A lot of smart people liked him. A guy who I believe is RC reincarnated elsewhere likened him to a young Steve Finley.
Watching video of him he looks like a hitter to me. Never going to be a power guy, but a guy who could take advantage of the gaps in Petco, put the ball in play, and provide value on the defensive side of the game.
His upside isn't a 4th outfielder. Likely outcome, perhaps, but he's a better talent then given credit for.
His ultimate upside isn't 4th outfielder. That's where the optimistic and probability lines meet, though. A Finley comp wouldn't have been outrageous for Payne, Chalk, Drew Macias, Kory DeHaan, or a... more
Maybe I'm just making excuses, but the draft luxury tax and our aggressiveness early probably means fewer risks the rest of the way. I can't see the Padres signing too many guys for up to 1.75x the... more
Do you think the HS arms are going to get so much over slot that we exhaust our pool? I ask because it doesn't seem that way to me -- that the first 14 picks are going to cost us $9.9M, unless they... more
I think it's tough to say how it's going to go. But we got four first round talents according to many folks -- and they have leverage in that they could go to college. The slotting will make things... more
I think there are going to be plenty of "last minute" style deals from now on, teams and players not announcing deals until 30 minutes before deadline.....that is, unless they are for exactly slot.... more