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2014 #9 Prospect: Mike Yastrzemski - OF


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I was red hot, and now I'm ice cold. The write up on little Yaz is really good and I can see how he squeezed into the top ten. He can do a lot of things pretty well, even it he's not great at any one thing. Doc Shorebird should be commended for touting Yaz last summer.

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I was red hot, and now I'm ice cold. The write up on little Yaz is really good and I can see how he squeezed into the top ten. He can do a lot of things pretty well, even it he's not great at any one thing. Doc Shorebird should be commended for touting Yaz last summer.

Doc is a special guy.

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I was red hot, and now I'm ice cold. The write up on little Yaz is really good and I can see how he squeezed into the top ten. He can do a lot of things pretty well, even it he's not great at any one thing. Doc Shorebird should be commended for touting Yaz last summer.

Doc definitely saw something before most scouts did.

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How would Yastrzemski's potential compare to someone like Grady Sizemore in his prime?
It seems to me that he may be a player that surprises or defies scouting prognostications. I know it's unlikely, but I could see an upside to a Markakis type level, better defense, speed and a bit less O.

I'm thinking Markakis more then Sizemore mostly because of defense. Sizemore was fast and a pretty good CF. Nick has the big arm, but otherwise seems pretty similar.

Hit baseball IQ and ability to spray the ball around means he may be able to adjust quickly and defy shifts. A seriously valuable tool all the sudden. A consistent producer is a good thing with all these boom and bust power hitters (looking at you Crush).

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Not too be a jerk but some of these comparisons are unrelastic.

Tony mentioned he would end up being a 4th outfielder on a good team or a starter on a bad team. That sounds like someone like Alejando De Aza.

Markakiis was same age as Yaz was this past year in 2007. While Yaz was rather average in AA this year, in 2007 Markakis had a very good year for the Orioles.

Grady Sizemore in his prime was a 25 homers, 25 SBs hitter while playing a gold glove centerfield. He was also an established major league star when he was the same age as Yaz is now.

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Not too be a jerk but some of these comparisons are unrelastic.

Tony mentioned he would end up being a 4th outfielder on a good team or a starter on a bad team. That sounds like someone like Alejando De Aza.

Markakiis was same age as Yaz was this past year in 2007. While Yaz was rather average in AA this year, in 2007 Markakis had a very good year for the Orioles.

Grady Sizemore in his prime was a 25 homers, 25 SBs hitter while playing a gold glove centerfield. He was also an established major league star when he was the same age as Yaz is now.

I've noticed that folks tend to forget age when pulling comps for a player.

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I've noticed that folks tend to forget age when pulling comps for a player.

And age is BY FAR the most important thing. In another thread someone was comparing Dariel Alvarez' performance at Bowie (at 25) to Manny Machado's at Bowie (at 19). My guess then, and I stand by it, is that six years of age in AA is roughly the equivalent of 300 points of OPS. At least. Yaz is two years older than Manny, and a year older than Schoop. Anyone want to guess what Manny or Jonathan might have hit in Bowie this year? Or in a year or two?

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