He is a former starter so, sure, he could return to that. His stuff seems to fit middle relief, though, and so far he has been remarkably durable despite frequent usage.
I'd expect Rosenthal and Lynn to command a Top Ten prospect, if it comes to that. And, again, the idea of gaining somebody further down the developmental trail is appealing. With compensatory picks, you're often picking between a high-ceiling high school player that might wash out over a low-ceiling college player who may just be an OK pro.
Taraensko, Schwartz, Schenn and Fabbri certainly should be good Top 6 players, assuming Fabbri learns from last season's horrible start. I believe Stastny can hold up as a No. 2-type center and Steen can hold up as a second-line winger. Could Barbashev grow into a Top 6 role? Maybe. The same maybe applies to Sanford and, in the long haul, Tage Thompson, Robert Thomas and Klim Kostin.
It will be interesting to check on Kyrou at the prospects camp. Blais had a productive year in Chicago after staying in the QMJHL as an overage player. What becomes of him in a world were the Blues have no AHL affiliate.
This team should contend for the NCAA Tournament. That sounds crazy, but the returning players are better than you think and Porter Jr. might be the player of the year in college ball.
At this point I don't see the value in adding an impact bat unless he has long-term value. And, no. I don't see such a trade on horizon.
Great, but what is the return? I agree that the time for such a shakeup is near.
Pham's ability to play center field well -- better than Fowler, in fact -- gives him the leg up. He will play a lot in the next few weeks and that is his time to make his case. Obviously Voit is vulnerable and if push comes to shove, Martinez or even Garcia could be in some peril with DeJong also hitting.
Agreed. Schenn is skilled. He was a No. 5 overall pick for a reason. Worst case scenario for him is becoming the team's second- or third-best offensive forward.
Matt is a worker, if anything he has been too much of one. I just see a team with some ill-fitting parts and perhaps the lack of leadership/edge that has been referenced with the fading San Francisco Giants. Who are the guys driving this group?
Anything to cut into the budget deficit, I suppose. So you hire R.A.'s to limit the drinking and high jinks with female guests?
I see this team moving the other way, focusing on long-haul players. Williams was the kind of guy the wanted a couple years back when they got Brouwer and made the Final Four run. This team is still transitioning toward a younger nucleus. A clutch playoff guy would be nice, but perhaps that type of move would make more sense in a year or two. Could be wrong about that and I certainly admire Williams' leadership. Quite the playoff career.
At this point Lynn, given his expiring contract, the state of the team, it need to add long-term offensive heft and Reyes recovering from Tommy John surgery.
This team has a lot of forwards who have moved from spot to spot up front. Like you say, the team is still short on pure centers. I can see lots of mixing and matching all season. The only chemistry I loved from last year's team was Schwartz playing across from Tarasenko.
Yeah, there is something to be said for the discerning spectator!
That seems pretty reasonable. Maybe Diaz catches fire and proves useful as a utility guy, but nothing he has done in the field or at the plate this season suggests he is a core shortstop. I might keep Rosenthal for the ling haul, pay him and keep him somewhere in the late innings. This team is still short in the bullpen and there are not a lot of natural relievers in development.
That is huge. Remember, I proposed spending a No. 1 pick just to get Las Vegas to take him away.
Surprisingly enough, he can't operate his players by remote control. He can talk all day about the difference between aggressive and stupid but the players still must make those reads on the fly during the action. He can't just tell them to take one base at time, regardless, and leave it at that. Players have to read plays. If the same guy keeps making the same mistakes, then it's on the player.