Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Tuesday's Minor League Ball gameday thread. Some items for your discussion and consideration on this fine day-after-Opening-Day.
****Toronto Blue Jays rookie second baseman Devon Travis had a sharp debut, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored against the New York Yankees. Question for the crowd: what are the chances that Travis has a better and more productive career than Kansas City Royals infield prospect Raul Mondesi? I was trying to think of someone about as opposite from Travis as you can get and Mondesi is the first one who comes to mind: all tools, no production (yet), while Travis is mediocre tools but (potentially) looks like he can play.
Mondesi is several years younger of course so it isn't a fair question really. But I'll ask it anyway: who has the better career?
****Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson had a nice debut as well, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He's another one who is generally viewed as production over tools. Who is his opposite number in the baseball world?
****Of course some guys have strong tools and strong skills, Dalton Pompey being a terrific example. I'm working on a larger article about him.