Lol. It was definitely not what I was thinking about Santander.
My opinion is I like Santander and like the Rule V story of him becoming good after being plucked from the Indians. But if you can get a good return for him, you trade him. That's the nature of the rebuild, despite our personal likes and dislikes of players.
Well, part of this is how advanced is their bat. I can’t speak for a lot of the guys on the list but Kjerstad is supposed to have an advanced bat, thus why he was drafted high, regarded as the second best power hitter in the draft and amongst the top college position players in the draft.
So I stand by what I said. If he is as good as Elias thinks he is, he will be ready sometime in 2022..if he’s not, it’s likely because he’s been hurt or isn’t as good as Elias thinks. It’s really that simple.
If he was 3+ years away, you don’t draft him #2.
We'll see what happens. I don't want to sound too negative. I actually like Kjerstad and hope that Elias truly was ahead of the curve in seeing a fundamental change in approach through team USA and early 2020. Plus I really like Westburg, Baumler and Mayo, so feel like the combined profile is deeper than it would have been if we just went Martin, who might not even be the hitter of Kjerstad.
Anyway, for just about any profile, given Covid, I find it hard to believe they're helpful before mid next year. On net, that means they won't be a 1:1 replacement for a guy like Santander.
There's honestly a million ways to go that I'd be ok with. If the goal is really to build this team for 2023 and beyond, which I'd argue it should be, then I'm more on board with trading Santander and others. If I believed ownership would support a trade and replace (e.g., $$) strategy like SG and you are sort of implying we should do, I'd also be on board. If the goal is to replace from our OF depth, I think it pushes things back a year.
I know what I said. I didn't like the pick.
But I also don't think spending an extra year in the minors is going to fundamentally change who he is. Unless you have to do something drastic, like rebuild a swing (Stewart, Grenier), college bats picked in the first round aren't going to need a ton of developing.
For reference, you should go back and read your own comments in the draft thread. The kid k'd a ton. One poster pointed to mental errors in the outfield and on the basepaths. He is not a burner. Probably reminds us as a Mountcastle with a better arm in the outfield. Could end up at 1st base.
I hope like hell his bat is amazing, but he was an under slot guy that we took in hopes of getting one of the big arms with our 2nd pick. Didn't work out. Doesn't mean he won't work out, but he's not your typical 1-2 profile.