What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Here's a nice post from BA noting the number of top 20 prospects in each league (in their recent polls). The Rangers finished tied for 3rd (behind the Padres and Rays) with 16 prospects ranked in the top 20 in all minor leagues. If you limit the discussion to the full season leagues, they finish tied for 1st at 9 with the Padres and Rockies.
Here's the kicker: this is after they traded away Erlin and Wieland. The Rangers have solid prospects at every level, and more who will make their debuts in 2012. This is going to be a solid team for years to come. Link:http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2011/10/padres-rays-post-most-top-20-prospects/#more-13220
It almost pains me that we have such a great farm system, because it kinda gives us less incentive to keep the awesome players we currently have when they become free agents. #firstworldproblems
I think of it in much more positive terms: it gives the team flexibility in deciding who it is wise to keep and who they can afford to let go. And, of course, it gives them the option to massively upgrade their bullpen or whatever mid-season.
Always looking on the bright side of life, aren't you?
BA had us falling to #14 this year (after being #1 in 2009) in their preseason organization rankings.
Hopefully this means we'll be moving back up the list. Their organization rankings have been an amazingly strong predictor of future success.
It gives you the ability to not agonize over who to keep/extend and who not to, assuming you can't afford to keep everyone. How valuable is Elvis vs Cruz? Doesn't matter. We got Profar. We don't have a power Corner OF in the high-minors. Keep Nellie at the expense of Elvis, when and if it comes to that.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Profar take over 2nd base for Ian in a few years.
@scoobydude can we get bionic hamstrings and groins for for some of out players especially Nelli.
@ Raider Prater:
I suppose that's possible, but I would rather keep Ian than Elvis. What I think is for sure is that come 2014, one from Kinsler, Andrus, or Profar will have been moved along, either by not resigning Kinsler when his contract expires, or trading one of the three. I would prefer the trade value we would get back from Elvis, while keeping the best 2 bats among the 3 players in Kins and young Jurickson.
Have you watched the last 4 games? Are you sure he doesn't have a few bionic parts plugged into that thing?
Scoob - I'd like to see the eventual situation where Kinsler is in the MY role and DH, with both Profar and Andrus here. They'd make a dynamic duo. But then again, we also have Luis Sardinas coming in the future as well. I wish I could say it sucks to have such problems, but I can't.
Sure, I'd like to have all 3. But wouldn't you rather have 2-of-3 and a major pitching asset by trading the third? Assets and dollars are limited, after all, as you pointed out in the Joey Votto thread. Sure, i'd love to have all 3. But wouldn't you rather have 2-of
I do think Elvis could have more value... but the timing seems to work out for Kins to be the one to move. it is a great problem to have and I hope that it works out where we get great value from somewhere. The Kins turning into MY role is a big possibility, I guess it all depends on Profar's development and Luis S also. I just keep hoping that Elvis will continue to get better at the plate and raise his average. He is still really young...
I concur, Scoob. And as I said, we do have Sardinas coming, who will likely start being groomed for 2B. It would then be Profar and Sardinas as the tandem, and Ian can assume the MY type position when Sardinas comes of age.
We have to keep in mind that they are prospects and they could fade. But hopefully JD and the boys will keep making the right moves at the right times.
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