Comments on: 2010 Draft Picks Now in the Database http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-26013 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:59:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-26013 I thought Inge only moved because he could not hit _at all_ when catching, and Biggio to save his legs (he caught four seasons in the majors). But guys like Konerko or Delgado caught all through the minors and then no one wanted to see them do it in the majors.

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By: Chuck http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-25937 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 06:20:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-25937 It's more technique to me, Johnny.

It's hard to explain, really. It's just body type for him. Both Joe Mauer and Wieters are bigger than Montero and both move like they're smaller than they are. Montero just seems really stiff and unsure in his movements and, IMO, it's not just physical.

I think the Giants will eventually move Buster Posey permanently too, and he's alot smaller than any of those guys.

Some guys have it, some don't.

Craig Biggio, Brandon Inge, BJ Surhoff, to name a few, were all great college catchers who ended up moving because they just short on what it took to be a ML catcher.

Nothing against them, but that's just the way it is.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-25890 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 02:23:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-25890 Chuck, you seem like you have some knowledge in this regard. I've never read a good explanation of why Montero will have to move off C. Everyone just says it's inevitable. His caught-stealing numbers seem OK. It does look like he gives up too many passed balls. Is that not something he can improve, is he too big, does he have bad technique?

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By: Chuck http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-25873 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:48:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-25873 As far as it relates to high school or junior college, Harper's a pretty good catcher. As it relates to being a professional, especially a major leaguer, he probably has peaked at the position and for him to be a viable asset on both offense and defense the Nationals had no choice but to move him.

Harper's alot closer to Jesus Montero than Matt Wieters as a catcher, with little chance of improving.

Regardless of where he plays, Harper will be nothing more than a lefthanded version of Mark Reynolds..if that.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-25865 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:28:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-25865 When he was picked they announced his position as OF. I'm sure it has nothing to do with IRod. Boras had said Harper should play OF to get the most out of his bat. I'm not sure that's the right idea, and I'm not sure that Washington really won't try Harper as a C at all (unless Harper himself doesn't want to play it).

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6852/comment-page-1#comment-25845 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 23:15:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6852#comment-25845 Just one question; I was under the impression that Bryce Harper was primarily c catcher. Are the Nationals naive enough to convert him to the outfield, in the belief that Pudge Rodriguez is going to be around long enough to block his rise? If they are, I have this bridge in Brooklyn for sale...

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