I spoke in the comments the other day about Severino Gonzalez. He’s listed around 6’1″, 153 pounds, and he’s yet to throw many more than 100 professional innings in any given year. Since he wound up in AA at the end of 2013, I think some folks have taken to assuming he pitched a full season, but we should not forget he was in extended and pitched out fo the bullpen for much of the year. Will a slight frame hold up to starters’ innings?
We believe Luis Encarnacion will hit, based on scouting leading up to his signing, but while he was listed as a 3B, much of the same scouting seemed to think he would never be anything other than a LF or 1B in the future. So not only are we betting on a 16-year-old, which gives plenty of people pause, but a 16-year-old who’s already ticketed for the two least demanding positions on the diamond.
And on to Dylan Cozens. This is a big dude, at 6’6″, 235lbs. We all know he was a football commit to a major college program, (as a defensive end, mind you), and he’s got 19 pro steals in about the equivalent of 2/3 of a season. That being said, his body and questions about his ability to stick in the OF have many people legitimately worried about his value. As he gets stronger, he will likely slow down. How much is one of the harder things to judge. Some scouting reports seem all but certain he can not stick in the OF.
For the record, I’ve left off Zach Green – he’s a self-professed “fat kid” on Twitter, but at 6’3″, 210lbs., I think he’s doing just fine. And I also left off Cam Rupp, (me, skip a chance to talk about Cam Rupp? Whaaaaat???), even though that monster of a body has to be an injury concern in the future. You can’t be that much person and not expect to hurt yourself doing athletic things, but it’s not forcing him off his position or hurting his prospect value a whole lot.
And so the question is to you to discuss -how much weight (ugh – sorry) do we put on various body concerns? Which is better/worse, a big bodied 3B or OF likely to be moved to 1B or a slight pitcher who may wind up wearing down easily?