hybrid wrote:Compare Gathright to Rios? Man you must really have no idea about either to ask that question.
that's not cool, hombre. i have heard the rios is a vernon wells clone with power/speed/avg capabilities. i have heard that gathright is faster than crawford.
my interest in comparison is in the probability that either one of these guys will start to light it up this year, next year, or later. jackal, your take is pretty helpful. i have watched some of rios' recent at-bats, and he is actually starting to look pretty sweet.
gathright (to me, anyway) still looks overmatched...until he's on base. there are a lot of good, young outfielders out there, now. crazy times for positions 7, 8 and 9.
lol, don't take it seriously benjapage. i didn't mean it as an insult or anything like that. but still asking that when players have nothing in common seems to show not much knowledge about them.
here are some good comparisons:
Gathright is pretty much a Pierre player. He is small like him and is the fastest player in the majors now. But as you pointed out he still looks over matched at times, though he did have a real good game last night. His real value is only in SB's, but there is no sure thing that he will stay up in the majors. He is up right now so Rocco doesn't have to play. The Craw/Pod comparison to me isn't as good as the Pierre one, cause Gathright will never develope power. But those 2 have a good chance to develope more then they have showed, which Pod is doing this year.
I think a real good comparison to Rios that no one I have seen mention is Baldelli. Rocco is 6'4" 187 and Rios 6'5" 194. Both are fairly young and both of their bodies haven't developed fully yet. So right now, both don't have much power and are mainly line drive hitters. Rios after getting off to a slow start has starting hitting a lot better of late. I comparison I have heard that many scouts feel, is that when he fills out they could see Juan Gonzalez power. They say Juan was just as skinny earlier in his career, but then added muscle and became a big power hitter. That in mind is why I don't think Rios will help you much in any 1 cat. Once he gets better hitting wise and his power comes along, he could be really good. Also he is quite fast, but as most know the Jays don't really run to much.
Hope that helps some, and sorry about the other comment. Wasn't trying to be mean but it probably came out that way.