A scouting term that Goldstein uses to describe Brett Wallace. Be sure to read Kevin Goldstein’s chat from yesterday — it’s always insightful.
Also, as a reminder, the prospect lists are being added to the link at the top as they are released.
A really compelling article by Kary Booher over at Baseball America about Colby Rasmus. They probably don’t have anyone more qualified to write on Rasmus, as you’ll remember Booher used to work for the Springfield newspaper that covers the Double-A team. It’s behind the subscription wall so there’s not much I can share but I have to clip these 4 lines.
What is clear is that Rasmus is a changed man, even at 22. Where before excitement and optimism overflowed from a deep voice, the tenor of his conversations follows a more cautious and guarded path.
“I’m a lot different now than I was at the beginning of the season,” Rasmus said. “Early in the season, I was playing to have fun. I didn’t look at the business side of baseball.
That flat out sucks. More than anything I was hoping that Rasmus would bring a youthful exuberance with him to a St. Louis team that at times can seem dirge-like in their professionalism. The article discusses in depth much of the hubub that went on during the last year and it’s a little bit dismaying. I felt like I was watching a kid have his dreams crushed before my eyes. I hope that’s not the case (and it probably isn’t) but if nothing else I hope Rasmus realizes that he still has a huge fanbase out there despite anything that’s happened in the organization.
More importantly, he’s still a supremely talented player and the long term outlook is unchanged. He still has the potential to be a perennial All-Star and he’s still the long term solution to the Cardinal’s CF question. Even if he starts the year in AAA (likely at this point), he should be the first option to be called up from the minors if an outfielder goes down. Who knows, maybe Rick Ankiel will pull a hamstring.