GotowarMissAgnes wrote:Given that Cuban teams are often very competitive in international play, I'd suspect the coaching is pretty good myself. And he's had all of February-October to demonstrate any improvement from coaching without any success so far. He was 7 for 11 before the ASB and 6 for 11 afterwards. Maybe you can take something from his 3 for 4 performance in September, but that's a pretty small sample against a lot of second tier catchers.
Stranger things have happened, but as rotoauthority demonstrates with their analysis of spring training cliches, a lot of this bs about what players are trying to improve never pans out.
and as they demonstrated, a lot of this bs about what players are trying to improve DOES pan out......it's not a guarantee by any means, but it shouldn't be ignored completely
anyone who watched alexei a decent amount last year (especially early in the year when he was playing CF) can see his has the pure speed and is one of the fastest players on the white sox........it's also public knowledge that the sox want to run more then they did last year and have more speed at the top of their lineup
so he needs improved base running skills, no doubt about it....he didn't steal at a great rate last year, and he didn't steal at a great rate in cuba.....but i think with a year experience under his belt watching pitchers, their moves, and catchers he'll have a better idea what he's up against........ and with his focus on that area this spring (vs. last spring when he was trying to just find his feet in NA - on the field and off it) we are going to see some big improvements