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    Down on the Farm, 2019 edition

    I believe Chatham has always been seen as a solid to good shortstop. Questions as to whether or not he'd have to move, if I remember correctly, were always driven by the fact that he's huge for a SS and that he's never been able to stay on the field (until 18/19). Given his size and athletic...
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    Is the problem Dana LeVangie? Dombrowski's vision?

    man, folks are strangely angry about 2013's draft. Meadows was who I wanted after Frazier went off the board. And yeah, he's a good outfielder this year, but he's still not a center-fielder. But that draft sucked. They took a risk on a left handed starter they liked. It didn't work out. It...
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    Is the problem Dana LeVangie? Dombrowski's vision?

    Wierd seeing folks down on the recent drafts. The last onr was excellent, especially considering the lack of a true first rounder (and the cap issues that come with that). Its also not like the gm is that important in terms of the draft. Boston has excelled at the draft for years and that has...
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    Down on the Farm, 2019 edition

    Man, I had completely forgotten about Cheh-Hsein Chen. He was from Taiwan, but I too mistakenly remembered him as Korean. There was so much debate on SoxPropsoects.com about where to rank that guy during his breakout season. He always scouted well, but had OPS in the low 700s most of his...
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    2019 MLB Draft - Red Sox tracker

    Really good day one, contingent on being able to sign Lugo. The Sox have very little money to spend under the cap rules, so I wouldn't expect them to draft many guys that fall due to singability issues. Basically they drafted a high floor guy (Cannon) with good contact skills, and potentially...
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    Rafael Devers, JD Martinez and the future at the corners

    Agreed with @bosox79 on Chavis. Allegedly, his defensive issues in the minors were related to lateral movement towards the left (per Sox Prospects). That's not as big of an issue at 2B. Especially with the greater emphasis on shifting. If Chavis were a passable 3B he'd have been on a ton of top...
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    Mookie BBetts - 2019 Campaign

    why the disparity between Baseball Reference and Fangraphs? Is it all driven by UZR versus DRS? If so couldn't we just chalk up the "decline" to the fact to UZR SSS issues? Like, I don't think anyone expected him to be the best offensive player in the league again. But if he's a 30% better than...
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    Rafael Devers, JD Martinez and the future at the corners

    More on topic. With respect to the "logjam" at the corners (bolding the guys most frequently discussed). Below is a summary of stuff I've read (I've never seen any of these folks nor would I be able to evaluate) 3B/2B/1B Chavis is a brutal defensive 3b. It's been his weakness as a prospect...
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    Schilling, the Hall, and the Character Clause

    Lots of stuff going on in this thread. Before getting on my soapbox about Schilling, "thought crimes", Hall of Fame eligibility, etc. I will for the sake of brevity say that if I had a vote, I'd very likely use one of them on Schilling (depending on the candidate backlog). I think he's...
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    Red Sox accept White House invitation

    I worry about being too views and newsy here but if I may: I'm deeply involved in Democratic Politics in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I've hosted events for our congresswoman (when she was a candidate), multiple state reps, and a state Senator in my home. I had the mayor of Philly over a few...
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    Yankees acquire James Paxton for Justus Sheffield and two lower prospects

    yes, and to my central point, that is why new york got him at a discount.
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    Yankees acquire James Paxton for Justus Sheffield and two lower prospects

    those are fair points about the hr rate. as are comments about the hard contact. But the guy has averaged about 4 fwar a year for 3 years while averaging around 140 ip. i get that volume matters, but thats a hell of a 3 year run. if he could stay on the mound he would be among the premier...
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    Yankees acquire James Paxton for Justus Sheffield and two lower prospects

    What Jon Abbey said. He's one of the best SP in baseball on an inning by inning basis. He was available at a discount because he's not durable. This is a really, really good pitcher. New York gave up a really good, but flawed SP prospect to get him. If Paxton were durable he'd be in the...
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    Yankees acquire James Paxton for Justus Sheffield and two lower prospects

    Deal makes a ton of sense on both sides. New York gets an Ace on a Discount because of his health history, but a guy who absolutely is a stud when healthy. The Mariners get a great prospect who is close to the majors, but suffers from major control issues. I wish I could find a reason to...
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    JDM

    Agreed on Crawford. There was actually a lot of research suggesting that a player with his skill set is actually able to weather decline better than players with a more narrow skill set/specialty. The only beef I think folks had at the time was that it was strange to pay a premium defense left...