Yeah and Manny sucks at 3rd base too...........................
Untapped potential, hell we got 5 pitchers with untapped potential named Tillman, Britton, Matuz, Arieta, Steve Johnson. You can even throw Tommy Hunter in there. We already have 6 pitchers with as much "upside" as Porcello. Why add another?
and yes it is ridiculous, even Dan Duquette knows that.
could probably become a good defensive third basemen, just as he could become a good defensive shortstop, but the longer he stays at third base, the less likely he will make the transition back to shortstop in a couple years, thus, reducing his positional value. The average shortstop's production is less than the average third basemen's production, no?
Tommy Hunter and Steve Johnson
do not have untapped potential. Their future in the Major Leagues will be in the bullpen. I'd take Porcello over Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, and Jake Arrieta. Britton and Porcello have similiar stuff, but Porcello has proven his stuff over 4 years, while Britton has just the one. They both probably top out as ground-ball #2's. I still believe that with good mechanics and a much better mentality, Jake Arrieta
could become a #1 starting pitcher. But the more and more I think about it, I just see him being a shutdown closer. I believe Chris Tillman
could be a #1 if his fastball was not as straight, and this will lead to homerun problems- #2. I don't know what to expect out of Brian Matusz
anymore. Think of it this way, out of the Cavalry and Rick Porcello, I'd only plug Chris Tillman and Rick Porcello into our rotation. And considering he'd be the youngest and most proven, makes him even more appealing.