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Badler: Sox expected to sign Yoelki Cespedes

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1 minute ago, southsideirish71 said:

 

This is a pretty damning indictment.   Trading the funds made no sense at the time. 

On the bright side we spent all of those savings on .... oh.

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1 minute ago, southsideirish71 said:

 

This is a pretty damning indictment.   Trading the funds made no sense at the time. 

It was a misappropriation of funds then, and looks even worse now. 

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So with more flexibility in their pool relative to other clubs, the White Sox now are expected to sign Cuban outfielder Yoelki Cespedes—the 23-year-old brother of Yoenis Cespedes—for around $2 million on Jan. 15. Cespedes isn't that tall, but he has a strong, athletic build (5-foot-9, 205-pounds) and a quick bat. He played in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and hit .319/.355/.389 with two walks and 18 strikeouts in 77 plate apperances as a 21-year-old during his final season in Cuba's Serie Nacional in the 2018-19 season. The year before he batted .273/.353/.400 in 289 plate appearances with 17 strikeouts and 42 walks.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/chicago-white-sox-2020-21-international-signing-preview/

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Well clearly I missed all the fun.

Regardless, very pumped. Vera/Cespedes is a great class, and I like a lot of the other names @Y2Jimmy0 and Badler documented excellently:

Adrian Gil - 5'10 and already in low 90s

Victor Quezada - big power bat likely to play 3rd

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13 minutes ago, southsider2k5 said:

On the bright side we spent all of those savings on .... oh.

Had to make up for spending on Jay and Alonso somewhere.

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Anyway, here's Cespedes' grades from MLB Pipeline:

Hit: 50
Power: 55
Run: 60
Arm: 60
Field: 55

Brief blurb: 

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While in Cuba, Cespedes was known primarily as a plus runner, a solid defender and a line-drive hitter who can spray the ball across the outfield. He's revamped his swing since defection, and now looks almost exactly like his older brother in the batter's box. He's also added at least 15 pounds of muscle and it's resulted in more power and explosive bat speed. Yoelqui is represented by Magnus Sports.

 

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3 minutes ago, YouCanPutItOnTheBoardYES! said:

Cespedes obviously isn’t as highly thought of as Robert was when the Sox signed him, but I’m still excited about this. You can never have too much young talent.

Pretty much no one is.

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3 minutes ago, YouCanPutItOnTheBoardYES! said:

Cespedes obviously isn’t as highly thought of as Robert was when the Sox signed him, but I’m still excited about this. You can never have too much young talent.

That's pretty difficult. The only prospect in recent memory who I can think of that was thought of as highly as Robert (coming from Cuba) was Yoan Moncada.

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1 minute ago, SoCalChiSox said:

Another right handed hitter....

Yea. They should have signed the left handed version instead.

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2 minutes ago, SoCalChiSox said:

Another right handed hitter....

...do you not want the #1 international prospect?

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2 minutes ago, DirtySox said:

Yea. They should have signed the left handed version instead.

Take him back to the store, see if he can be exchanged.

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5 minutes ago, SoCalChiSox said:

Another right handed hitter....

Per his agreement, they'll make him bat lefty bc of Org need.

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8 minutes ago, Quin said:

That's pretty difficult. The only prospect in recent memory who I can think of that was thought of as highly as Robert (coming from Cuba) was Yoan Moncada.

This.  It's like pulling a 9.5 as a 6, and then complaining about how she isn't a 10.

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Just now, bmags said:

Take him back to the store, see if he can be exchanged.

If its within 30 days we prolly can do the exchange, so long as RH still has the receipt. :)

 

No Seriously, they are going to get wrecked in the playoffs by righty killers if they don't address this issue. 

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6 minutes ago, hi8is said:

Dude is a tank.

We're not allowed to use that nickname. It didn't work great last time.

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I am so perplexed on my feelings about the sox international strategy. I think James articulates most of it well: they are doing a better job, they are finding impact talent, but they also seem to be not maximizing it that from the outside looks so bizarre each year.

However, I do wonder if a lot of this is just Paddy having good sources on the cuban pipeline and always having uncertainty when guys are going to be there. And so maybe the "they didn't think there was guys worth signing", an objectively silly line from Hahn, actually was "we'd prefer to keep some space just in case X guy comes open.

But that doesn't make sense when they trade it away, so I'm at a loss.

They are doing something right, who couldn't like the last 3 years, after a pretty pisspoor start. But it just seems so weird when you have an allotted budget to say "well that's good enough, why don't we just try to save some cash on nate jones.

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Just now, Balta1701 said:

We're not allowed to use that nickname. It didn't work great last time.

Certainly.

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I buy more into Cespedes being the long term solution in RF than I ever did with Colas.

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