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Fangraphs: Greg Bird talks about catching Kevin Gausman


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Greg Bird caught Kevin Gausman as a teenager, but his backstop days ended shortly after he was drafted by the Yankees out of an Aurora, Colorado high school.


Bird learn playing high school ball with, and catching, Orioles flamethrower Kevin Gausman Did the two spend much time breaking down the nuances of their crafts?

In high school, we were younger and kind of naive, admitted Bird. We talked about things like that, but it would be a lot different if we did it now. We're a lot more advanced than we were at 17-18 years old. He's come a long way, and I've come a long way too. It would be fun to go back there and catch him one more time, but I don't think that will happen.?

Bird is right in that regard, but there's a good chance he'll be hitting against his high-school battery mate in the not-too-distant future. It promises to be a good match-up. Gausman has a power arsenal, and the converted catcher has some of the best raw power in the Yankees system.

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You missed the real takeaway from that piece. Down at the bottom.

In 2005, the Red Sox minor league system was ranked 21st among the 30 teams. Their top six prospects that year were: 1. Hanley Ramirez, 2. Brandon Moss, 3. Jonathan Papelbon, 4. Jon Lester, 5. Anibal Sanchez, 6. Dustin Pedroia. They’ve since gone on to accumulate 164.4 WAR. The Chicago Cubs were ranked 11 spots ahead of the Red Sox, at No. 10. Their top prospects were; 1. Brian Dopirak, 2. Felix Pie, 3. Ryan Harvey, 4. Angel Guzman, 5. Billy Petrick, 6. Renyel Pinto. They ended up being worth minus 1.1 WAR.
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