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Trey Ball v2.0. Outfielder.

Discussion in 'The Adopt a Prospect Forum' started by Plympton91, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Plympton91

    Plympton91 bubble burster SoSH Member

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    here’s some news on Trey and his attempt to jumpstart his career as an outfielder.

    Gammons reports an NL scout who says “He has a chance!”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/nesn.c...-prospect-trey-ball-has-chance-as-hitter/amp/

    Sox Prospects with an instructional league preview.

    http://news.soxprospects.com/2018/09/trey-balls-outfield-conversion-to.html?m=1

    The end of this article has a less than enthusiastic readout from Crockett about how he’d done in th FIL. Though given Ball was rule 5 eligible there was a reason not to be forthcoming with plaudits. It sounds like the conversion is not 100% guaranteed. Article also has news on 2 top 2018 picks and top 2 DSL prospects too.

    http://wap.mlb.com/bos/news/article/20180928296353366/
     
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  2. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    He hasn't swung the bat, or, I assume, played the field in 5 years. And he's 24 years old. I wish him well, but that's a tough row to hoe.
     
  3. Sandy Leon Trotsky

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    Trey Ball may be one of Ben's Biggest Blunders. I always forget that this was one of his picks... and a really rare high one at that. I'm scared to take a look at who was drafted after Ball.
     
  4. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    Judge was 32nd.
     
  5. Danny_Darwin

    Danny_Darwin Member SoSH Member

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    It's interesting - I remember people lamenting that they didn't pick Austin Meadows in that spot, and he would have been... ok, I guess, better than Ball, of course, but thus far at least nobody to get too worked up over (surely this will change now that he's a Ray). But with him in the fold, maybe they don't take Benintendi a couple of years later, and the team would have unquestionably been weaker without him around.

    Trey Ball is why they won a World Series is what I'm saying.
     
  6. wade boggs chicken dinner

    wade boggs chicken dinner Member SoSH Member

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    Love this theory. I hope they gave him a ring.
     
  7. sean1562

    sean1562 Member SoSH Member

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    Honestly, going through the early rounds, it looks like a pretty weak draft overall.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Major_League_Baseball_draft

    Not a ton of MLB talent coming off the board after him(Judge wasn't getting drafted in the top 10), and of he players before him, Bryant is the only really successful one
     
  8. bosox79

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    He got ABs in 2018.
     
  9. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, per the original article he got 9 at bats in 2018.

    Think I should change my outlook?
     
  10. bosox79

    bosox79 Member SoSH Member

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    No, but I'm guessing he was at least swinging the bat prior to getting 9 AB.
     
  11. Plympton91

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    Given the fact that it was not a slam dunk case when he was drafted, I always wondered why they didn’t develop him the way they were developing (other guy they traded for Adrian Gonzalez). The first two years in the system, they had him pitch through the end of July and then play SS in August and in the AFL. That would have at least kept Ball somewhat less rusty.
     
  12. bosox79

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    Casey Kelly. Still around, pitched for the Giants this year.
     
  13. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Same initial articles said he took batting practice this year.

    I'd say Ankiel is something of a comp.

    Ball has (with the exception of 9 AB at the close of this year) not had a pro AB from age 19 onward. He's 24 now.

    Ankiel converted to OF in 2005, at pretty much the same age. But Ankiel had the benefit of at least being a NL pitcher, and had ABs in all of his years from 19-24. Ankiel had hit fairly well during those years, despite the low volume of ABs.

    Wasn't there a PED issue with Ankiel though?
     
  14. SirPsychoSquints

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    http://www.espn.com/mlb/news/story?id=3009688

     
  15. bosox79

    bosox79 Member SoSH Member

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    Another comp would be David Peralta. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peralda01.shtml
     

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