Seafordeagles wrote:I think Britton will be in the bullpen and Stinson will be the odd man out.
I think Pearce gets moved.
I can't comment any on Phelps (just looked at his stats and he's not the greatest defender) but I know Buck likes defense so that probably means Flaherty and Casilla.
Out of the four players competing for second base, I think Ryan Flaherty defintely has the best shot of winning the job. However, if I was in charge, he would go down to AAA. Flaherty has an awful .221/.279/.378 at the major league level, and a bad .249/.288/.429 in AAA too. The majority of that was in the PCL too. Who knows if he can even hit AAA International League pitching. I think he has the most potential of the bunch, but I'm a firm believer that quality time at each minor league affiliate is beneficial. Let's see if he can hit AAA first, and then he can be brought up to the next Ben Zobrist.
I don't really have much hope/interest in Jemile Weeks. His numbers in AAA last year were decent, but he was in the PCL. A .271 batting average in the PCL is nothing eye-catching. I like his batting eye, and he has solid speed, but he doesn't hit or field well enough to back those up. Let's see if he can hit Internation League pitching, and maybe he can carve at a career as a bench player in the majors. Also, his great 2011 season was simply due to an inflated .350 BABIP. If that can drop 40 points and somehow he can still be productive, then I'll own up to him.
Minor League defense numbers can be meaningless, but Phelps only had five errors in 132 games playing second base in AAA. He has average speed, so he's not a clunker. I just believe that he has hit too well in AAA for too long not to get a chance in the bigs. Currently, he's sporting a .286/.367/.471 in the international league over 363 games. He's a switch hitter and has started to play 1B and LF.
Ivan De Jesus had a great season in Indianapolis last year, surprisingly better than any season he had in Albuquerque. He's had extensive time at both second and short. He doesn't have much power and speed, but he can hit; .306/.360/.425 over 400 games in AAA. He could probably easily be a Robert Andino type player right now.