Saturday, July 1, 2017

Two Roads Diverged In A Yellow Wood

I have had two Pro Debut autographs sitting on my desk now for the better part of three weeks.  I have actually been waiting for the short season to start so that I can write a little bit about one of the players.  I probably should have just gone ahead and done some sort of write up instead of this one with a Robert Frost quote as its title.

The two prospects have kind of gone in two different directions this year.  Two roads if you will.  Numbers say they are diverging, not converging.

High road first which belongs to one of the greatest Wake Forest Demon Deacon baseball players ever.  Here is the card....



For years Will Craig was in Winston-Salem and all he did was hit the baseball.  He's now playing for the Pirates in A-Ball, after being their first round draft pick in the 2016 amateur draft, and all he is doing is hitting the ball.  In 70 games with Bradenton in the Florida State League the 1B prospect has a .291/.392/.423 line with 5 home runs, 18 doubles, and 37 RBIs.  I know a lot of people, myself included, thought he was going to hit for a ton of power in professional ball, but I am thinking something more along the lines of Sean Casey.  

This is my second Will Craig autograph.  Cool to see him in a Minor League uni on a card, especially because I think this might be my first West Virginia Black Bears card.  I am not sure at what point they changed their name to the Black Bears from the Power, but I like it.  Cool little logo too.  

Nothing to sneeze at.  Now the player I wrongly stalled for, or the low road.  Card....




Delvin Perez was drafted by the Cardinals last year in the first round because he failed a drug test and slipped all the way down the bottom of the first round.  His cards have still been expensive and there is still plenty of hype around the young shortstop.  I was hoping the season would start off well for Delvin and I could make a cool post.

Not really happening.

Like all else that has gone terrible for the Cardinals this year Delvin Perez is off to a rather slow start.  I mean like a bad six games, but I am impatient.  So far he has a .130/.230/.130 slash line with just three singles.  Seems like a drastic flip out over a small size.  True, but I am also going on vacation and trying to clear off my desk.

I am managing my expectations for the Cardinals the rest of the summer.  The bar is pretty low at this point.

3 comments:

  1. The Black Bears play in my backyard in Morgantown! The Pirates switched their short season ny penn league affiliate 3 years back from the state college spikes to the newly formed black bears. The Power still exist as a Pirate affiliate in Charleston

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    1. Thanks for the clarification. I guess I mixed the two teams up.

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  2. The Black Bears play in my backyard in Morgantown! The Pirates switched their short season ny penn league affiliate 3 years back from the state college spikes to the newly formed black bears. The Power still exist as a Pirate affiliate in Charleston

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