Well getting back somewhat on topic to the original post. BA has a story on B.J. and what a veteran scout is saying about him, he thinks he should defiantly stay at SS. They say he has 17, but he made one today and minorleague baseball says 15 ... so that could be a typo.
Scout’s View: B.J. Upton
B.J. Upton technically isn't a prospect anymore, thanks to the Devil Rays giving him 159 at-bats in Tampa Bay last season. Upton hit .258 with a .409 slugging percentage and 46 strikeouts, showing flashes of the talent that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2002 draft.
But the 20-year-old is back in the minor leagues in 2005, and it's clear that's where he needs to be. The Devil Rays fiddled with Upton's position last year in the major leagues, playing him 13 games at third base, 16 games at shortstop and even once in the outfield. They've decided to try patience this year and sent Upton back to Triple-A Durham to work on his defense.
Early returns were not good, though. Upton made 17 errors in the Bulls' first 25 games, many of them on throws, a problem also plaguing his brother Justin, who projects to be the top pick in the 2005 draft. Scouts assessing the draft have mostly decided Justin Upton needs to move to center field, where he could be a premier defender and where his polished bat could move quickly.
But a veteran scout who watched him several times in April with the Bulls is just as convinced that B.J. Upton is far from done as a shortstop--if the Devil Rays can remain patient.
"There's no question he has the tools for shortstop. We have to understand, a lot has been thrown at this kid in a short time, including incredible expectations. He justifiably was put on the fast track, because he can really hit. There's no doubt he'll hit in my mind; he handles the ball inside as good as anyone I've seen.
"Right now, he's making a lot of errors, because he's playing tight; he's afraid to make errors, he's trying too hard, and that leads to more errors. He'll make a body-control play, for example, come in real good on a ball, come in fast and grab it, but then throw it too hard to first, or take a little off and bounce it over there. He's got a hose for an arm--it's a 70 arm--but he worries himself to death right now about it. Billy Evers is a player's manager, and he's the kind of manager who can let him play through it but also know when to put an arm around him and instill confidence in a guy who might be shaky.
"He doesn't nonchalant it. I haven't seen him carry a bad at-bat into the field with him, or vice-versa. He's a sharp kid with tons of ability, and a great future still. He's 20. If he had gone to college, he'd be a junior going into his first draft; instead, he's in Triple-A. Think about that before someone tries to bury him as a prospect.
"If they move him to the outfield, it would be the greatest mistake and travesty you could ever make with a player. He has the tools to play a premium position in the middle of the diamond, and to waste that would be awful. When he was drafted, the questions were whether or not he had enough bat to go No. 1 overall, because everyone thought he could definitely play shortstop, maybe be a potential Gold Glover. So that shows you how inexact this sport and this business is."
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/mi ... 4dish.html