Sunday, February 26, 2012

Leury Garcia Watch, 2012

I'm going to do a 'Leury Garcia Watch' this year. This is for The Newberg, Don Welke, and BA.


Why would one consider a guy with a utility ceiling a prospect? You shouldn't. He's fungible if he makes it at all. Prospects are future starters or half time players. Define your terms first so there is no confusion. At best you have a 25th man on the AAA express who might play in 30games a year, every other year.

Greg Miclat, Kyle Hudson, Craig Gentry, Leury Garcia, Andres Blanco - there are always those 4A, 6-fyr FA, (unprotected) rule 5, out of option guys sniffing for work every spring training. 25th men don't matter much as "prospects" as you can always find those guys on the fringes for cheap. They're not even the low leverage bullpen arms of any lineup and don't have much real or imagined value as a result especially for upper division teams. They're floaters (I'm watching The Wire...).

Garcia can't hit and his glove is inconsistent for a utility guy. The 'he needs to slow the game down' and 'most of his errors are because he's so good' memes are nonsense (now) . I'ma say AA numbers of: .599 OPS, 15bb, 120so, 45 errors, 100games. NAP, AMiRITe?

For those with a longer memory, this bit will be similar to the NAP (Not A Prospect) bit (series of one) that I trotted out in The Newberg's honor couple years a go, that is to say, a one off. Though I could bring out my 'Prospecting' bit again (in honor of The Newberg, Hindman) to pop the helium balloons for some overhyped prospects (see Kiker, Thompson, Main, Grullon, Blackwell, Gomez, Whittleman, Abreu, Tullis, Murphy).


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