Registered_Guest wrote:I like Crawford over Rocco as well. I think one or the other will be dealt within the next year or year-n-half (Crawford to the Phils for Gavin Floyd & possibly Byrd being the most prominent rumor).
The D'rays Must develop (unlikely) or obtain at least 2 arms to be competitive (meaning in the playoff/wildcard hunt) in the future.
The question of when I think depends on how Joey Gathright adjusts to the majors. If people think Crawford's fast, you've seen nothing if Gathright is able to get on base consistently.
The only way the franchise is going to survive in Tampa is if they become good....within the next 2-3 years. I really don't know how they've survived this long there personally.
The franchise is only going to get better, they are having a lot of top talent come up now. Your starting to see it w/ Rocco and Crawford, more will come up in thenear future.
Also I don't think they will trade either for pitching. Niemann can make an impact soon and we also have another really good prospect in Seddon in double A. We have a few others in the bigs now that can turn into solid pitchers.
Houser's deceptive down there.
Dewon Brazelton, remember, was the #2 overall pick in 2001. They (management) admits that they screwed around with his delivery and mechanics way too much. They've let him go back to what he did at MTU and he's bounced back pleasantly. He was the best pitcher at the AFL this year. He had a solid start last time out, albeit against Colorado.
Upton's the obvious stud. He's going to be a big time SS and we all know that for a fact. Delmon is going to be a scary power hiter.
Watch out for Joey Gathright. Speedy guy...dubbed the fastest player in the minors. Slowed down a bit at AA for some reason, but is tearing up AAA again. Supposedly "Crawford with plate discipline." Yeah...that'd be pretty damn good.
I heard that we may try to move Crawford when Gathright's ready. I think that'd be a mistake. I, too, believe CC has power potential that hasn't showed yet. He's been trying to get on base right now.
Jonny Gomes will be traded for some much needed pitching help.
However, our 2002 draft OF group of Dukes, Pridie, and Bankston has been unimpressive, though. Pridie isn't hitting for average, Dukes was kicked off the Single-A team (related to the misdemeanor charge?), and Bankston's had power, I believe, but that's it.
It's looking up in Tampa! Just imagine if we get Justin Upton in the draft, too.
I hope we don't trade what we have right now or get rid of it. OF may be stacked, but come on, let the guys stick together. They've come up together and should get a shot at showing what they can do.
Final Note: Josh Hamilton...imagine if HE gets his life straightened out.
1B Young to 1st perhaps (bear with me)
This team would hit...suspect D of course...but I just wanted to throw the hitting lineup out to y'all. Scary eh?