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    Trust the process

    When I say if we fail with a draft pick. I don’t mean not developing them into quality major leaguers. You’re spot on with how many quality major leaguers we should be getting out of a draft. I’m speaking more in the sense of seeing general improvements with their flaws and remaining productive as they move up to more advanced levels. Again with Fisher, the odds were always against him becoming a quality major leaguer, but a guy with his hit tool shouldn’t flame out in high A. Now, if he could make it to AAA but a lack of power or defensive ability ultimately prevented him from getting to the pros then that’s still a win in my book. All I’m saying is if we are drafting guys more on baseball ability than pure tools, we should be able see more of them make their way up the system without significant holes in their games if we have a competent development staff in place.
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    2018 NFL Draft

    Unless Chubb miraculously falls, I’m hoping three QBs go ahead of us and the Bears are able to trade the #8 pick to a team desperate for that 4th QB. Arizona & Buffalo seem to be the teams to watch. Miami is most definitely a threat to take a QB if one of the big four makes it to them at #11, so both of those teams should be looking to move up into the 5 to 8 range. But with Chubb, Barkley, & Nelson as highly attractive non QB options, the #8 pick could be one of the highest pick that is readily available. Will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
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    Trust the process

    You really don’t seem to understand how a rebuild works.
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    Trust the process

    The 2016, 2017, & 2018 draft classes should provide us with a better idea of our organization’s ability to identity & deveop talent. These are Hostetler’s first full drafts and represent a shift in strategy from taking toolsy athletes to selecting true baseball players on the positional side. Guys that fill that bill that were taken in the higher rounds are Collins, Call, Fisher, Burger, Sheets, & Gonzalez. To me, if the majority of those guys fail it will reflect poorly on Getz’s team’s ability to develop talent. So far, the results haven’t been great, although it’s super early and the sample size is minuscule. However, seeing a guy like Fisher whose one true above average tool was his hit tool struggle to make contact on a regular basis is a bit terrifying. And while I’m not ready to write-off Collins by any means, if he fails to hit enough to not even sniff the major leagues as a 1B/DH type at the very least that raises a lot of questions as well.
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    Albies is a hell of a player, but we’re seeing first-hand why Moncada was considered a generational talent by many evaluators. It’s obviously going to take some time for it all to come together (it’s already starting to), but no sane GM would take Albies over Yoan simply because of a slow start. And to think he’d potentially be out of the game of baseball because of a high K rate is simply ludicrous.
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    The challenge for us is timing. Jimenez should be up this year. The rest of our real OF talent is in A ball. I have a feeling Robert can move fast and Basabe should hopefully get half a season of playing time in AA this year if all goes well with those two you’re looking at early 2020 ETAs. Adolfo, Rutherford, & Gonzalez are probably a year behind those other two. Ultimately, we can’t wait on all these guys before we attempt to go for it. My expectation is for Robert to be an early 2020 call up and the Sox the trading for a cost-controlled RF prior to the 2020 season or signing a free agent to fill the hole for a couple of years this coming off-season.
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    Zack Collins Criticism

    Hopefully Zavala can keep this up for another month or two and then they push him to AAA to allow both him & Collins more time catching.
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    This is a way too pessimistic view of things. If the rebuild takes another three years on top of this one, then something went massively wrong.
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    Sox and Mariners Game Thread 4/24

    We’re going to have to bump that Moncada thread a few months from now. I have a feeling a few won’t like what they see in there.
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    I think your numbers are spot-on, just tough to say who’d I prefer. I think Harper would be more impactful from a marketing perspective and build some hype for the organization. He also has the higher ceiling and is most certaintly the better player when everyone is clicking. I’d probably go with Harper, especially if Machado won’t budge off the need to play SS.
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    Last year was a fluke though. Avi improved in several areas, but the BABIP was always going to regress and bring him down to a 2.5 WARish player. The problem for Avi is he needs to get more loft on the ball to take advantage of his raw power and unfortunately he continues to drive the ball into the ground. Without that power improvement, his days of being a 4 WAR player are over. And given our minor league depth, there is absolutely no reason to spend money locking up a 2.5 WAR player. Also, I can't understate how much money we're going to have in the coming years. It seems like many here think we'll add one stud reliever and blow all our money. We should be able to multiple impact free agents when the time is right and that's including a Machado/Harper tier superstar.
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    Give me the superstar every day of the week and I'll move the "good & cheap" option to fill other holes or add prospect depth. There are only so many spots on a roster and you should always look to maximize the output of those, especially when you're sitting on millions and millions of dollars. Plus baseball is slowly moving towards super-teams and we're going to need load up on talent if want to take on the Yankees a few years from now. And Avi Garcia is not a 4 WAR player, so he certainly shouldn't prevent us from adding Bryce Harper. We'd be nuts to pass on a potential OF of Jimenez, Robert, & Harper, even if that means trading our minor league depth (Rutherford, Basabe, Adolfo, etc.).
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    White sox could be dark horse for machado

    Great post & 100% agree. I’d happily take either guy and hope the Sox feel the same. These are the two guys we should be focused on them. Miss on them, Arenado becomes a solid fallback option the following year.
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    4/23 Games

    Damn, there is that HoT FiRe 🔥!
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    Avisail Garcia to the 10 day DL, Palka called up

    Awesome! I threw this out there yesterday as an idea if Avi were to miss time. Here's how I would like to see the lineups shake out: vs. RHP vs. LHP 1. Moncada, 2B Anderson, SS 2. Sanchez, 3B Moncada, 2B 3. Abreu, 1B Abreu, 1B 4. Delmonico, LF Davidson, DH 5. Davidson, DH Castillo, C 6. Palka, RF Delmonico, LF 7. Anderson, SS Thompson, RF 8. Castillo, C Sanchez, 3B 9. Thompson, CF Engel, CF