Monday, December 20, 2010

Comment of the Day: Brewers fan says Royals are getting 'excellent prospects'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Bye-bye, Greinke.
  • Bye-bye, Greinke.

Kansas City Royals fans aren't feeling optimistic about the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers. But Brewers fans are saying KC made off with a good haul for the former American League Cy Young winner. Let's hear from Brewers fan CB, who left commented on our post asking whether the Royals got a good deal for Greinke:

KC is getting some excellent prospects. Escobar's numbers might be a

little frightening, but he's going to be an excellent defensive

shortstop, and when he gets on base, he's a huge threat to steal. If

the batting coach can work on his plate presence, he will be a star

infielder for years to come.

Cain might have "showed up to work", but he filled a hole in

centerfield better than anyone could have asked. He made several

defensive plays (one in particular that had him running full force into

a fence while still making the catch) that made my jaw drop. He's

already dangerous in the batting box, and on the bases, much like

Escobar, will be a huge threat to steal. He shows glimpses of

possessing a powerful bat, and will likely be capable of hitting ~10-15

homeruns a season, and will consistently get on base. As a Brewers fan,

this was probably the biggest loss to me. Watching him play at the end

of last season was electrifying, and I might have just become a KC fan

so that I can continue to watch him develop as a player. He has the

potential to be a Carl Crawford-like player.

Jeffress will no doubt need to be kept on a short leash... I think

marijuana laws are ridiculous, but they are laws nonetheless, and he

needs to abide as a player in the MLB. That being said, he's going to

be an excellent reliever with a fastball that will hit 100

consistently.

and finally, I don't know much about Odorizzi other than he was the

Brewers most promising prospect. He's no doubt going to be starter

quality in the years to come for KC, and I know for many, this was the

biggest loss to Brewers fans. He's worth cultivating in the extremely

deep KC farming system.

The trade was dead even. KC got some of the Brewers best prospects, and

the Brewers got a big arm in their starting rotation that immediately

puts them in playoff contention. As I mentioned earlier, I'm a Brewers

fan, but will no doubt be cheering for KC in years to come... you guys

gained some of my favorite prospects.



But is CB just trying to make us feel good about giving up our ace? JJSKCK also weighed in with the Kansas City perspective:

CB - I like your optimism regarding what the Royals are getting in

return, though I think it's human nature to overvalue one's own

possessions.

Brewers fans are saying we're getting a great haul, but most baseball

people say there's not a potential star in the bunch.

Royals fans think we've given away some futuristic biological hybrid of

Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, but the reality is that his superhuman

2009 season was likely more of an aberration than his

exactly-league-average performance in 2010.

My prediction (worth approximately nothing) is that Greinke will be

above average but not elite in Milwaukee. And I think the Royals will

be somewhere between mildly disappointed to mildly pleased with what

they got when it's all said and done. For now, they improve at SS and

CF immediately but forfeit their only attendance draw.

Also, they will now go into Spring Training without a single average

major league starting pitcher.


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