Prospect Watch: Huge Night From Altoona Bats, Glasnow Report, Meadows Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season, he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, HR

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 4-for-9, 2 2B

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, BB

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

8. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB, SB

10. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

11. Kevin Newman, SS, Morgantown – 0-for-3, BB

12. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, GCL – DNP

13. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

14. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

15. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

18. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2B

19. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4

20. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

21. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

22. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

23. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona – 4-for-8, BB

24. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 3B

25. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona  – DNP

26. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown – 2-for-4

27. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

28. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL – 0-for-1

29. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

30. Jacob Taylor, RHP, GCL – DNP

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 6-for-8, 2B

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (14), Austin Meadows (4), Mikell Granberry (4)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 2

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: After another ice cold June, Tony Sanchez has seen a nice bounce back in July. Coming into the contest, Sanchez had six hits in nine at bats in the second half of the season. This was a hot trend that continued on Tuesday night, as Sanchez added an RBI double in three at bats.

After a tough stretch at the beginning of the season, Chris Volstad has been consistent since. This trend also continued on Tuesday night, as he spread out seven hits and two walks over seven innings to only allow two runs. While command was an issue early in the contest for Volstad, he was effectively wild, as he struck out five hitters in the game.

Since allowing three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings on July 12th, Josh Wall had his third straight scoreless outing on Tuesday. In fact, seven of Wall’s last eight appearances have been scoreless. Blake Wood struck out a pair in his inning of work.

After a rare hitless contest Monday night, Alen Hanson also added a pair of hits on Tuesday and scored the tying run in the eighth after singling and reaching second on an error. Gift Ngoepe added a double of his own in the game.

Willy Garcia tripled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Steve Lombardozzi singled him in to walk off. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 18, Erie 7

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, LF – 4-for-4, BB

Dan Gamache, 3B – 4-for-5, 2B

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Josh Bell, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-5

Sebastian Valle, C – 3-for-5, 2B

Eric Wood, DH – 3-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: As Game One of the Curve’s doubleheader against Erie wore on, I realized that all of the notes and stats I was writing down about the hitters would run on for page after page. The Altoona Curve tied a franchise record with 18 runs and broke a franchise record with 24 hits, all in six innings.

Every position player had a multi-hit game for the Curve, with Jose Osuna and Dan Gamache each collecting four hits in the game. Stetson Allie capped off a six run, eight hit fifth inning with a grand slam home run, giving him five RBIs on the day. Max Moroff walked twice and collected two more hits, giving him a league leading 117 hits and raising his batting average to .325.

The first five players in the Curve batting order (Frazier, Moroff, Bell, Osuna, Gamache) all finished the game with a season-long batting average over .300, with Adam Frazier leading the way at .351. Jose Osuna scored a Curve franchise record five runs in the game.

Lost in all of the hitting was another strong pitching performance from Tyler Glasnow, although he was not nearly as sharp as he has been of late. He walked four batters, which is more than he has in all of his last four starts combined. Not coincidentally, all three of the runs scored against him were base runners that were walked. He had a 61% strike rate on the game, which is down from the 70% he has averaged in the four games he has pitched since returning to Altoona from injury.

Although he was not as sharp, his fastball velocity sat between 94-97 MPH and reached 98 a few times. He didn’t seem to have his top velocity on his fastball overall, but the curveball looked extremely good. He used the curveball early and late in the count, and he made batters look foolish with two strikes using the pitch. Batters were mostly way out in front of the curve; however, there were occasions where batters tried to wait on it and still couldn’t time it correctly.

Glasnow had extremely long waits between innings, which may have contributed to his inconsistencies when facing the first batter of the inning. He also looked out of sorts with his battery mate Sebastian Valle in the first inning of the game with multiple meetings on the mound and looking crossed up a few times. He said after the game that he felt uncomfortable in his windup all night, leading to the multiple leadoff walks. – Sean McCool

 

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Erie 7

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edward Salcedo, PH-3B – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-3

Josh Bell, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Dan Gamache, 3B-2B – 2-for-3

Game Notes: After 18 runs and 24 hits for the Curve in game one of the doubleheader, it took them until the 7th inning to discover the bats again in game two. And discover the bats they did, coming back from a 7-1 deficit in the 7th inning to win by a score of 8-7. The second win, coupled with the amazing display of hitting in the first game, may be the wildest doubleheader of professional baseball I’ve ever seen.

Before the 7th, Edward Salcedo was responsible for the lone Curve run, entering the game as a pinch hitter for Max Moroff and hitting an RBI double to the wall, scoring Adam Frazier. (He was thrown out after over-sliding third base.)

In the top of the 7th, Brett McKinney came in to relieve Tom Harlan, only to last 0.2 IP with four hits, two walks, and five earned runs given up. McKinney’s ERA on the year went up to 10.93 after his night. He went four outings in a row without giving up a run earlier this month; however, an eight run outing on June 12th and this five run affair tonight have inflated his ERA.

In the bottom of the 7th, Eric Wood singled, Adam Frazier singled, and Salcedo tripled to right field to score both and draw the score to 7-3. Josh Bell singled to center field to score Salcedo, making the score 7-4. After Bell, Jose Osuna and Dan Gamache both singled followed by a Stetson Allie walk. Finally, Andy Vasquez doubled to left field where the left fielder mishandled the ball, scoring both Gamache and Allie for the comeback win.

Edward Salcedo was the Curve’s most impressive hitter tonight, with a double, triple, and deep fly to center for a fly out. Josh Bell drove the ball to the deep right-center gap in the first inning for his 16th double of the season and second double of the day.

Matt Benedict started the game and only went 3.1 innings, allowing three hits (all singles), one strikeout, and no walks. Benedict threw 37 strikes on 52 pitches for a 71% strike rate. Overall, he looked very solid in his short appearance. Tom Harlan relieved Benedict in the fourth, and he allowed a two-run home run in the sixth inning after walking the leadoff hitter.

Max Moroff was removed from the game in the third inning, and the removal was labeled as a manager’s decision by Tom Prince. No other information was made available on the decision. – Sean McCool

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 7, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, DH – 2-for-5, 2B

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, BB

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Clay Holmes looked great in his first two starts with Bradenton, combining for one run in ten innings. That wasn’t the case tonight, as he gave up three runs on three walks and three hits in 3.1 innings. Holmes has dealt with control problems in the past, but really made some good strides with cutting down the walks in the second half of the 2013 season in West Virginia. After missing all of 2014 with Tommy John, the hope was that he would carry the improved control over when he returned from the injury. He had just two walks in the first two games with Bradenton, and just one walk in his 14.1 innings in the GCL, so the hope is that this is just an outlier.

Austin Meadows hit his fourth homer. He has been crushing the ball since the All-Star break, putting up a .344/.378/.453 line in 128 at-bats. The All-Star break cutoff is significant, since the Pirates gave him some time off at that time, giving him a ten day break before the second half of the FSL season. Barrett Barnes continues showing some nice power, hitting his 16th double of the year, and posting a .162 ISO. Harold Ramirez made his return from the Pan-Am tournament, picking up a hit and stealing his 12th base of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off today.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Brooklyn 3

Starting Pitcher: Bret Helton, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Logan Hill, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Kramer, 2B – 2-for-4

Maximo Rivera, DH – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Nick Hibbing, RHP – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bret Helton got off to a rocky start in his pro career, giving up eight earned runs in 7.1 innings over his first three starts. In his last three outings he has combined to give up four earned runs in 15 innings, which is a much better pace. He also has a 13:4 K/BB ratio in that span, compared to a 5:6 ratio in his first three starts. Those are some positive trends for the 9th round pick. Logan Hill has been impressive, hitting for a .350/.444/.530 line in 100 at-bats. That comes with the usual disclaimer that he’s a college hitter in a college league, so he should be used to the quality of pitching here. Kevin Kramer added two hits, and is now 9-for-32 in his last eight games, with hits in seven of those games.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 6, Burlington 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, DH – 3-for-6

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Billy Roth has been a personal sleeper pick this year, mostly because every time I saw him in Spring Training and extended Spring Training, he was throwing 93-96 MPH with ease, and holding that velocity into the later innings. He just missed our top 30 due to some historical command issues, including 33 walks in 45 innings last year in the Appy league. Roth did walk four batters in three innings on July 8th, but for the most part his control has been much improved this year, with just eight walks in 24 innings. He’s also striking out a lot of guys, with 21 strikeouts on the season. There is the disclaimer that he’s repeating the level, but Roth is still young (just turned 20 last month) and his velocity makes him a very interesting pitcher to watch, especially if the recent trend with his control continues.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Braves 9, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jhoan Herrera, 1B – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael De La Cruz, CF – 2-for-4

Sam Kennelly, 3B – 2-for-3, BB

Jose Batista, LHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Luis Escobar had a horrible start today, although the bright side was that he was throwing mid-90s, hitting 94-95 MPH. Escobar is 19 years old, and has put up some impressive starts this year. His last four outings saw him combine for two earned runs in 18.2 innings, with a 17:4 K/BB ratio. However, today was his second start of the year where he failed to make it out of the first inning. The stuff is there, but he needs to improve his consistency.

Ke’Bryan Hayes has been out since last Friday when he left early in game two of a double header. He has been out with a hand bruise, and is feeling better now. He expected to be back in the lineup today, but that didn’t happen. He should return soon. Today was a big day for rehab appearances, with Justin Sellers playing at shortstop and Jonathan Schwind playing in right field.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Rangers 1

Starting Pitcher: Yerry De Los Santos, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mikell Granberry, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Hernandez, C – 3-for-4, 3B

Melvin Jimenez, 2B – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Rudy Guzman, CF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates had three-hit games from four different players in an 8-1 win on Tuesday. Mikell Granberry hit his fourth homer of the season and drove in three runs. Rudy Guzman scored two runs and had two doubles and a triple. Melvin Jimenez had two doubles and drove in two runs from the lead-off spot. Catcher Raul Hernandez scored once, drove in a run and collected his first career triple. The rest of the lineup went 1-for-23, with All-Star outfielder Felix Vinicio adding the only other hit, his eighth double of the season. The seven run margin of victory is the third biggest this season for the DSL Pirates, who now have an 18-26 record, with 28 games left in their season.

On the pitching side, starter Yerry De Los Santos threw four shutout innings and put up an 8:0 GO/AO ratio. It’s his first scoreless outing in nine career starts. Reliever Julian Villamar showed the great potential he has on the mound, striking out six over three innings. When Villamar is on, he is a dominating pitcher, but he is rarely on for long. In 26.1 innings this season, he has 25 walks and 35 strikeouts.He throws 94-95 MPH with good downward movement, and complements that fastball with a sharp breaking curve, that sits mid-80’s. – John Dreker

  • Anybody know if there is anything to the Moroff going to Indy and someone from there going to the majors. I heard Hanson, but knowing the way the bucs promote I think Florimon is more likely.

  • Dan Farnsworth at FanGraphs with another excellent article on swing mechanics: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/correa-bogaerts-and-the-development-of-power/

    If you want to know why Josh Bell isn’t/wasn’t getting to his power, the answer is here.

    • That’s a great article, thanks for the link!

    • So why doesn’t EVERY batter start doing that?

      • Well first of all, that’s kind of like asking why doesn’t every pitcher have Gerrit Cole’s perfect mechanics. It’s not necessarily easy to change.

        Second, not every batter would benefit from adding that sort of loft to their swing. I doubt you’d want Alen Hanson, Reese McGuire, or Harold Ramirez to make that change. Doubtful you’d end up with a more productive overall hitter.

        But for guys with a combination of natural size/strength, bat speed, and contact rates like Bell and Austin meadows you’d almost certainly end up with a better hitter by trading power for average.

        • Trading power for average…you still wind up with a likely .280 or .270 hitter but with a lot more power, correct?

          • For hitters with a plus hit tool like Bell and Meadows, I wouldn’t doubt .270 at all.

          • I prefer to see the whole power over average thing develop naturally…and sometimes doubles and triples are just fine. It’s like the difference between mike Schmidt and George Brett. Very different hitters but similar results over the long hull…they just did it differently. I would rather meadows be a .300 hitting 40 double, 10 hr guy than jay Bruce.

            • I have see. Mike Schmidt said he could have hit .300 of he wanted to.

            • Why does it have to be one or the other? These players are supposed to be top talent, AKA able to do both

              • And not even so much both, as in batting .300 with 30+ HR, but a more productive combination of skills.

                This doesn’t mean sell out for power. It means altering swing plane such that it doesn’t take absolutely perfect contact in order to drive balls in the air. No reason in the world exists for guys with above average or better power potential to have high ground ball rates.

                Try doing the same analysis of tracking hands through contact with the current version of Pedro Alvarez and you’ll quickly see why he’s hitting so many ground balls.

                • I absolutely agree NMR. Take a look at the ground ball rates for Jose Bautista up through his first year in Toronto, then compare them with every year after. That’s all the evidence i need

              • I dont think anyone said it had to be…but a lot of times it is. Even Griffey Jr sacrificed average for power.

                • Not until he went to Cinci….in Seattle he excelled at both

                  • I have to disagree Y2J. Griffey hit .292 with Seattle which is very good but did you see the guy in his prime? He could have been a .330 hitter every year. Flawless swing and more ability than just about anyone. He hit .308 or higher including over .320 twice 4 years in a row before age 25 and then never posted any of those numbers again including all of his prime years. In Cinci his average really declined for multiple reasons including age and nonstop injuries. He did hit 48 or more HR from 26-29 with a substantial decrease in doubles over this time. You definitely can’t argue with the results with 600+ homers and first ballot HOF next year. But he definitely changed his approach in the “Chicks dig the longball” era.

                    • To me. .290+ and 30 homers plus every year is excelling in both, so i’m not sure how you can disagree…..

                    • I just told you why. Lol

                    • It’s all in the peripheral numbers and comparisons between early and mid career

                    • fair enough, i’ll buy that Freddy. To me, it seemed like his batting average never came back after that broken wrist spiderman catch he made in Seattle in center field, but thats just a memory, i’m not sure how reliable it is. I haven’t actually checked his stats before and after

                    • Going back to the whole history thing and just one example but the difference between George Brett and Mike Schmidt offensively is tough to compare. Brett had the classic lefthanded swing and had 600 doubles and low 300 homers and hit .300-.310 every year. Schmidt hit .260-.270 and walked a little more and pounded nearly 550 HR before the juiced era. It’s all preference…over the long run I prefer a guy like Brett because of the consistency that average and a bunch of XBH give you but the extra walks and 200 more HR of schmidt gives you more instant offense. Both of these guys were beasts and I love the contact hitter but no way I take Wade Boggs over schmidt or brett…it’s like taking tony gwynn over griffey. Power is instant offense and an incredibly high average without the power is extra work the rest of the team has to do. I think the great ones are so great that at some point they have to choose what they want to be. Boggs and Gwynn could have hit 20 HR a year but they wouldn’t be hitting .330-.340 for a decade…it’s an interesting debate.

                    • Then you have Joe Mauer who instantly lost the ability for both after his season where he was able to do both….

                    • Not sure what is going on with him. He’s looking like a guy who injuries and playing catcher has made old quickly.

                    • He didn’t forget how to hit until they ripped him away from catcher….

                    • I don’t really mind trading 20 doubles and 15 singles over the course of the year for an extra 15 homeruns. In the end the total bases are still about even or on the side of the homers still…..

    • Awesome article. Thanks, as always, NMR.

      The truth is that when you look at Josh Bell, at his body type and his sweet lefty swing, you really dream on him being even better than a 20 homer guy…more like a 30 homer guy. The kid is BIG, stout, and physically gifted…if he could get the loft on his swing and let his physicality and talent take over he could easily hit for power.

      • Could not agree more.

        That was, by far, the best explanation of the “power will come” narrative I’ve ever seen. Farnsworth nailed it. Power doesn’t just appear, it develops in two ways: physical maturation and swing change.

        • You know who Josh Bell reminds me of, physically? His build reminds me of Pedro Alvarez or Ryan Howard. HIs bat speed, and his advanced hitting ability (eye)…he’s got a much better bat than either of these two. But his body and build say he should hit homers similar to what they have…I would take 20 from him if he keeps hitting .280+

          • Can’t say I remember exactly what Howard looked like at this age, but I bet you Bell is even bigger than Alvarez was at 22.

            I’ll disagree with you on the “much” better bat comment, however. It’s easy to forget that Alvarez posted higher walk rates and much better overall production than Bell in AA at the same age (22) while also being ranked the 6th best hitting prospect in baseball that year. Bell unquestionably has better contact skills and most likely a better hit tool in general, but Alvarez was arguably the better hitter.

    • Interesting – will take a look. Clemente hit just 10 homers in his age 29 season and 12 the year after. BA .339/329. After hearing the “but you don’t hit enough home runs to be considered truly great” from fans and the local media he had a 29 HR season at age 31 followed by 23 – and his average did not really suffer – .317 then perhaps his best all around year 1967 he hit .357 and had a career high WAR of 7.7. Not sure if he changed his swing – or just got annoyed at the critics – who were often brutal.

      • Thanks, Bruce. You bring up a good point.

        Hitting more balls in the air most certainly does not *guarantee* a drop in batting average, let alone a large one. I’ve argued in the past that Starling Marte has enough raw power that he’d be a more productive hitter if he traded ground balls for fly balls. I was told that would be dumb because it would kills his batting average which in turn drop his OBP and reduce his impact on the bases.

        Starling Marte’s most productive season to date was last year, which also happened to be his lowest ground ball rate, highest fly ball rate, AND highest batting average year.

      • forbes field was a dead pull hitter park, clemente went gap to gap and hit for average in a real big ball park. if stargell and clemente played at 3 rivers for all of their careers, stargell may have been the hr king and clemente would of hit a lot more hr’s

  • Roth is a good pick and also has a decent Pirate-like GO/AO Ratio. Of those 8 Walks this year, 4 came in one bad game. Scooter Hightower continues to do well 17 IP, 10 H, 17 K’s and is also Pirate-like in that I think he is a 6’6″ RHP.

  • Could Moroff be a part of trade discussions? He would have some trade value right now since he’s tearing up AA ball and is not on the 40 man.

    • I really hope not. I think he has huge upside. Never been sold on Hanson and Moroff has the OBP skills that are very rare in our system and on the current MLB team. I also think he has more defensive versatility than Hanson.

      • Both Moroff and Hanson are in their age 22 seasons, both are switchhitters, both are doing well, both are playing 2B, but Hanson is at AAA while Moroff is at AA. I like both, but Hanson would be my pick if I had to choose.

        Hanson probably has the edge in overall footspeed, power, and numbers of RBI’s each year even though batting almost exclusively at leadoff. Moroff probably has the edge in W/K Ratio, and although his OBP numbers are near .400 in 2015, he has averaged around .340 in past years.

        Hanson steals more bases – averages around 25 and has the much better SB/CS Ratio. Hanson has 7 errors so far this season at 2B in AAA while Moroff has 11 errors so far at 2B this season in AA. Don’t know if I would want either playing SS based on past performances at that position.

        • There is definitely a lot to be excited about with both players. Hoping moroff can be a poor mans chase Utley type player. Hanson might not ever be more than a .330 obp type player but he does so many other things…with the power and speed combo even if he is a .250-.260 hitter he is going to be valuable.

      • I think you trade whichever player can give you the best return, and to me- that would be Hanson. I feel good that Moroff would be able to take over when Neil leaves at the end of the contract, assuming this year is legit

    • I would not love to see Moroff traded, but depending on the return…you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. I honestly think Moroff could probably play better and hit better in the majors right now than Brent Morel…but we do not promote people from AA.

      • You have several players in AA tearing it up so your point of promoting from AA is just what I was thinking. It’s not common for us but other teams have done it if the player was extremely productive. I think the Cubs recently promoted someone from A ball for a short piece… and the catcher who just came up I think from AA… Shwarber?
        Even Dan Gamache at 3b hitting .330 should be considered over Morel at this point, but there are 3 3b/SS players and a 1b player all hitting over .300 who could probably help right now and no trade is needed.
        Is this the right move? Well consider this when else is a player like Gamache going to get a shot really? Give the shot now at 3b and let him sink or swim. If the bat plays for a few weeks you have something.

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