osforlife wrote:The reason I would include Joe Mahoney on my top 30 prospect list is because he has a chance to help us one way or the other in the big leagues RIGHT NOW. And thats something some of these prospects will never do. Will he ever be a typical 1st basemen slugger? Probably not. Almost no chance really. Thats not his game. But look at James Loney, he's had a starting job all these years. Granted, Mahoney is putting up numbers in AAA that Loney puts up in the majors. But maybe Mahoney can figure it out in AAA next year and push himself into the majors. Or Joe could pull a Brandon Snyder and not improve at all.
osforlife wrote:The reason I would include Joe Mahoney on my top 30 prospect list is because he has a chance to help us one way or the other in the big leagues RIGHT NOW.
Matt P wrote:
How could he help the team right now?
osforlife wrote:I heard he has a good glove. And he is a lefty, so he could platoon with Reynolds. Even though he hits lefties and righties the same. He might be able to hit righties better than Reynolds.
Don wrote:Just b/c your not on any top prospect list, it does not mean that player cannot see the majors. You guys get hung on placements, it is the reason I really detest doing them in the first place.
Joe Mahoney is in the third or fourth tier of prospects in a group. These players have a shot to make the roster, but the potential for everyday player is likely limited do to a flaw or deficiency in their overall game.
Matt P wrote:
Mark Reynolds has been great with the glove at 1B. He is having the worst offensive season of his career and his OPS against right handed pitching is .635. Joe Mahoney has an OPS against right handed pitching of .678 in AAA. If his OPS is only .678 against them in AAA I doubt he would be better than Reynolds in the majors. Plus, Reynolds has the potential to go off at anytime.
Matt P wrote:Why do you think that?
1) He has a chance to be a future part of this team and Reynolds doesn't (and shouldn't)
2) His splits OVER THE LAST SIX WEEKS show that he MAY be a better choice against RHs than Reynolds
3) He may be the best defensive 3B in the entire system
4) The team will probably want to evaluate him in the ML AND in the AFL to decide whether he can be part of the future
Of course, Reynolds might use his bat to declare he doesn't want to BE part of a platoon and carry the team for a month or so but I have my doubts about that.
Matt P wrote:if they are still in a pennant race next month I don't think they are going to worry about evaluating players
Evaluating a player doesn't have to mean they are getting the bulk of the playing time. That being said I can still see Mahoney taking some ABs away from Reynolds UNLESS Reynolds gives the team a reason not to.
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