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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Jake Alu, 3B
« Last post by Section214 on Today at 10:03:19 AM »
2-4 with his 4th HR yesterday now sitting at .265/.323/.458 --  meanwhile Franco is slashing .159/.196/.243 in his last 30 games with 3 HR and 1 multi-hit game.
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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Branden Boissiere 1B
« Last post by imref on Today at 10:01:47 AM »
You're missing a few Es in this one, his first name is Branden and there is an e at the end of his last name as well.

1B is the thinnest position in our entire farm so any glimmer of hope of Boissiere would be great. Everything I have read on BB makes it sound like he is a very solid defensive 1B, maybe get him to the AFL and see if he can start next year in Harrisburg? Mendoza is a lost cause, Meregildo is showing some pop and currently in AA so he is probably the only guy ahead of BB at 1B in the org right now.

thanks, fixed.  MiLB has him ranked as our #19 prospect, though they still haven't added this year's draftees.
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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Cade Cavalli, RHP
« Last post by Smithian on Today at 10:01:39 AM »
If they're not going to call him up after this recent run, then it isn't happening this season. I'd like him to get up and get 2 or 3 starts to set the stage for the offseason.
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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Brandon Boissier, 1B
« Last post by Smithian on Today at 10:00:20 AM »
You're missing a few Es in this one, his first name is Branden and there is an e at the end of his last name as well.

1B is the thinnest position in our entire farm so any glimmer of hope of Boissiere would be great. Everything I have read on BB makes it sound like he is a very solid defensive 1B, maybe get him to the AFL and see if he can start next year in Harrisburg? Mendoza is a lost cause, Meregildo is showing some pop and currently in AA so he is probably the only guy ahead of BB at 1B in the org right now.
Start in Wilmington next year. See if he swims.

With DH, less need for 1B to be a slugger.
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If you are right about Cavalli, then Espino is guaranteed to start the season in the rotation. I'd like to see an innings eater signed, along with 3rd baseman and perhaps one or two outfielders, depending on Robles. Get me a 2 fWAR 3rd baseman on a 2 year contract to play opposite Voit. 

I expect Carrillo to be up next year, perhaps Cronin will be given a shot, and Henry in some roll depending on health.
Espino ... Adon .... Shoulder Blade. One of them.

I don't think you can build a roster spot around a guy who has never hit in AA. I don't even think Robert Hassell, the high floor prospect of the bench, should be considered until he hits in Harrisburg.

The DH makes roster construction easier for the NL. It's awful for baseball, they can still take advantage of it.
I agree. House, Green, Vaquero, Hassell, Wood ...  you cant count on these guys in any roster construction.
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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Elijah Green, OF
« Last post by Smithian on Today at 09:58:28 AM »
Is FCL a hitter paradise? I remember Brady House lighting it up last year. Not sure if real talent or just any decent prospect will rake.
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The Farm / Re: Follow the Prospects: Brandon Boissier, 1B
« Last post by Section214 on Today at 09:58:16 AM »
You're missing a few Es in this one, his first name is Branden and there is an e at the end of his last name as well.

1B is the thinnest position in our entire farm so any glimmer of hope of Boissiere would be great. Everything I have read on BB makes it sound like he is a very solid defensive 1B, maybe get him to the AFL and see if he can start next year in Harrisburg? Mendoza is a lost cause, Meregildo is showing some pop and currently in AA so he is probably the only guy ahead of BB at 1B in the org right now.
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I don't think you can build a roster spot around a guy who has never hit in AA. I don't even think Robert Hassell, the high floor prospect of the bench, should be considered until he hits in Harrisburg.

The DH makes roster construction easier for the NL. It's awful for baseball, they can still take advantage of it.

This x 2, all of it.  Prospects do not exist except as theories until they have shown they can do it in AA.
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Oh, sure, depending on his health, but if that position is going to be House's in 2026, I think a viable strategy would be to bring in a guy you have more confidence in.  You can always DH the signee.  Kieboom maybe could be in the mix for 2d as well, or Garcia in left if you really, really like his bat but hate his glove.

Oh, not mentioned is Corbin, Strasburg, Ross, or Rainey.  I'm assuming Rainey starts the year on the 60 day IL recovering.  I don't count on anything out of Strasburg or Ross.  As for Corbin, I'd try to make the bullpen move work. 
I don't think you can build a roster spot around a guy who has never hit in AA. I don't even think Robert Hassell, the high floor prospect of the bench, should be considered until he hits in Harrisburg.

The DH makes roster construction easier for the NL. It's awful for baseball, they can still take advantage of it.
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At some point, I'm going to break things up and start a speculating about 2023 thread, but as I see it, I rough out the line up as the following, with long term pieces in bold:

C - Ruiz, Adams / Pineda
1B - Voit / Meneses
2d - Garcia
SS- Abrams
3d - free agent ???
LF - free agent / Thomas/ Palacios/ Yadi ???
CF - ??? / Thomas / Robles*
RF - Meneses / Palacios
DH - Yadi / Voit / Meneses

Rotation - Gray / Gore / Cavalli / Fedde / Espino (or FA)
Pen - Finnegan / Edwards / Harvey ...

Robles will be an interesting call.  He's going into his second year of arbitration coming off of earning $1.65 million.  As bad as he is, he is due a bump up, perhaps to $2 million.  I wonder if they cut him like they did with Taylor when he started getting too expensive. If he is due $2.5 millioin or more, then I don't think there's much of a question.
CJ Abrams, SS
Luis Garcia, 2B
$12-15 mil AAV FA, RF
Luke Voit, DH
Meneses/Placeholder, 1B
Yadiel Hernandez, LF
Keibert Ruiz, C
Carter Kieboom, 3B
Victor Robles, CF

Bench:
Meneses / Placeholder FA 1B
Thomas
Adams/Barrera
Kieboom Insurance FA 3B
Glove-first Backup FA 2B/SS

They won't cut Robles or they would have trade him this deadline for a bag of peanuts. FAs may also be a trade from a salary dump team. Think Josh Bell Pirates trade. I wanted Adams to get a run at 1B up here before end of the season, but Meneses got his shot and took control.

I'd be okay with that opening day lineup. There is no one in the upper minors who is being held back. See if Kieboom has anything. Maybe Hernandez, Voit, or Menseses plays well and gets flipped. Past that, just hope someone like Jake Alu or Darren Baker force their way up into a role and suck it up while they spend another year trying to fix the pitching and getting one year closer to hopefully one or two of the low minors bats breaking through.
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