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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 07:21 AM
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Abbot is performing really well. So is Hickman. Neither striking out too much either.

Kiel also had a scoreless inning with only one walk
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 07:25 AM
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QUOTE (bmags @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:21 AM) *
Abbot is performing really well. So is Hickman. Neither striking out too much either.

Kiel also had a scoreless inning with only one walk


8 BBs to 4Ks for Abbot. It's early but that's awesome, especially given how raw he supposedly is.
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:22 AM
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QUOTE (Username @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:25 AM) *
8 BBs to 4Ks for Abbot. It's early but that's awesome, especially given how raw he supposedly is.


Yeah. I'm just thinking back to Zangari, who had a nice start to AZL but was k'ing a ton. Really like to see Abbott doing...exactly what he did in his small town high school.

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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:26 AM
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SSS I know, but I really like seeing three LatAm guys with double-digit walk rates in Nunez, Mercedes, & Alfaro. These three guys will shoot up the prospect rankings if their walk rates don't fall off too much.

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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:30 AM
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QUOTE (Chicago White Sox @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 10:26 AM) *
SSS I know, but I really like seeing three LatAm guys with double-digit walk rates in Nunez, Mercedes, & Alfaro. These three guys will shoot up the prospect rankings if their walk rates don't fall off too much.

There was a time (13 months ago) that Alfaro was our top C prospect
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:52 AM
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QUOTE (ChiSoxJon @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 09:30 AM) *
There was a time (13 months ago) that Alfaro was our top C prospect

Our catching depth is actually pretty exciting relative to where it's been in the past. Collins looks like he just might stick at catcher long-term and could be a star if his bat develops to original expectations. Zavala has played himself from just a fringe guy to someone who looks fairly likely to reach the majors in some capacity. I'm still not sure where the org feels Skoug ultimately ends up long-term, but his bat could offset any of his defensive short-comings if they try to get him to stick at catcher. And then you have the young/raw guys like Perez & Alfaro in rookie ball that have some decent upside. This is the best our catching situation has looked like since I can remember.
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 08:58 AM
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QUOTE (Chicago White Sox @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 09:52 AM) *
Our catching depth is actually pretty exciting relative to where it's been in the past. Collins looks like he just might stick at catcher long-term and could be a star if his bat develops to original expectations. Zavala has played himself from just a fringe guy to someone who looks fairly likely to reach the majors in some capacity. I'm still not sure where the org feels Skoug ultimately ends up long-term, but his bat could offset any of his defensive short-comings if they try to get him to stick at catcher. And then you have the young/raw guys like Perez & Alfaro in rookie ball that have some decent upside. This is the best our catching situation has looked like since I can remember.


There's also Hickman, but he's been playing 1b and DH so much in AZL I'm wondering if they are moving him off C.

The BA podcast after the Q trade harped on this a bit. The catchers in their top 100 aren't even that good! Everyone is starved for it. 100% the part to be optimistic about with Collins is that he could stick and be good at plate discipline/have occassional pop. It may not be all star level, but catchers really are barren in majors on down.
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 09:05 AM
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QUOTE (bmags @ Jul 17, 2017 -> 09:58 AM) *
There's also Hickman, but he's been playing 1b and DH so much in AZL I'm wondering if they are moving him off C.

The BA podcast after the Q trade harped on this a bit. The catchers in their top 100 aren't even that good! Everyone is starved for it. 100% the part to be optimistic about with Collins is that he could stick and be good at plate discipline/have occassional pop. It may not be all star level, but catchers really are barren in majors on down.

I kept Hickman off for that very reason. But you're right about Collins, if he can be even average defensively, I think he brings enough to the table offensively to be a solid everyday catcher. Having said that, I really expect his offensive numbers to take a big jump next season. I have a feeling the development team have kept his offensive adjustments at a minimum and with time his bat to ball skills will improve. If you follow his at-bats, the plate discipline is incredible, just needs to find a way to make more consistent contact.
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post Jul 17, 2017 -> 09:37 AM
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The catching position in the lower level is probably the strongest of any position. Alfaro, Skoug, Hickman, Perez, Cooper, and Colina are all legit or fringe prospects and are having a pretty good start to the year. I'm hoping one or two of them graduates to Low A soon. But of course, there's a lot more to a catcher than just hitting the ball. Can't tell how those guys are progressing outside of that department.
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