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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

It’s a flaw, but I’m pretty damned happy with what Mountcastle is doing in AAA.

Comparing what a guy is doing in AAA to what a guy who is only one year younger is doing in the pac-12 is just completely worthless.  I'm sure Mountcastle would be walking plenty in the pac-12 right now too. I guess I also just made the comparison so maybe disregard as completely worthless? 

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10 hours ago, ChuckS said:

I can't imagine him being a negative at 1B.  Good hands, long, and probably a bit quicker than your average 1B. 

I think he’s made 6 errors, which is a lot for a 1B at this point in the year.    Don’t know about the other aspects of his defense.   

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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

I think he’s made 6 errors, which is a lot for a 1B at this point in the year.    Don’t know about the other aspects of his defense.   

I know for prospects, looking at errors and fielding pct. is about all we can look at, but those are really not great indicators of defensive capabilities generally. And from baseball ref it looks like he has 4 errors at first and 2 at third.

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1 hour ago, weams said:

 

Pretty much a puff piece, though I enjoyed it.    They completely glossed over the fact that the reason he’s changed positions twice is because of his arm.    

Thats OK, though, because it’s looking like the bat’s going to play well at 1B/DH.

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2 minutes ago, Frobby said:

Pretty much a puff piece, though I enjoyed it.    They completely glossed over the fact that the reason he’s changed positions twice is because of his arm.    

Thats OK, though, because it’s looking like the bat’s going to play well at 1B/DH.

I like Mountcastle as much as the next guy, and now that he's at 1B and doing well I feel even better about him, but calling him versatile is the epitome of a "puff piece".

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Leads the Tides with 12 bombs.  .851 OPS although the BB rate is a woeful 3.7%.

Guess being the youngest guy on the team is probably what's most intriguing here.  Wonder if he will get a look in September.  Seems like Elias still wants him to cook a bit.

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On 6/14/2019 at 12:55 PM, Aglets said:

Leads the Tides with 12 bombs.  .851 OPS although the BB rate is a woeful 3.7%.

Guess being the youngest guy on the team is probably what's most intriguing here.  Wonder if he will get a look in September.  Seems like Elias still wants him to cook a bit.

This worries me a lot.  I think it greatly limits his upside.  Hays has the same issue.  Both are around 3-4 percent BB rate over their minor league careers.    

I haven't either play enough to know if they are patient early in the count and just let it rip when they get ahead.  I'd be interested to see what their chase percentages are for pitches out of the zone and how that compares to other players. 

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1 hour ago, ChuckS said:

This worries me a lot.  I think it greatly limits his upside.  Hays has the same issue.  Both are around 3-4 percent BB rate over their minor league careers.    

I haven't either play enough to know if they are patient early in the count and just let it rip when they get ahead.  I'd be interested to see what their chase percentages are for pitches out of the zone and how that compares to other players. 

@Tony-OH had a quote from an incident where Mountcastle swung at ball 4 in a 3-0 count with the tying/go ahead runs on base and popped out, where he was confronted and said "if I had hit a home run, you wouldn't be talking to me."

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8 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

@Tony-OH had a quote from an incident where Mountcastle swung at ball 4 in a 3-0 count with the tying/go ahead runs on base and popped out, where he was confronted and said "if I had hit a home run, you wouldn't be talking to me."

What boggles my mind is getting up in a 3-0 or 3-1 count and swinging at a pitch that isn't in a particular quadrant of the strike zone that you know you can do some damage with.   I seriously doubt these guys are getting fooled by breaking pitches in counts like that.  Not at the minor league level.  There is no excuse for swinging at ball four. 

So it is essentially making your mind up that you are going to swing before the pitch is thrown.  Schoop did quite a bit of this.  Always drove me nuts.  

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7 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

@Tony-OH had a quote from an incident where Mountcastle swung at ball 4 in a 3-0 count with the tying/go ahead runs on base and popped out, where he was confronted and said "if I had hit a home run, you wouldn't be talking to me."

Great.  Sounds like he is great at taking instruction and willing to tweak things to improve his game.

At least Davis had some good years before he refused to change his approach at the plate.

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I am not excited about Mountcastles' profile.  We have a ton of 1B/DH candidates.  I would look to deal him while he still has some shine on him. Maybe for a lower level middle infielder or pitcher in someone else's system.  You're certainly not going to get a blue chipper for him.  But I expect his ML career to be boring within a year or two.  Mark Trumbo with less power and less patience.

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