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Postby Cleveland Steamers » Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:08 am

He actually had 17 this year. He has plus-plus speed but doesnt yet have baserunning instincts. Last I heard, the Cubs plan on having Vince Coleman work with him. The guy is getting bigger and stronger (only 21) and should continue to hit for more power. I fully expect him to steal more successfully in the majors when he gets some extensive baserunning work.
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:15 pm

he had a foot injury in 2005 (only played 59 games). not sure if that affected him in 2006.

really needs to work on base running skills as his success rate is pretty bad.
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Postby greenbaydude1232 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:13 pm

as a cubs fan I can tell you that the injury did affect him... Don't give up on this guy hes a 5-tool potential guy!
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Postby Koby Schellenger » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:25 pm

A lot of times parent teams instruct minor league coaches and managers not to allow players to run wild at the AA and AAA levels.

To illustrate this here are the number of players at each level that had more than 50 SBs. The high in in parenthesis:
AAA: 0 (46)
AA: 2 (68)
A+: 5 (63)
A: 5 (87)

If you look at distributions you'd find that as you move up in class the range gets smaller and the mean gets smaller and the variance gets smaller. That chart will hold to form if you do it with 40 SB, 35 SB and so on. One explanation for this is that teams want to make sure that their prospects at higher levels are stealing correctly. That is why Felix Pie, for example, was sent to the Arizona Instructional League to work on his base stealing ability.

So, after a lengthy digression, Pie is not switiching from speed to semi-power. He is and always has been a five-tool player. The power has always been there in his ability to drive the ball into the gaps. It's only now that after adding some weight and muscle he's able to drive it over the fence.
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