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Chris Davis is looking good rite now in Baltimore, Smoak not so much. So i want to ask: When it's all said and done who will have the better career?Justin SmoakChris DavisMitch Moreland
I think its pretty safe to say that in 15 years nobody will be talking about any of the three. I always like Davis but he and Teagarden had some work ethic issues while in Texas so he needed a change of scenery. Smoak was the highly touted prospect but he hasn't done much to impress me. Moreland is steady enough for what he is. I'm hoping he's a late bloomer.
FWIW, Newberg had an article last year in which he posed a question to Rangers scouts or FO guys about who would be the 1B of the future (the question was asked before Smoak was even called up) and all the guys said Moreland.
Since the question is posed, I would rather have Davis personally. More raw power than Moreland, better fielder than Moreland, better runner than Moreland, Moreland does strike out less than Davis though.Uehara could end up being totally worth Davis and Hunter though. Cliiff Lee was completely worth Smoak and Bevin because 2010 will live forever.
Smoak seems like he probably hasn't hit his ceiling, but so far it doesn't look like his ceiling is all-star. I think Chris Davis is probably near or at his ceiling, and it likewise isn't all-star. I don't know what Moreland's ceiling is, because he has so much power. He goes through phases; before the all-star break last year he was doing very well. Since then he's been pretty hit and miss, mostly miss...but after his last couple of games my faith has been restored a little bit and part of me thinks he still hasn't hit his ceiling. But I doubt the Rangers will give him another year to figure it out. Either he becomes a regular or better by, say, the all-star break, or they'll be looking for a full-time replacement.
Of the 3, though, I think I'd rather have Moreland; even if he's not the surest thing right now, I still think his potential ceiling is a little higher than the other guys, even if he doesn't come close to reaching it.
I'm going to surprise myself and go with Smoak. I've always really liked Davis thinking he could become a poor mans Adam Dunn which would absolutely kill it in RBiA. And I do appriciate Morelands ability to get on base more consistently than Davis and Smoak at this point even if it means a few less homers and a little worse defense.
I never really thought much of Smoak, perhaps he wasn't around long enough, but I can see him taking the JJ Hardy route, gradually progressing over the next few years till he becomes an above average offensive talent at his position. Davis and Moreland probably won't ever be more than just average.
Yet even with Smoak's higher potential I'm glad we have Moreland instead. IMO, At this particular point in time Moreland is a better fit for this team.
I would just like to see us get a good solid 1B that is consistent and can hit and field and play everyday and contribute..........we get guys like Davis, Smoak, Moreland who seem to have all this potential but then they become the least productive of the players in the lineup!!
I'm with you TRE: Since the question is posed, I would rather have Davis personally. I think Davis is the best glove man by far. I really cant think of a better one right now on any team. And I think he will continue to hit well, he is just now coming into is own.... I think he will out class AG, and he is my close second.... but CD has the best glove..
Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixera.
Thanks for nothing Keystone.
Would take Gonzalez in a second if he were available. I want nothing to do with Tex.
Also, Davis had several chances here, but for whatever reason, didn't work out in Texas. Glad he's hitting well now, just wish he'd shown that kind of stuff while he was here. But he didn't, so we have Moreland. If he doesn't pan out by the end of the year, or possibly even the all-star break, they will probably be looking around.
dwightk for the win
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