|By Ashley Varela||By 03-16-2013|
|1. By: Docmilo on 03-16-2013 06:09:26|
The Buster Posey path was get drafted, finish the season in the minors, play one full year in the minors and then a May/June call up to postpone Super 2 status the following year. Why wouldn't the M's follow a similar course. Unless Montero gets injured, there is no reason to start Zunino's clock early.
I really like the idea of Shoppach. He's like having a personal coach on the bench for the catcher position. I could see him hanging around for 2014 as well filling a similar role as a backup C/personal coach. It never hurts to have that experience 162 times a year as a sounding board on days he's not playing and leading by example the days his name gets called.
My thoughts are starting to wonder into the realm of trade value. Is it possible our best catcher in the organization is Hicks? If Montero has a really good season this year, the M's can afford to trade Montero or Zunino knowing that Hicks is there as org depth.
|2. By: maqman on 03-16-2013 08:02:12|
It might make sense to trade Montero but not Zunino IMO. Montero is close to bat only, Zunino is not. Hicks opened some eyes this spring but he's not ready yet. Montero's future is tied into what transpires with the DH and 1B slots after this season, which will depend on who does what this season. There are too many factors involved to even guess what that might be at this point.
Shoppach might be a keeper after this season or maybe they bring up Hicks for a look-see in September and fall in love with him. It could happen, maybe, possibly or not.
|3. By: short on 03-16-2013 08:40:24|
If you look at the team's offseason moves through the lense of giving Justin Smoak one more chance to prove he can hit, then the catcher situation becomes a bit clearer. If Justin doesn't start producing by some time in, I'd guess, June they can move Morales to first base, Montero to DH and bring up Zunino.
If Zunino is pushing for playing time and Smoak looks good the team can try to trade Morales assuming he is hitting well. Not a bad problem to have. Morales to a contender in June could net something shiny. And the fact that you don't really have to trade him means teams will have to make a good offer to pry him loose.
|4. By: Shawnuel on 03-16-2013 10:22:49|
#3. I agree whole heartedly. Regarding Hicks: If I'm not mistaken, he is a pretty good athlete. It wouldn't be odd with this regime to see him undergo a position change if they value his bat and makeup enough. Left field has always been a Mariner trouble spot. Hicks may not have enough bat for it but I guess we will see.
|5. By: dewey on 03-16-2013 10:43:55|
Ive been down here a few days it doesnt look like Shoppach is a real good catcher he wiffed on 2 balls last night and dont sit down in back of the 3rd base dugout ive seen him take 2 swings and the bat has flown into the stands looks scary
|6. By: maqman on 03-16-2013 12:06:15|
Keep your head down dewey.
|7. By: jmp24232 on 03-16-2013 12:47:37|
Jason, I don't really understand the M's thinking with Casper vs. Bay. I know that they're saying Guti's injury is very minory, but with his history I just don't see how they could choose Bay over Casper. Who can realistically play center other than Guit and Saunders in our system? Is Bay that much better? What am I missing?
|8. By: Bookbook on 03-16-2013 13:11:56|
Hicks is two years away. We don't have to worry about him being blocked for awhile yet.
|9. By: Marlin Man on 03-16-2013 14:09:32|
Good God, I aam soooo sick of Guti being "a day or two away", the guy is a walking accident, waiting to happen
|10. By: Shawnuel on 03-16-2013 15:00:07|
Hicks was drafted after 3 seasons of college ball and will be 24 at the end of August. Don't know how one can say with certainty that he is two years away, especially if he keeps putting up big numbers.
|11. By: masonb on 03-16-2013 17:53:12|
Jason or anyone else who is knowledgable on the draft,
I know this is off topic, but Kris Bryant is destroying college pitching this year. Had two walkoffs this weekend, including a 3 hr game on Thursday night, and is up to 12 this year. Is he in the mix for #1 overall pick of the year? Any chance at all he gets to Seattle at #!2?
|12. By: VanillaGorilla on 03-16-2013 19:21:00|
You guys are seriously overrating Hicks. Look at his stats at 23 in the best offensive environment in the minors vs Zunino in Everett and Jackson at 21. It isn't close. Ideally he'll be a good backup to Zunino in 2014 or 15. His bat won't play in LF
|13. By: VanillaGorilla on 03-16-2013 19:22:22|
Sorry Hicks was 22
|14. By: maqman on 03-17-2013 12:11:04|
It seems there is just not enough room for every player that deserves a shot. What a wonderful problem to have.
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