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Lots of folks have been asking for this for awhile. At least now he gets half a AAA season to learn the position. A good choice in player development. Get the bat going in AAA at 1B then start trying him in the OF. 

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9 hours ago, RZNJ said:

Mountcastle is a poor man's Trumbo.  Trade him or package while he has a little value.  The bat is good, not special.  He'll be a .280/.300/.450  hitter with little to no defensive value.  His walk totals are embarrassing and signals that he has no willingness to change.

I actually lobbied to trade Mountcastle back in the DD days because I felt similar and also he was blocked by a freshly signed Davis and Machado at 3B. Things have changed since and I'm not sure I would trade him in the midst of this particular rebuild, but the reasons you mentioned are why he's still in AAA. He's still young at 22, also, so the fact that he's OPsing over .800 at 22 in AAA is definitely noteworthy. He still has more upside, I think.

That said, I agree that 9 walks to 71 Ks in 278 AB is kind of abysmal. 

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14 minutes ago, interloper said:

I actually lobbied to trade Mountcastle back in the DD days because I felt similar and also he was blocked by a freshly signed Davis and Machado at 3B. Things have changed since and I'm not sure I would trade him in the midst of this particular rebuild, but the reasons you mentioned are why he's still in AAA. He's still young at 22, also, so the fact that he's OPsing over .800 at 22 in AAA is definitely noteworthy. He still has more upside, I think.

That said, I agree that 9 walks to 71 Ks in 278 AB is kind of abysmal. 

Mountcastle seems like another Yuli Gurriel to me. A guy with pitiful plate discipline but can hit for enough power and average to stick at 1B. 

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2 minutes ago, vatech1994 said:

I will be the first to admit that it is difficult to read body language on that video, but I’m still typing that I don’t really dig Mr. Mountcastle’s body language in that video.  I read it as “to cool for school”.  I have thought the same a few times on the spring training video I’ve seen of him.  It could be totally off.  It may just be that he has a bit of a nonchalant way of carrying himself.

Anyone that actually knows, is he known to be a hard worker, good teammate, good attitude guy?

Compared to some of the folks I've seen wearing orange and black over the years a too cool for school attitude is just fine by me.

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19 hours ago, Frobby said:

His arm looked plenty good for LF to me, especially after watching Dwight Smith throw past the cutoff man twice tonight in completely futile efforts to prevent a runner from scoring, each time allowing another runner to take an extra base.   

I thought that was a good throw, but the challenging throw for a LFer is from the gap to the plate. 

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13 minutes ago, spiritof66 said:

I thought that was a good throw, but the challenging throw for a LFer is from the gap to the plate. 

How many of those do you think they have to make a season?

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29 minutes ago, TheDeau52 said:

Depends on how far home plate is from the wall.

You're right, it probably needs to be moved back a few hundred feet from where it currently is, just to be safe.

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5 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

You're right, it probably needs to be moved back a few hundred feet from where it currently is, just to be safe.

I think eastern Mongolia might be a safe bet. Emphasis on “might”.

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