joshheines wrote:I'm a closet D-Rays fan. They're my new AL team.
C - Toby Hall
1 - ??? (Ryan Howard makes sense. Phillies want a CF. D-Rays need a future 1B. Gathright for Howard? Only problem is Gath has a weak arm. Even Rocco Baldelli for Howard.)
2 - Jorge Cantu
SS - BJ Upton (I don't think he'll stick here. Too many errors)
OF - Delmon Young
OF - Carl Crawford
OF - Rocco Baldelli
DH - Elijah Dukes, Johnny Gomes, Joey Gathright
Believe it or not the future pitching staff looks decent.
P - Scott Kazmir
P - Jeff Niemann
P - Jason Hammel
P - Wade Townsend
P - Chad Orvella
I'd like to see the following line-up in 2007
1) Gathright (.400 OBP with 50+ steals)
2) Crawford (Fantasy monster with .300/20 HR/40 SB)
3) BJ Upton
4) Delmon Young (The Next Pujols. .320/40/120/10)
5) Jorge Cantu
6) Rocco Baldelli
8) Toby Hall
Nah. I disagree with the Ryan Howard suggestion. First of all, I don't like Howard that much. He has proven that he can hit at an AAA level, but can he hit in the majors? His strikeout numbers are as gaudy as his power numbers. Howard reminds a lot of players like Daryle Ward. It seems like they must work on making consistent contact; something that is harder said than done. Wes Bankston
should be our future 1B. He hits pretty well, has decent pop. He's not a lights out top prospect, but he's cheap, home-grown talent who will be more than adequate. If not him, we have such a log-jam in the OF that we could probably move one to 1B. Even though Delmon has a cannon for an arm in right, he seems like the logical candidate. Delmon is slower than the rest and figures to slow down even more as he ages. Putting a CF candidate with good legs like Dukes, Gath, or Baldelli at 1B doesn't make too much sense.
I think Gomes is merely a stopgap and doesn't have the potential like the others and should be viewed as trade bait or a future fourth outfielder. He would fit pretty well on the Oakland A's with his high number of walks. Since they already have Swisher and Johnson up there, it might be another Moneyball team.
I love Gathright because I think speed changes the game on a basis that the box scores can't capture. Just having that threat changes the complexion of the game and how the pitcher pitches. I want to see Gathright/Crawford 1-2, but knowing where our team stands with the number of OFs we have, I know one of the guys will get dealt. I'm hoping it's Baldelli, but it could very well be Gathright.
I would want this particular lineup:
3B ? for now...Brignac would be the one in a few years. Marte would be nice, but somehow, I don't really see the Braves biting on anything for him. Though with Chipper entrenched there, it's certainly possible.
With Gathright's speed in center, if he works on his defense a little, he could provide superb range.