J35J wrote:Its not about overreacting to slumps, its about him never playing above A ball and being out of baseball for 2+ years. He's been playing well, I'm happy for him, but I'd still be looking to sell him high as it would be very impressive if he can keep it up all season. Being out for 2 years and all the off the field problems I'd be surprised if his stamia and mentality is up for 162 games......I'll still expect a decline as the season goes on. I'm happy for him though, good story!
I'm so very much on the opposite side of that one.... After 3+ years out, he plays a few months of A-ball last year and he's doing this. I'd not be selling at all - my thoughts are he's going to be even better going into next year with a full season under his belt. (I shoudl mention I'm talking keeper here)
and as far as wearing out goes - you know he's an athletic freak, right? 6'4" 235 with like zero body fat. The Reds and those who see him up close say he's got the best arm and bat speed on the team.
I've brought it up before, but here's a #1 pick that scouts were calling a once in a generation type player, that Adam Dunn called the best player he'd ever seen in 1999, and called him that again this year in spring training. Why would Adam Dunn jsut throw that out? Then Ryan Freel is telling the manager that he'll sit to get the guy playing time if he has to. This doesn't happen every day.
This situation/player just feels different all around to me, as compared to other flashes in the pan.