thehat wrote:LBJackal wrote:
Bottom line: Gathright has MUCH higher expectations than Goodwin, and rightfully so. He could be better than Crawford in terms of SB's and BA........ but he's a tiny guy (5'10" 175) so his power will be a lot lower probably. Then again, Bret Boone is the same size and weight, so ya never know. He could develop power down the road. All he needs is some roids.
I'll respectfully disagree from the expectation standpoint. Goodwin was a first round pick who a lot of folks thought was going to be a big star. It never happened, primarily because he was never strong enough to handle anything inside. Right now, Gathright is much the same. He's also a miserable outfielder from what I've seen and heard. He does have decent plate discipline, which is good for a speed guy.
I can't fault anyone for taking a shot at him if they really need SB's, but I think he's going to be overvalued somewhat.
His minor league OBA is almost 70 points higher than Goodwin's....... and Gathright did this at age 21/22 while Goodwin was 24/25/26 in the minors putting up worse stats.
You can respectfully disagree all you want, but Gathright is a much better prospect than Goodwin ever was. He doesn't get much press outside fantasy circles but he's a much better bet than Goodwin was to succeed.