Is it possible that were misplacing how 1b prospects are viewed in terms of value? Rizzo was a nice prospect, that was well-regarded by the industry, but calling him an elite 1b prospect is far different then calling him an elite prospect, due to the contrast in values between 1b almost every other position. His pre-season rankings:
BA - #47 BP - #75 MLB - #37 Law - #36
The RJ comment was dumb, should have left it out, but I just thought it was interesting to see that kind of discrepancy.
Honestly I don't really see much comparisson between Cashner & Poreda. Remember reports of Poreda hitting 100 with the Sox only to peak around 93-94 (avg 92) when he came up to the Padres. Atleast Cashner's gas is legit, not to mention not having those gawd awful walk numbers in the upper minors as part of his "track record". Not sure who the lefty Cashner would be but it sure as heck wouldn't be Poreda... what a dud!
It's like Crash Davis says at the end of Bull Durham: Why was everybody somebody famous in a past life? It's a lot more likely that Cashner's LH comp is Aaron Poreda and not Randy Johnson. Sure, some ... more
Re: Oh, and on Randy Johnson Chase,Wed Jul 11 11:53
I don't think so, given how teams pay first basemen. Of baseball's top 15 salaries, 5 of them play 1b, one fewer than SP. It would take amazing mental gymnastics for front offices to believe that... more