Future watch: Braves lead locals in young talent (UPDATE: Heyward is No. 1 prospect)

Jason Heyward has a chance to win the right field job in spring training.

Jason Heyward may win the right field job in spring training.

(UPDATE: Jason Heyward has been named the No. 1 prospect by Scouts Inc. and the Braves have five players listed in the top 85. See below.)

A little clarification this morning.

Last week,  I suggested that the Braves needed to sign free agent outfielder Johnny Damon to fill their need for a leadoff batter. There has been a void at the top of their order since Rafael Furcal left town. That void has coincided with the Braves’ failure to make the playoffs. Go figure. For the record, Damon is still available and Frank Wren is still not taking my advice. Maybe I should send a nice email? Flowers?

Anyway, back to the clarification: At no point was it my suggestion that the Braves’ general future is doomed without Damon. In fact, there is some slight confirmation this week that their future is pretty bright.

Led by outfielder Jason Heyward, the Braves’ farm system ranks fifth in baseball in organizational talent, according to Scouts Inc.’s Keith Law (requires ESPN Insider subscription).

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The top 100 prospects is scheduled to be posted sometime Thursday and I’ll try to update this blog at that time. (UPDATE: See below.)

But in Law’s team rankings, the Braves ranked behind only Texas, Boston, Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Among teams in the National League East, the Braves ranked ahead of Florida (12), New York Mets (15), Washington (23), Philadelphia (24).

Law on the Braves:

Having Jason Heyward helps, but they have a troika of Latin American arms about to march up the system that would make a heck of a 2-3-4 behind Tommy Hanson starting in 2013 or so. They would have been higher except for a brutal draft in 2009.

Here’s a link to that 2009 draft if you’ve got a lot of time on your hand.

The rankings got me thinking. Of Atlanta’s four pro sports teams, who is best set up for the future? Right now, I’d have to say the Braves. The Falcons appear to be headed in that direction, but they’re still in transition and there are too many questions on the offensive line and on the defensive side of the ball. The Hawks are not quite as set up for the future as you might think. The Thrashers? A few nice pieces, but only a few.

I quickly ran down the rosters of the four teams and highlighted some young names. But I’ve linked all four rosters if you want to do some research. However, the rosters do not include everybody in the minor-league systems of the Braves and Thrashers.  I’ve also got a poll up, but I want to read your comments.

The key here is to try to focus on players who are five years or less into their careers, and therefore potentially here for the long haul.

♦ BRAVES: Brian McCann has played only four-plus seasons. Heyward could make the team out of spring training. Jordan Schafer may not be far behind. Tommy Hanson will be at or near the top of the rotation a while. Others to feel good about include Yunel Escobar, Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. (Late add: thanks to “AthensMatt” for pointing out that I left out first baseman-of-the-future, Freddie Freeman.)

♦ FALCONS: They have their quarterback in Matt Ryan. Running back Michael Turner is six years into his career, the danger zone for an NFL running back, but he was a backup for the first four. Probable solid pieces for years:  Roddy White, Jonathan Babineaux, Thomas DeCoud, Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas. Defensive tackle Peria Jerry and safety William Moore, the team’s first two picks in 2o09, missed most of their rookie seasons with injuries. Tackle Sam Baker hasn’t been healthy in two seasons.

♦ HAWKS: Josh Smith and Al Horford will be staples for a long time. But after that? We don’t know yet about Jeff Teague. Marvin Williams: some good, some bad. Mike Bibby is on the downside of his career. Joe Johnson is nine years in and an unrestricted free agent this summer.

♦ THRASHERS: Kari Lehtonen was supposed to be the franchise goalie. But he has struggled with consistency and healthy. Ondrej Pavelec: still a bit unknown. Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom and Evander Kane are solid young pieces. But  Bryan Little seems to have fallen off a cliff and Boris Valabik is still struggling with his confidence (and now health). And yes, Ilya Kovalchuk could be gone before lunch.

So there’s your quick recap. Which team do you think is best positioned for the future?

UPDATE: Scouts Inc. listed five Braves in its list of top 100 prospects. Here they are:

♦ 1. JASON HEYWARD, OF: Heyward’s ascent to the top of these rankings was swift and unimpeded, and his path to the majors appears to be much the same, as he’ll have a good chance to win the every-day right-field job this spring. Heyward will be a middle-of-the-order bat with power and patience while playing above-average defense in right with a plus arm. He has an advanced approach at the plate, something that was already in place when he was a 17-year-old high school senior, and strong, quick wrists that let him commit later to pitches while still driving the ball to all fields. He gets good leverage in his swing and has plenty of loft to eventually produce 30-plus homers a year, and so far hasn’t shown any tendency to expand the zone because he’s trying too hard to hit for power. In the field, he has outgrown center but moves extremely well in right with good reads off the bat. And you can see from all of the above that he has a high baseball IQ, with good feel and/or instincts in every area of the game, especially for someone his age. He murdered Double-A pitching at age 19 in a 200-PA sample, and his career stat line reads .318/.391/.508, nearly all of which was compiled before he turned 20 in August. His swing isn’t perfect — he does bar his front arm very briefly — but he’s so strong and has such bat speed that the minor flaw has been irrelevant at every stop of his pro career. Everything else here points to stardom.

♦ 43. ARODYS VIZCAINO, RHP: Vizcaino was the key to the Javier Vazquez trade even though he has yet to appear above short-season ball, which speaks to his potential as a front-line starter. His fastball is already 91-93 mph, flashing a little above that, with good life, and he hides the ball well to help the pitch play up. His best off-speed pitch is a hammer curveball that is plus at times with good depth and a slight two-plane break. His feel for pitching is advanced for someone his age, and while his arm action is short and repeatable he can lose his slot and start to drift downward, something he’ll have to eliminate via instruction. He has a chance to move up the Atlanta system quickly and could catch up to fellow high-upside arms Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado soon.

♦ 63. JULIO TEHERAN, RHP: Teheran was one of my picks to jump on this list last offseason, and now he’s one of my picks to jump up into the top quarter of it. Teheran, the nephew of an Atlanta scout, barely pitched in 2008 after the team took a conservative approach with his sore shoulder. But in ‘09, he showed why teams are increasingly scouting the north coast of Colombia. He’s got a huge arm already despite his rail-thin frame (6-foot-2, 150 pounds), 91-96 mph on the fastball with an above-average changeup, and his curveball also has a chance to be above-average in time. He’s a good athlete, but his arm action isn’t pretty and he has to work to stay on top of the ball if that curveball is going to be a consistent weapon for him. He has good rhythm on the mound and pitches very aggressively — he hit almost as many batters as he walked in 2009, which usually isn’t an accident — but he has to avoid telegraphing his off-speed pitches. He still has a lot of room to fill out and could easily end up a No. 1 starter or, if he doesn’t get stronger or doesn’t develop the breaking ball, an upper-echelon closer.

♦ 67. FREDDIE FREEMAN, 1B: Freeman is yet another former two-way star on this list — if you’re a legitimate prospect as both a position player and a pitcher, you’re probably a pretty good athlete and offer more upside than the typical one-way prospect. At the plate, he sets up with a wide base and doesn’t stride or really transfer his weight through his swing. So while he has good rotation to hit for power, he’s mostly hands at this point and has traded some power for high contact rates. Unlike a lot of young left-handed hitters, he shows no appreciable platoon split, and while he’s not exactly patient, he’s not a hacker. Freeman is an above-average defender at first base, and there’s some reason to expect more growth as a hitter given his youth and frame. But I still see him as a guy who’ll hit for average with doubles power, but not the high OBP or home run totals that would make him a star at first base.

♦ 85. RANDALL DELGAGO, RHP: Delgado pitched in the shadow of Julio Teheran this year, and I’d bet you could find a few scouts who rated him over Teheran even though I have Delgado second. Delgado is 6-foot-3 and has already put on a good 25 pounds since signing, with improvement in his stuff to match. His fastball is just above average and will touch 94-95, with a changeup that has improved to above-average and a chance for the curveball to be the same. He’s still looking for a consistent arm action, which is part of why he’s behind Teheran, but his upside isn’t much lower than his teammate’s. It’s to the Braves’ credit that they found two top-flight pitching prospects from outside the traditional Latin American talent markets, getting Teheran from Colombia and Delgado from Panama.

173 comments Add your comment

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 28th, 2010
5:30 am

Yawn. First.

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 28th, 2010
5:35 am

I don’t understand Law’s “brutal ‘09 draft” line though. The Braves number one draft choice will be in the bigs on opening day.

Mike S

January 28th, 2010
5:35 am

Agree Jeff, that the Braves future looks the brightest (I’m very high on their chances for success in 2010 too); but I’d say the Falcons and then Hawks are not far behind. Thrashers…..well…..um….not quite as much. Bibby’s contract is the only eyesore for the future I see for the Hawks; but I like Jeff Teague alot, so I think he can make up a lot on the performance side, but that contract’s going to be a killer at the end of it. And you have to like the direction the Falcons are headed (excited to see Smitty and TD draft again in a few months), and while the Braves don’t have a ton of elite positional prospects (outside of our Savior from Henry County), that stable of pitching prospects could be ridiculously fruitful (if not in the majors, at least as major trade chips).

Also, I don’t normally post on your blogs much (always read the posts, but hang out on the Braves/DOB blog mostly), but I do love your Countdown and Picks columns and always have. Keep up the good (and often hilarious) work.

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 28th, 2010
5:36 am

Win, place and show…

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 28th, 2010
5:38 am

OMG, I just was redirected for posting too quickly!

Whats next, slots in Vegas with pop ups stating “You’re losing money too quickly?”

Resign or Resign?

January 28th, 2010
5:43 am

Thrashers:
I care about the NHL, but not so much the Thrashers. Their ownership and management are a embarrassment to Atlanta. Any comment would concern the next NHL franchise in Hamilton.
Hawks:
NBA “future” is the next draft. Unlike MLB,( there is no minor league for future stars) & NFL (future stars sometimes ride the bench) stars START their first year. Very few ALL-NBA types sit for long. It is surprising to realize that for all their high draft picks the Hawks have only JSmith & Horford to show for it. (Please don’t even mention MWilliams to me! How many times have I read his line: 3 points & 2 rebounds in 30 minutes? This guy was the second best player available in the WORLD in Billy Knight’s opinion?)
Falcons:
This draft and the recovery of Moore & Jerry will make TD’s reputation. If Baker and those two turn out to be “busts”, the crown he was awarded for his first draft may be dulled somewhat.
Braves:
I believe they have the best young talent, with all the names mentioned above plus Freeman.
I am a huge fan of all the Atlanta teams, and wish them all success in the future.

Resign or Resign?

January 28th, 2010
5:45 am

I agree, Chef; who can possibly evaluate a MLB draft after six months?

Resign or Resign?

January 28th, 2010
5:47 am

Thrashers will be in Hamilton next year, so any comments about their embarrassing ownership and management would be superfluous.

Resign or Resign?

January 28th, 2010
5:49 am

I submitted a lenghthy comment covering each team, but it has not posted; 15 minutes of my life I’ll never get back!

Brandon

January 28th, 2010
5:58 am

Im going to go with the Falcons are best set up for the future. Obviously football doesnt have a minor leagues but with the GM and coaching staff in place and making smart decisions on the draft. Frank Wren has talent in the minors to an extent but none at third base or a true leadoff hitter and well Cox is leaving the dugout in october and depending on who is hired it may bring a new staff entirely. And well Frank Wren hasnt exactly proven he’s a great gm with his drafts or signings or trades. I have doubts about his ability to pick a manager that will be successful.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 28th, 2010
6:04 am

How far into the future do we need to see to vote? I mean if we are looking as far out as 2013 then it very well be the Braves, but if we are speaking of the next 2-3 seasons it is the Falcons and the Hawks, hard to type that without a little bit of a chuckle.

Francois

January 28th, 2010
7:13 am

“The Braves number one draft choice will be in the bigs on opening day.”

Uh, Mike Minor is not gonna be in the Majors this year.

And, I’m with Keith Law. (Never thought that would happen.) Our draft was terrible. Also, if memory serves me correct, we didn’t sign any international free agents either.

Bill Heller

January 28th, 2010
7:20 am

The BRAVES have the best future in Atlanta sports? I woke up in a good mood and I don’t know what the heck happened.

athensmatt

January 28th, 2010
7:21 am

“chef” — so mike minor is going to be in the bigs on opening day?

as for the braves farm system — they are well stocked in the pitching department, for starters and relievers, and i can’t wait for heyward to come up to the majors. and jeff, you left out freddie freeman, our first baseman of the future; though i know you were focusing on braves players who are already in atlanta.

i hope the braves draft or trade for a third base prospect; especially if chipper’s struggles from last year carry over into 2010. also a SS. that is all.

Mike Lum

January 28th, 2010
7:46 am

Too many think the Braves should go the way of the Yankees and Red Sox and go after free agent after free agent, forgetting that Liberty has given Wren a set budget. Gone are the days of having one of the highest payrolls in baseball. Many forget the Braves were still in the hunt on October first last year. Wren is doing the best he can, given these funds. Damon is enticing, but we already have McLouth, Melky, Schafer, Diaz, that 1B/OF from LA, and Heyward.

TommyP

January 28th, 2010
7:46 am

Well the pundits mostly agree on the Braves poor 2009 draft, including supposedly reaching on Minor. We’ll see but at this point it’s all about player development.

Spanjer-Furstenburg was apparently a nice selection as he’s ripped the cover off the ball so far. Could be a name to monitor.

TommyJack

January 28th, 2010
7:54 am

I’m with you, Shultzie. Whatever you say.

Jimbo

January 28th, 2010
7:56 am

“The top 100 prospects is scheduled to be posted sometime Thursday and I’ll try to update this blog at that time.”

Jeff: They were posted Monday…here’s the link

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/01/25/the-top-100-prospects-of-2010-1-25/

Hunter

January 28th, 2010
8:07 am

Jeff — Why was the 2009 draft considered so bad? Mike Minor is ranked #43 in the rankings below and looks like he could be ready for the big leagues in 2011. Is there something about him that you know and don’t like?

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/01/25/the-top-100-prospects-of-2010-26-100/

wayne

January 28th, 2010
8:26 am

It really doesn’t matter unless you let them play before they reach age 30 or if you trade 4-5 of them for a one year flash. Quit signing those old has beens or maybes and play the young guys. The Marlins do it every year and always seem to be competitive or at least exciting. Power, speed and young legs and young arms go a long ways towards winning.

just wait

January 28th, 2010
8:31 am

u might think the braves have upside, but once we have to pay to keep our young plkayers we will send them down the road. then they will try to get us excited about another young player then ship them out. the braves are a joke

dpelfrey

January 28th, 2010
8:32 am

Law and the BA folks didn’t like Minor as a #7 pick. The top 10 picks are typically reserved for live, possibly even raw, arms that sit in the mid to upper 90’s with potential upside. Minor is a control pitcher with a full repertoire and maxes out around 90, so I think their biggest beef with him is actually how much can he be expected to improve over what he is now. Sure, he fared well in his debut, but will he be able to improve enough to get out major league hitters.

Personally, I like him. I think he’ll make a solid back-end rotation guy. With the top-flight young arms the Braves have right now at various levels (Jurrjens, Hanson, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino) I think it was a solid pick and I didn’t see a lot of guys taken behind him that would provide as much value.

Tami

January 28th, 2010
8:32 am

Hopefully, Ryan can overcome the “sophomore jinx” for the 2010 season. The Falcons are emerging, although it’s really hard to get both a really good O-line & a really good D-line on the same team at the same time. I hope they’re only a few missing puzzle pieces away, and will get taken care of in this year’s draft and/or the continued development of the new talent already on the team.

The Braves….I don’t know. I love the fact that we have some great young kids down there. But, they’re only unrealized potential right now. With this mgmt regime we have, these kids could end up traded to some other team in exchange for known talent past their prime. If we as fans are being asked to be patient while the farm system is being developed (i.e., suffer through a couple of losing or mediocre seasons while we get the kids ready to go up to the big league team), then the Braves front office needs to be patient too. Instead, we’ve lost quite a few notable young talents. I hope the team can rise above it. I’m patiently waiting to see this for myself.

Haven’t really followed the Hawks or the Thrashers. I do know that the Hawks are having a little better season than the Thrashers are having, though. Neither team has really been a major factor in their respective sports in the last few years. At any rate, I don’t really have an opinion on them right now.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 28th, 2010
8:35 am

braves may have a great farm system but as long as liberty media is calling the shots…forget about ever getting big name free agents. if this off-season aquistions/trades are any indication of how the braves future will be, forget about it. falcons have a better shot at the SB than the braves even making a playoff run

Kashi

January 28th, 2010
8:36 am

O yeah whatever..Young Braves Talent look bright for future. Didn’t all Atlantas said this when baby braves of 2005 saved the season? Until prove, we can’t assume future is bright. Other teams put together a team for present and Braves put together a team for future. Only catcher Brian is left from the pool of bright baby braves. Get team that can compete now and not future.

just wait

January 28th, 2010
8:37 am

Tami u say the hawks have not been a factor they r going to the playoffs for the thirs year in a row and could be the 2nd seed in the east. i think they are a factor

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Tami- i agree on the Thrashers bit but the Hawks have made the playoffs 2 years in a row and appear to headed back there again this year (hopefully). Atlanta Spirit it seems got it right with the Hawks now they need to sign Kovy or the Thrashers will be bottom feeders for years to come.

dpelfrey

January 28th, 2010
8:39 am

I don’t agree with Law down-grading the Braves based on their 2009 draft. In the same way they shouldn’t come out with college football rankings until after the first 3-4 games, they shouldn’t start grading prospects until they have a chance to show what they can do.

And regardless, didn’t Danville win the championship with a bunch of players from that 2009 draft? (Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, Mycal Jones, Christopher Masters, Corey Harrilchak, Matthew Crim, David Hale, etc.)

just wait

January 28th, 2010
8:40 am

Kashi i totally agree its the same old song. drink the cool aide the young braves are the future. but we won’t get any help for them and then get rid of them.

Get outta here

January 28th, 2010
8:41 am

How can you want Damon? You are not a Braves fan if you can say that. Damon is: overrated, at the end of his career, not fast, average at best in the field, no arm and not a NL style player. More importantly to me though than the on-the-field shortcomings of Damon is the fact that he is not someone people in ATL want to cheer for. He pimps himself out to the Sox or Yanks, he doesn’t care. The Braves shouldn’t try to be the mini-Yankees, we should continue developing our own young outfield talent. Seriously, Johnny Damon, I can only hope Frank Wren doesn’t read your articles, or if he does, he just follows the opposite of your awful advice.

Jeff

January 28th, 2010
8:42 am

What Law doesn’t say is how far that ranking falls once Heyward is gone, I believe he has said without him they’re more like in the 15-20 range. But you still have to feel good about all of the young arms.

TommyP – I’d monitor that name if I could say it, who is that guy?

Kashi

January 28th, 2010
8:45 am

Get outta here, if you don’t sing Jonny Damon then who is your lead-off hitter? Melky who is 262 life time hitter? Pants on the ground ^2.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:47 am

“Chef” — Getting bored with success? I know… so many gold medals.

Midtown

January 28th, 2010
8:47 am

Braves for sure. Things are looking so bright on so many fronts. They are playing for now yet have a farm system that appears will at least produce a few good arms down the road.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:49 am

Mike S. — Thanks for the comments. … You’re right about pitching prospects: if they develop then they’re at least great bargaining chips for trades.

just wait

January 28th, 2010
8:49 am

get ready for the dollar store team and another well atleast we were within 10 games of the playoffs season.

Nate

January 28th, 2010
8:51 am

“Personally, I like (Minor). I think he’ll make a solid back-end rotation guy.”

Guys who you think will top out at back-end rotation are not who you take with the #7 pick of the draft.

“…I didn’t see a lot of guys taken behind (Minor) that would provide as much value.”

Well, that’s only if you don’t count Jacob Turner, Tyler Matzek, Shelby Miller, Aaron Crow, Alex White, Kyle Gibson, etc…

Extremus

January 28th, 2010
8:51 am

While I agree that their minor league system shows really good promise, the problem the Braves (and every other MLB organization not named the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, or Phillies) have is that all of this young talent may last five years on our ballclub before they’re snatched away by somebody willing and able to pay them more money. Who cares if Heyward has one of the greatest careers of his generation if he spends most of that career in other uniforms?

Players, agents, and owners can call it “business” and excuse somebody being paid eight figures per year as reaching their “market value”, but the game is being killed by greed. How do they think they can sustain the way things are right now when A) the American economy is tanking (my store lost four good, tenured employees this week and they were hiring part-time, minimum-wagers to replace them less than 48 hours later; the days of full-time jobs, benefits, and abundance in our country are ENDING, folks; those jobs are being systemmatically eradicated) and people will soon be staying at home watching the games on TV because they can’t afford to come to the ballpark anymore, and B) not many people are going to have endless loyalty to those who have no loyalty in return outside of the mercenary.

I’m not asking for communism here, but the fact is we are FAR removed from the days before Curt Flood, when players couldn’t sustain themselves or their families on what they made. Now they have multiple mansions or homes and live lifestyles the vast majority of American citizens never even see, and many of them feel they’re OWED that. There’s a difference between rewarding a player with a nice contract and abandoning all common sense to sign or keep him in your city; like Sparky Anderson once said, after you’ve got that first million or so in the bank, what are you going to do, eat the rest? Problem is, these guys consider a million dollars passe, an insult to their worth.

I know this rant kind of went off of your intended discussion, Mr. Schultz, but my point is baseball, perhaps more than any other major sport, needs to change, to adapt to the times and to public opinion to keep from eventually imploding. Yes, that means cutting, not increasing, player salaries and finding ways for the organizations who invested in developing them to be able to keep them in the same uniform for their entire careers if they desire to. It doesn’t matter if the Braves get a great young core of talent they’ll never keep together for a year or two in the long run; in that sense I definitely like the situations of the Falcons and Hawks much better.

UGAFan

January 28th, 2010
8:51 am

Tami, the one who traded away young talent was John Shuerhotz. Frank Wren seems to be protecting our prospects. The reason he didn’t make the trade for Jake Peavy last year was San Diego insisted the Braves add Tommy Hansen in the deal.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:52 am

Brandon — good comments. And yes, Wren’s pick for manager will be very interesting.

Midtown

January 28th, 2010
8:53 am

WOW. Dollar Store Team? Is that what you get when your in the top 12 in baseball in payroll. In case you haven’t noticed no one in baseball (except maybe the Mets and Houston) is still trying to win on spending dollars alone, they are all putting a huge emphasis on growing young talent on the farm.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:53 am

Resign or Resign — Moore, Jerry and Baker are HUGE swings for the Falcons, in terms of their future. They were high draft picks and play key positions: S, DT, OT.

UGAFan

January 28th, 2010
8:55 am

A little early to grade the ‘09 draft. The Braves have made developing young talent an art for a long time …

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:55 am

AthensMatt — You’re right. My bad about Freddie Freeman. In fact, I’ll add him shortly and credit you, thanks.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:57 am

Tommy Jack — Thanks. I don’t get that a lot. Especially at home.

just wait

January 28th, 2010
8:58 am

midtown that sounds great but we had all of the young plkayers in 05 and now we are left with just mccann we have not been to the playoffs in 5 years i don’t think we need to spend like crazy, but we need to be able to bring in one or two legit free agents. They try to shove this we have young talent bull at us, but next year it will be just wait and the next and the next

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:58 am

Hunter — That’s a different writer/scouting service, not Keith Law of Scouts Inc.

Jeff Schultz

January 28th, 2010
8:59 am

Just wait — I hope you’re wrong. And I’m sure you hope you’re wrong, too.

Midtown

January 28th, 2010
9:00 am

Braves have the same payroll as Seattle. Seattle spent big money this offseason on King Felix Hernandez, Chone Figgins along with Cliff Lee, Jack Wilson etc. Last year the Braves spent big money on Derek Lowe, Vasquez, KK etc. The braves will spend money again in the future, this is not the Royals or Florida. Heck, Philly waited until they went to a few World Series before they jacked their payroll up so much.

Midtown

January 28th, 2010
9:02 am

Just Wait: Because young talent doesn’t work out half the time. You just get as much as you can and see who turns out, sometimes the high picks are not the ones that do and guys like McCann stick.