Thursday, August 10, 2006

Um, About That Trade . . .

Baseball Prospectus ranks Chris Young the #2 CF prospect in all of baseball, and points out that the Sox would probably be better today with Young in CF and McCarthy starting instead of Five and Dive. Hard to argue with that. We were supposed to be trading a bit of our future for a better chance at repeating, but this trade may be hurting us in both the short and long terms. Oh well, at least we fleeced the Phillies.

BP is a pay site, so I'm going to cheat just this once, and give you the full text below:
Chris Young, Diamondbacks
Age: 22.9 Hitting .276/.366/.542 in 92 G (AAA)
With Brian Anderson's struggles, one gets the idea the White Sox would be a better team right now without Javier Vazquez, and with Young patrolling center field. After being hampered by a wrist injury early in the season, Young has found his power stroke, blasting 20 home runs in his last 74 games. A dynamic power/speed combination, Young has 30-30 potential in the big leagues and is a very good defensive center fielder, though his arm is a tick below average. While he'll never hit for a high batting average, Young more than makes up for it with outstanding secondary skills. More than half of his 102 hits have gone for extra bases, he's drawn 49 walks in 369 at-bats and he has 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts. He should be handed the Arizona center field job in spring training and has strong Rookie of the Year chances.


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