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Daver
03-08-2002, 03:14 PM
On Joe Kearns vs. Joe Borchard.

Both of these guys easily could have taken detours from a path to stardom as major league outfielders. Borchard played quarterback at Stanford, and had the White Sox not lured him from football with a $5.3 million bonus in 2000, he would have been a premium pick in the 2002 NFL draft. In high school, Kearns was more highly regarded as a pitcher until his velocity plummeted during his senior season. Borchard outperformed Kearns in his first full pro season, partly because Kearns tore a ligament in his right thumb. Considered Adam Dunns equal entering 2001, Kearns returned to form in the Arizona Fall League. Theyre similar players, but scouts prefer Kearns because hes more disciplined and 18 months younger. Though Borchard played center field last year, no one saw that as his long-term role.

Joe
BORCHARD
VS.
Austin
KEARNS

12
Top 100 Rank
11

23
Age
21

White Sox
Team
Reds

6-5
Height
6-3

220
Weight
220

Both
Bats
Right

60
Hitting
70

80
Power
80

50
Speed
45

50
Range
50

65
Arm
65

"After seeing him in the fall league, Im all over Kearns. Joe Borchard is a quality player and a quality athlete. Hes bigger and he put up better numbers at the plate last year. But I like Kearns bat and his approach better. He has the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Borchard is a better hitter from the left side and I have some questions about him righthanded. He can play center field, but hes nothing special out there. Kearns has to play right field. Id take Adam Dunn over both of them, but with these two, Im biting on Kearns."

"I really like Kearns. Ive been a Kearns guy since I saw him in high school. Both can be real all-star-quality guys at the big league level. My gut tells me Kearns is going to give me a little more power and offensive production at a wing outfield spot. Even though Borchard is a lit bit more athletic, Id go with Kearns."

"I would go with Joe. The reason is twofold. One is the switch-hitting aspect of it. He can do it from both sides of the plate. Two, body-wise and athletic-wise, Joe will maintain his ability to move like he moves now longer than Austin. Joes losing his football bulk. I dont see him as a center fielder, though. He could do an adequate job in an emergency, but ideally hes a corner guy."

"Theyre both true corner guys with pure bang for the buck. Honestly, Id have to lean to Kearns. I like Borchard, but Kearns will have more power and more usable power. Not by much, but he does have half a grade better power."

"I havent seen a whole lot of Borchard. He has an explosive bat and hes a very athletic kid. I like Kearns. His swing is a little bit long at times, but hes capable of driving the ball to all fields. I think of Dewey Evans and all those prototype right fielders when I think of Kearns. Borchard is older than Kearns, so Id probably take Kearns."

"Oh, thats a good one. If Kearns is healthy, Id take Kearns because of his weapons and his arm defensively. Borchard is not a center fielder and I have some arm concerns with him. He could end up in left field. Kearns is a right fielder with his arm. They have matching power, and Kearns may have more raw power. I like Borchards bat, and he may have the slightest edge bat-wise."

"Thats a close call. Im amazed at the type of offensive numbers Borchard put up in his first full year. Dont get me wrong, I liked him, but I never thought the kid would walk into the game at that level and do that. Hes still very rough. If Borchard ever gets the football out of him and gets graceful, look out."

"Id probably go Kearns. I like his bat a little bit more, though Borchard is a little more athletic."

MikeKreevich
03-08-2002, 04:47 PM
OK, you like Kearns, so f-en what?

RichH55
03-10-2002, 08:25 PM
It's like asking a group of people to agree on Pizza toppings.....Some haven't seen much Of Joe, yet they know they like the other kid more...I like the scout who question Joe's arm...of all the things we are confident of Joe on...wouldn't the outfield arm of the former Stanford QB be near the top of that list? Oh well, at least that scout took the time to watch joe play before weighing in