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Postby Patella Tendon » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:06 pm

cleveland just called him up

he is #9 on baseball america's list

is he a worthy pickup?
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Postby JOEG » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:12 pm

Where does he fit in? if he gets a start he is a valuable pick up ASAP as that lineup is special right now, he's a great prospect and would of been making more nosie if he didn't get sick in ST and lose all that weight

Wow

David Wright
JR House - huge sleeper if Kendell gets moved....
Jeremy Gutherie
Justin Morneau
Grady Seizemore

Whose next in this call up week to remember?

Bossman?
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Postby godallahstar » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:14 pm

Grady Sizemore is projected to be a player to hit for very high average, not sure about the power, at least as of now.

He's just a kid, and isn't even hitting 300 in AAA,
only 7 home runs and 49 rbi.

It depends on if he gets in the lineup daily, and where he's hitting. He could knock in a few runs, score a few, and maybe steal a bag or two, But I would pass.
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Postby JOEG » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:15 pm

Funny I was reading the central division preview of the INdians in BA and they called him a poor mans Brian Giles.

Was a nice football prospect if I remember right.
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Postby GrimZeke007 » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:19 pm

Top Prospect: Grady Sizemore, of

Age: 21 Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 200 Bats: L Throws: L
Drafted: HS–Everett, Wash., 2000 (3rd round)
Signed by: Scott Goldby (Expos)

Background: Sizemore was considered the third-best prospect in the trade that brought him from Montreal to Cleveland for Bartolo Colon in mid-2002. Since switching organizations, Sizemore has eclipsed infielder Brandon Phillips and lefty Cliff Lee, who came with him from the Expos, and established that he has a higher ceiling than anyone in the system. A high school quarterback who signed a letter of intent with Washington after being recruited by several other Pacific-10 Conference schools, Sizemore gave up football to sign for $2 million. He’s a high-energy, intense competitor who draws comparisons to other football-to-baseball converts such as Kirk Gibson. Sizemore looks like he made the right decision. In 2003, he led Indians minor leaguers in runs and hits, topped the Double-A Eastern League in triples and was named MVP of the Futures Game. He hit .412 as Akron won the EL playoffs, then batted third for Team USA at the Olympic qualifying tournament in November.

Strengths: It has been a long time since a player with this many tools has emerged from the Indians system. Sizemore has the full package, the potential to be a marquee player, and is as close to being an untouchable as the Indians have in their minor league system. He uses the entire field and controls the strike zone well, projecting as a .300 hitter in the majors. His power is coming quicker than expected, as he stroked 13 homers last year after totaling six in his first three seasons. There’s a lot more to come, as he was an EL all-star at the tender age of 20. Sizemore’s speed and center-field range are well-above-average. He’s quick out of the batter’s box and has tremendous baserunning instincts. He’s still learning the art of basestealing but should become at least a 20-20 player as he matures. Along with all his physical skills, Sizemore also has off-the-charts makeup. He’s an aggressive, blue-collar player with a tremendous desire to succeed.

Weaknesses: There are few flaws in Sizemore’s overall game. His arm grades as a 35 on the 20-80 scouting scale, though it’s playable in center field. He compensates by getting to balls and unloading them quickly. Sizemore’s walk rate declined in 2003, though it was still respectable. That seems to be the tradeoff, at least at first, for the increase in power. After succeeding on just 57 percent of his steal attempts the last two years, he must improve his reads and jumps.

The Future: Sizemore isn’t far from being major league-ready at age 21. With a surplus of young outfielders on the major league roster, the Indians have no need to push him and he’ll start 2004 as the center fielder in Triple-A Buffalo. He should make his big league debut at some point during the season.
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Postby shortsavage » Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:36 pm

godallahstar wrote:Grady Sizemore is projected to be a player to hit for very high average, not sure about the power, at least as of now.

He's just a kid, and isn't even hitting 300 in AAA,
only 7 home runs and 49 rbi.

It depends on if he gets in the lineup daily, and where he's hitting. He could knock in a few runs, score a few, and maybe steal a bag or two, But I would pass.


It should be noted that Grady played through a stomache virus through about the first month and a half of the season. He hit under .200 during that time. It is very impressive that he has gotten his average up in the .290s since then. Rotoworld.com decided not to mention this in their most recent update on Sizemore. Maybe they are hoping to grab him off of waivers in their AL-Only leagues, and trying to let him sleep a little.

Like many blue chip prospects, Sizemore was not called up to sit. It looks like Coco Crisp is going to have to start sitting a lot more with Grady up.
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Postby godallahstar » Thu Jul 22, 2004 3:03 am

ah.. i didn't know that,
guess it clears up the avg issue.
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