On Gary Sanchez:
Oh, I like him a lot. He really can throw. His
thing is he can throw – 60 arm – his footwork on the throws is really good. He’s
regressed a little bit for me in his receiving skills. I think he’s athletic enough.
For me, he can catch. He’s not going to be a great defender, but he’s going to
throw out some runners and he’ll be able to catch.
The bat’s good. The bat might be
as good as Montero’s. I think he’s an everyday catcher at the least. I like him
Receiving for you, better or worse than Posada?
Probably on par
with Posada, but I think he might have a better arm than Jorge – at least the
last few years of Jorge. He’s better than Montero. He’s definitely better than
On Mason Williams:
Exciting, electric. He can play center field. He
can run. He’s wiry strong. He’s got deceptive power. I think he needs to learn
how to go deeper in counts, but he’s young. I think he’s an everyday center
fielder. He’s an everyday guy for me.
He can play center, he’s going to
hit, he’s going to hit with some power. He still needs work on his baserunning,
his jumps. The biggest thing is his plate discipline, but it’s not awful. It’s
not like there’s no pitch recognition there, it’s just that he needs to be more
patient. I think that will come. He’s an everyday guy for me.
He’s got an arrogance to his
game, but it struck me as a good arrogance, like ‘Hey, I can do this. I can
play.’ It’s like a good cockiness.
On Tyler Austin:
I know he’s put up big numbers in that league, but
I think he’s an extra outfielder. I don’t think he’s an everyday guy. There’s a
little bit of a hitch in the swing. You can get above his hands and he swings
and misses. I know he’s a young player, but he’ll swing and miss at average
fastballs sometimes and it’s like, ‘Wow, he should have gotten to that.’
He’s a fringy defender. His
routes were kind of inconsistent. With that said, he’s got juice in his bat. He
doesn’t miss mistakes. He’ll drive mistakes. I think he’ll be a fourth
outfielder but a productive guy. I don’t see everyday corner production out of
On Cito Culver:
He can really defend, but he can’t hit. Don’t
really love the swing. Don’t really love the approach. He doesn’t drive the
ball enough, but he can really defend. He can go get it, he can throw it. He’s
got really quick hands. You’ve got a really good defender, but I don’t think he’s
ever going to hit.