nathan050904 wrote:I don't agree with either poster about him having to move from SS.
John Sickels "Defensively, his best attribute is a strong arm, although said arm is often inaccurate. He has good range, and despite his size won't have to move to third base."
I don't believe Sickels was able to see Brignac first hand last year, and he's going on heresay.
nathan050904 wrote:Baseball America "There were concerns that he might outgrow shortstop, but he eased them in 2006 and continued to show plus arm strength...Brignac needs more consistency with his defense, particularly his throwing...Brignac has the talent and intangibles to be Tampa Bay's starting shortstop within the next two years."
Needs more consistency on defense....meaning he isn't solid enough to be a ss at the ML level.
nathan050904 wrote:Deric McKamey (Baseball HQ) "May stay at SS with solid range and average arm, but needs to soften hands and reduce errors."
May stay at SS.....meaning likely will need to be moved. Needs to soften hands and reduce errors. If you've played ball before, you should know that there's a point where people either have soft hands or they don't. You can only train so much to soften your hands, and Brignac just doesn't have it. If the D-Rays really wanted him in their lineup by the end of this year, then they will need to find him a more suitable position. Personally, I don't see him being called up unless it's for coffee in September. If they bring this kid up everyday, they could easily harm his career by exposing him too early. One solid year of ball in a hitter's league doesn't equal everyday status at the ML level.