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Old 06-13-2018, 03:37 PM   #1
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Advice needed: 2B or SP?

So I recently started an MLB expansion team set up in Charlotte. Have had the first overall pick twice now (shocker). I drafted this guy with the first overall pick in 2020, strictly based off of his prowess as a second baseman.

However, upon checking on his progress a few weeks later, I discovered that the minor league managers were using him not only at second base, but at starting pitcher. What??

I was confused, until I saw his potential as a starter. This kid has front-of-the-rotation stuff in addition to being a stud hitter.

So, I'm looking for advice. Should I try developing him into just a second baseman, just a pitcher, or take a risk and bring him up as a two-way player? I'm torn.

Here are his ratings. I turned scouting off for this, just so you guys get as clear of a picture as possible. These are his true ratings.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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I am inclined to say second base, although that *is* some nice stuff. But if he doesn't fully reach his control potential, it might also be a lot of nice stuff for the bin.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:45 PM   #3
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id say let him do both until he reaches like A+ or AA. then make a decision based on development
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:13 PM   #4
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:32 PM   #5
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Any time you get a SS or 2b with exceptional offensive and defensive stats, treat them like gold. They’re extremely rare, a great offensive asset that makes your other pitchers better.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:09 PM   #6
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Starting Pitcher for now... then if he doesn't develop switch to 2B. Pitching wins in baseball, always has. And besides, how can you go wrong with a starting pitcher named Maddox?
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:40 AM   #7
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Yeah let him go as a two way, at least in the minors and then base it off your team needs/development. If his arm develops I would be inclined to let him start and have him DH/PH a few days a week to get the bat in the lineup
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:59 AM   #8
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yeah, that's a hof batter with health and ages gracefully. can't say that 100% for sure on the SP side.

has his velocity improved since the draft or just "94-96" entire time? approaching 21+ and so that starts to dwindle, of course. if it has been ticking up, it may not be done.

he's got 3 pitches that are likely to develop. so not too concerned about the 1 lagging.

is there a penalty to development for letting them be a 2-way player? i'm sure there's only a minimal cost to playing time which is only 1 of many factors. can always push this decisions down the road.
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I would try both until he develops more. But I probably put like a 50 pitch count limit on him. Just to try and avoid injury.
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How does he have a 40 grade infield arm while being 94-96 off the mound?
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How does he have a 40 grade infield arm while being 94-96 off the mound?


Maybe accuracy?
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:22 AM   #12
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Definitely develop him as a two way player and see what happens to his ratings.

I had a guy who was an 80/80 POT as both a CF and a SP when I first drafted him (picture my delight), but as I developed him in the minors, his CF POT stayed at 80/80 while his SP POT dropped more to 48/80. I still use his as both, but while he is a Silver Slugger level CF, he is a bottom of the rotation arm at best.
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