Thursday, June 5, 2008

He ain't no poser, dude

It is official: BUSTER POSEY, the Florida State catching phenom, is the #1 pick of the San Francisco Giants (#5 overall).

I am stoked. Great pick. This guy is dripping with both talent and "intangibles."

Check out this video link:

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3394234

What is your response, team?

10 comments:

Ron said...

For the sake of the blog, I'll transcribe the E-Mail that I sent out earlier:

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty jazzed up about Buster Posey! Sounds like he could develop into an awesome player. Depending upon which scouting report you read, he’s either ready to catch in the bigs already, with some more development needed as a hitter, or ready to hit in the big leagues, with some more development needed as a C. Considering he played SS until only recently, I tend to believe the latter more. Great numbers this year in college!

Future line-up, Game 1, 2011 World Series?:

Fred Lewis, LF
Emmanuel Burriss, SS
Buster Posey, C
Angel Villalona, 3B
Nate Schierholtz, RF
John Bowker, 1B
Brian Horwitz, CF
Eugenio Velez, 2B
Tim Lincecum, P

JC Parsons said...

Buster looks great that is for sure, but is anyone else concerned about the RIDICULOUS money talk. Sources are saying he wants a $12 million signing bonus. Say what??? Tim got a little more than 2. What gives?? If that is for real, how could anyone(except NY/BOS)even considering going after him??

Nice lineup except I doubt Angel will be anywhere but 1B, so you better line up a 3b. Also, I know I run the risk of sounding anti Hebrew, but unless Horwitz is a Gold Glover (unlikely since he has average speed at best) we better do alot better in CF.

Guess I'm a negative nellie. At least Barack won!!! WOOHOO!!!

JC Parsons said...

Also, what did you do to Rowand? Isn't he signed for quite awhile??

Ron said...

I was going for the all-youth movement. Besides, how many veteran (i.e. arbitration eligible) players actually stay on the same team for 4 seasons anymore. Rowand never has. If he keeps playing like he has, I guess that he can be our token vet. I know - Horwitz may be a bit over-valued. But, I think he does have some extra-base pop & OBP possibilities. Probably a defensive liability, though. Is Fred a future CF? Do we have anyone? I hadn't heard about Posey's bonus expectations - that is nuts.

Ron said...

How about this?:

Fred Lewis, CF
Emmanuel Burriss, SS
Buster Posey, C
Angel Villalona, 1B
Nate Schierholtz, RF
John Bowker, LF
Eugenio Velez, 2B
Kevin Frandsen, 3B
Tim Lincecum, P

M.C. O'Connor said...

Nice piece by Nick at Giants Cove re the first four picks. LINK

Sabean's background is scouting and player development (Yankees). Maybe this kind of project suits his skills better than free agents and trading for MLB talent. Our draft team did, at least on paper, an outstanding job.

From the Big Book of M.C., chapter 13, verse 13:

"I am loath to loathe, and I shall loathe only notions, foul potions and untimely motions."

Anonymous said...

What about the newest pick for 3B - Conor Gillaspie? Good first name. SIR

Zo said...

I find it interesting that the Giants seemed to have veered off from the "can't have enough good pitching" philosphy in this draft. That may be because we are so bereft of decent hitters, or it may be because we are fairly well stocked with pitchers, or a little of both. As we wend our way through this season of mediocrity, it is nice to hope that these young buds will blossom into beautiful flowers, but I believe our future team will consist of some free agents, some players acquired via trade and some of these youngsters. I guess there is still the possibility of dumping some of our savvy veterans before the trade deadline, but, up to now, we have not really instituted a youth movement. I am not hopeful that that will change dramatically in the near future. I mean, right now, we have a whole pile of guys with potential and not much major league experience, and a whole lot of questions. Among those I would include Kevin Frandsen, who still seems to be in the Giants future plans. Some of these guys won't pan out - they will be AAAA talent, and my best guess is that some of the youngsters we have seen may be in that class, including Shierholz and Ortmeier. If the Giants even can sign Posey, there is no reason to think that Molina will not be our catcher in 2011. Sorry for the cold water. Here is a question: What is the possibility that a modern baseball team can put together a truly competitive team without a big scary slugger in the middle of the line-up? Put another way: How much OBP does it take to overcome mediocre slugging? Any opinions or guesses?

Anonymous said...

Brother Bob:
One profile I read of Posey (great name!)projects him to hit 10-15 homers a year. That's not very exciting, but if his all-around talents live up to the hype, he should be a stud. The presence of Molina gives us the time to let him work on his defense.
Another piece speculated that Posey might have gone #1 overall if not for the money thing.
I agree with the team going for offense this time around. We're clearly loaded with arms, and I still hold hope that Ziro and Cain will catch fire and our rotation will be awesome.

M.C. O'Connor said...

.260/.331/.406/.737

BA/OBP/SLG/OPS

That is the "mean" line for MLB. So if you want guys who can put up an OPS of .800, they have to get on base at nearly .400 if they are "league-average" sluggers.

In the NL currently there are about 50 guys with OPS over .800

Check out ESPN stat page here and have fun with the sort feature. Another great site is Baseball Reference which uses the saber-stat OPS+, which is supposedly park and league-average adjusted. A '100' score is considered the mean. A '125' means you contribute 25% more than the average player. I'm going to sponsor a page there.