Just gotta say Boo-yah!
I don’t think he has the upside of a Bogaerts or Buxton, but I expect him to be quite Darvish-ish, so I expect him to be an All-Star by either this year or next. I think he has the highest floor of any prospect. So if I’m in Win Now mode for my fantasy team, he’d be my #1. If I was looking more for a rebuild for the future, I’d look more towards Buxton. Either way, Tanaka is in my top five or so, and in some situations, he would be my #1.
The wind is in the buffalo.by journeymen on Apr 4, 2014 | 1:00 AM flag
Again, Two different players
I hate how people compare Tanaka and Darvish. They have two very different styles and Tanaka cannot be expected to be anywhere as good as him. Darvish competed for the Cy Young last year, and then saying that Tanaka is just as good, I can’t disagree more. He is a great prospect, but his ceiling is lower than many top prospects. Buxton is a far better long term option, but if we were going off of immediate impact, then Tanaka is the #1. I would bet a crazy amount of money that Tanaka will not be an all-star. Just not the same player, and people are putting unrealistic expectations on him.by boehmer00 on Apr 4, 2014 | 8:45 AM up rec flag
I don't know about a "crazy amount of money", but...
yeah, I would actually place a bet that Tanaka will be an allstar in 2014 or 2015. (Of course, I’m too cheap to actually bet money anyway. For me a "crazy amount of money" would be anything more than a buck or so…)
I am not saying that he is the same pitcher as Darvish, but yes, I have very high expectations of him. Are they unrealistic expectations? Well, the Yankees invested north of $150 million on him, so geez, I hope it’s not unrealistic to think he can be an allstar. This is a case where the expectations are based on the investment. If he doesn’t make an allstar team rather soon, I think it would be a disappointment. That being said, I’m a Yankee-hater, so actually it wouldn’t disappoint me at all