The Pujols negotiations are, well, pretty boring. If you are like me, you’re sick of hearing about aimless speculation about what will happen next. So lets speculate less aimlessly, if you will, about the future at first base without Five. We’ve got a few options. One, Matt Adams, may be a little far away, but that could change with an incredibly important, and what I cautiously see as a difficult, year for him in 2011. The other two are Mark Hamilton, and Allen Craig, viable mid-20′s players that could provide what most teams want from the corners — a hitter — one being more practical than the other. Let me explain…
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Firs tbaseman in the minors are the bane of my minor watching fun. The offensive requirements for first baseman are much higher to offset positional adjustments of playing the easier defensive position. Added to that is the reality that a lot of first baseman are poor defenders and I have a hard time getting excited about first base prospects.
The last time I was interested in a first base prospect was Brandon Buckman. . . he was cut after several years in the organization with lackluster offensive performances. Balancing the concerns of adequate offense and athletic performance (or lack there of) is a challenge. Often people err too far to the side of enjoying the power of first baseman without recognizing their shortcomings. I’m prone to the opposite. This season Matthew Adams played his first full year in the system for the Quad Cities River Bandits. Let’s see what the stats have to say.