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Old 01-22-2009, 01:07 PM
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Law just answered my Beckham question in his chat.

http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=24678

He says that Beckham and Wallace were the two most MLB ready players in the draft, and sees him at SS this year with Alexei moving to center.

Take that as you will.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:20 PM
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My impression is that a lot of people around baseball think that Alexei should be moved to center. I wonder how many of them have seen him play center. From what I recall, he looked absolutely lost.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:42 PM
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He put Dayan on the "Just outside of the top 100 list," too.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/...name=law_keith
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:34 PM
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My impression is that a lot of people around baseball think that Alexei should be moved to center. I wonder how many of them have seen him play center. From what I recall, he looked absolutely lost.
You mean in the 11 games that he played there last year? He also had 1 assist in the 11 games... B. Anderson 94 games, 0 assists... Nick Swisher 70 games, 2 assists... I would be okay with him playing CF... Little do people recall that B.J. Upton was drafted as a middle infielder, Justin Upton played SS in the minor leagues... Someone with the athletic ability of Alexei can play CF.

At this point I don't see why he couldn't play CF, I don't think we have a better option at SS to this date, but if Beckham is a star in the making, whats not to say he starts at SS next year and Alexei moves to CF?

He has to be better than what we've put out there the past 3 years!
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:39 PM
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You mean in the 11 games that he played there last year? He also had 1 assist in the 11 games... B. Anderson 94 games, 0 assists... Nick Swisher 70 games, 2 assists... I would be okay with him playing CF... Little do people recall that B.J. Upton was drafted as a middle infielder, Justin Upton played SS in the minor leagues... Someone with the athletic ability of Alexei can play CF.

At this point I don't see why he couldn't play CF, I don't think we have a better option at SS to this date, but if Beckham is a star in the making, whats not to say he starts at SS next year and Alexei moves to CF?

He has to be better than what we've put out there the past 3 years!
Bad stats. How many innings did BA actually play CF last year? 94 games looks like a lot, but he was probably in the game for 1-2 innings in the majority of them.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:52 PM
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And in the later innings, where assists are not as prevalent because the opposite is less inclined to try and stretch doubles or take an extra base.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:23 PM
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Continuing on with Mr. Law, I didn't see this posted either:

Top 10 Prospects by Position:

Beckham, Flowers, Viciedo, and Poreda all make the lists for their position.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:13 PM
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My impression is that a lot of people around baseball think that Alexei should be moved to center. I wonder how many of them have seen him play center. From what I recall, he looked absolutely lost.
I still question where this opinion is coming from. Maybe it was that long ago that I don't remember it well, but the only thing I remember not liking was his hesitation when he closed in on the wall. Other than that, I remember him making a wild throw from right center to second, right on the money to catch somebody trying to stretch a single into a double.

I think in a best case scenario (Getz playing well at second, and Beckham tearing up the minors), it's something they need to look at and at least try.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:19 AM
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He had one nice throw. Yes. Everyone knows he has good arm.

However, my impression was that he got bad reads and pulled up on catches that he could've otherwise made. IIRC, he is not very experienced in CF.

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Alexei belongs at SS. It's his best position. Period.

Barring injury to or trade of Alexei, Beckham should get a lot of practice playing 3B or 2B.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:01 AM
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He had one nice throw. Yes. Everyone knows he has good arm.

However, my impression was that he got bad reads and pulled up on catches that he could've otherwise made. IIRC, he is not very experience in CF.
He had more experience in CF than 2B coming in.

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Alexei belongs at SS. It's his best position. Period.
We don't know that yet.

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Barring injury to or trade of Alexei, Beckham should get a lot of practice playing 3B or 2B.
No, Beckham should stay at SS unless it's absolutely necessary to move him. I think Beckham will be the better defender at SS, anyway.
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He had more experience in CF than 2B coming in.



We don't know that yet.

No, Beckham should stay at SS unless it's absolutely necessary to move him. I think Beckham will be the better defender at SS, anyway.
Very good point. I remember people not really liking him at 2B at the beginning of the year.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:28 AM
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Law just answered my Beckham question in his chat.

http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=24678

He says that Beckham and Wallace were the two most MLB ready players in the draft, and sees him at SS this year with Alexei moving to center.

Take that as you will.
Nevermind saw another his other response on Beckham, thought his only response was "yes" about him.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:52 AM
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Saw his zinger of Flowers too.

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:16 PM
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He had more experience in CF than 2B coming in.
But wouldn't there be a more fluid transition from experienced SS to 2B as opposed to CF?

From what I saw of him in CF it wasn't very pretty, but I wonder for the long-term health of the organization if we should really give him a shot there, if Lillibridge comes into his own we could have a pretty dynamic team with SS- Beckham 2B- Lillibridge CF-Alexei
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