Thursday, September 13, 2007
Kevin Goldstein Chat Snippets
jaymoff (Salem, OR): Jake McGee . . . Best LHP in the minors?Goldstein also has a piece about the Astros up in which he points and laughs at Houston scouting director Paul Riccarini:
Kevin Goldstein: Not while Kershaw is still around.
brianjamesoak (Alameda, CA): It seems like everyone says the A's farm system is desolate, yet the Rivercats have the second best record in the PCL. How does that happen? Lot of good but no great players?
Kevin Goldstein: You could say that the A's have a whole lot of big leaguers in their system, but not a whole lot of impact players -- that's the issue.
Rich (Pickerington, OH): Kevin, Does James McDonald have a future in the majors? He's really come on strong in the minors this year as a pitcher. Also, is there any chance for Kuo and Greg Miller to remain healthy enough to be starters in the majors?
Kevin Goldstein: Go Tigers. McDonald definitely is the real deal. Good fastball, even better curve, and sneaky changeup. I still have some faith in Kuo as a reliver, but I don't think Miller will ever throw enough strikes.
[Houston has] a miserable three-year record, and the solution unfortunately is an ugly one. The first step is a thorough housecleaning-–what happened this June is inexcusable, making Sapp the first high school catcher selected in 2006 when Hank Conger was on the board is laughable, and the 2005 group is starting to look just as useless. There has been a failure on the scouting front, in terms of both talent evaluation and their selection philosophy, and it needs to be corrected.Nice to know the Angels got an overlooked keeper... this year's draft sure doesn't seem to be generating much buzz.
Update: Hank Conger is throwing out only 21% of would-be base-stealers, a number well below average.
Conger hit .290/.336/.472 as a 19-year-old for low Class A Cedar Rapids. He is lauded for his well above-average arm strength, but there were concerns before the season about whether he could stick at catcher because he is not light on his feet. In 99 attempts against, Conger threw out just 21% of basestealers, which is well below average and may be a cause for concern.
as for defensive catcher, there's nothing i hear or read that implies his skills are even above average.
best case he continues a Piazza trajectory for bat, and Scioscia makes him at least adequate (more than Piazza at least) behind the dish.