I know some of you out there get tired of columns focused on the future. Lord knows, I have written my share, but there’s good stuff from Bob Dutton at the Kansas City Star on the goings on in the Instructional League this fall.
Among many hopeful and notable tidbits, the most noteworthy was word that Wil Myers has started taking some fly balls in the outfield as ‘possible preparation of a future move to that position’. A lot of us have been speculating on this pretty much since Myers was signed as his bat may simply be too good to wait for his defense to develop behind the plate.
While I have not personally seen Wil catch, some others in the blogosphere have and there is a pretty much universal opinion that Myers has a LONG way to go to even be an average defensive catcher. When you think about the future of this organization and all the young pitching that is coming up, it does not make a lot of sense to have promising young pitchers paired with a defensively challenged young catcher who is up just because he can really, really, really hit.
Of course, the above probably makes more sense than two different managers being afraid to tell Jason Kendall he has to sit out day games after night games, but that’s a different story for a different day.
Earlier this season, I advocated moving Myers to the outfield with the basic premise of do you want his bat in rightfield in 2012 or behind the plate in 2014? With speculation coming out of the organization that Myers’ bat might be major league ready within one year, it appears the Royals may have come over to the 2012 side of the argument.
Going outside the Royals’ universe for a moment, a Rangers-Giants World Series probably is not exactly what Fox and MLB had in mind, but I find it intriguing. This match-up should also remind long suffering Royals’ fans that your organization does not have to be perfect to eventually get it right.
Take the Giants for example. They made one of the worst trades in history when they shipped Francisco Liriano, Joe Nathan and Boof Bonser to the Twins for one ineffective year of A.J. Pierzynski and bungled one of the biggest free agent signings as well by inking Barry Zito to seven year and $126 million. Yet, here they are, in the World Series and doing so with two-thirds of their outfield made up of guys who were mid and late season cast-offs from other teams.
Now, of course, the Giants also did a lot of things right. Namely they drafted Tim Lincecum after he fell to them in 2006 and Buster Posey when he fell to them in 2007. Every once in a while, I lament the 2006 draft, but I distinctly remember the talk that Lincecum’s funky delivery and heavy college usage was a prescription for injury trouble. Plus, there was a lot of talk that he would also profile out as a reliever and not a starter in the majors.
Drafting is so much easier when you do it after the fact. You should see the Cleveland Browns team I constructed by simply redrafting the first six years of their existence on a very long plane flight a few years back!
The point of the above is simply that the Giants, who have more money than the Royals but are not considered ‘big market-big money’, really screwed up multiple times and still managed to make the Series. Of course, you need some luck as well: like getting stuck with Cody Ross who turned into the NLCS MVP.
The Royals have a ton of hope in the system. Now, a little luck would be nice.