkinson’s book, “Baseball’s Ultimate Power”, is great. Dude has spent decades scientifically studying the furthest blasts ever-eye witness reports, aerial photography, consulting physicists re: how far balls at various trajectories would fly if not interrupted, measuring, reconstructing old geography/adjusted fields & vanished structures, separating fact from fiction, like bounces from on the fly distances…McLiar (sorry, could not resist) is listed as the 6th best distance hitter EVER: but would not have made the top 30 if not for his post 32, ‘95 & after blasts.

    Ruth is clearly # 1. He was just a complete outlier. I wonder if he could have done even better not basically using up to the heaviest bats ever. lighter ones are helpful for swinging faster, so allow many to react later & hit it out. A greater bat mass will strike it further, but could even the Babe have that compensate for an inevitably slower swing?

    Foxx barely edged out Mantle for #2. because more of his blasts were 450-500. The most epic shots ever were 500 +, but only a few guys had their top 10 confirmed shots at this distance. Here are the top 12 from memolry:

    12 Teddy Ballgame
    11 Josh Gibson (may have ranked higher, not enough good records)
    10 Reggie
    9 Killer
    8 McCovey
    7 Stargell
    6 Big Tragic Mac
    5 Dick Allen
    4 The Capital Punisher
    3 Mantle
    2 Foxx
    1 Sultan of Swat

    It seems that just a few players hit their very furthest REAL distance as ~ 540′. Allen, Jackson at the ‘71 All Star Game, Hondo…Mantle likely went just beyond it. Some of these shots had helping tail winds. Only Ruth went beyond this level: He actually had a documented shot where the center field same to a corner at an absurd 560, possibly 550 feet, & hit it well over a 15 feet wall there! Shot went a good 575′.

    It made news a little while back when he well documented Babe’s likely greatest shot ever: barnstorming in October after being thrown out trying to steal 2nd, ending the ‘26 WS. A great story…

  49. Chuck Says:

    Moustakas had three homers last night, including two in one inning, and eleven RBI’s.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_08_30_rreaaa_omaaaa_1

  50. Raul Says:

    I wonder who the tale of the tape will be with Bryce Harper.

    Michael Choice?

  51. Lefty33 Says:

    On a brief tangent, I saw Montero play last night for Scranton.

    He was doing the DH thing as Moeller was catching and he went 0 for 5 with a K and other than a shallow pop to left he didn’t hit the ball hard or get it out of the infield. (His RBI was from beating out a slow roller that was almost turned into a DP.)

    I know he’s been on a tear statistically over the last two months but the five times I’ve seen him play this year he hasn’t gotten anything close to a hit. And thankfully he didn’t catch last night.

    Funny story about Jesus from the AAA All-Star Game last month; for the two innings he caught he was the only catcher all night that sailed both of his warm up throws into center field.

    Also the Scranton pitching staff was horrible.

    Aceves threw 33 pitches in an inning and third. He gave up one run and went three balls on the first seven batters he faced.

    Sanit, Phelps, and Ring all got the shit knocked out of them as well.

    Only offensive bright spots were Golson and Chad Huffman. The rest sucked.

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