Springfield Isotopes fan
s (hint: it’s Connor) realllllly thought a corner was being turned, and you can’t blame them. The Isotopes longstanding philosophy of hoarding aging players seemed to take a tonal shift with the trade of a 31 year old Evan Longoria for a 27 year old Jean Segura (with two prospects swapping sides as well). Follow that up with the acquisition of a 26 year old Wil Myers and a 28 year old Jose Quintana and FINALLY, the fan s thought, the Isotopes were building a young core for the future. Perhaps finally acknowledging there will come a time when the Robby Canos and Adrian Gonzalez’s and Miggy Cabreras and Cole Hamels’ of the world would no longer be able to answer the bell. And with excitement buzzing for the team’s young core as it headed towards the inaugural first year player draft, the ‘Topes had a chance to show their fan s they are a resilient franchise capable of adapting to a changing baseball landscape and that they are aware that Ryan Howard is no longer a good fantasy baseball option and so on and so forth. With the best way to do so being a well-researched draft of prospects with which to plan for the future. LET’S SEE HOW THEY DID SHALL WE……
Round 1: ‘Topes select Javier Baez, and FAIR ENOUGH I CAN SEE IT. Baez is 24 years old, very likely has a bright future, plays for a great offensive lineup, etc. etc. etc. The problem being he currently has really no spot in the Cubs lineup, in terms of everyday ABs, and he is also many hundreds of ABs over our high minors eligibility limits. So I think we all see the writing on the wall, the Isotopes probably get tired of his spotty playing time and outright drop him by the end of April (my money is on Earth Day!). But FAIR ENOUGH, got a young stud excitement is still high amongst ‘Topes fan
s. Time to get their prospects and build for the future in Round 2 and Round 3.
Round 2: ‘Topes attempt to select Josh Hader, whom is already rostered by the Woods of Morning. This shows a lack of preparation. ‘Topes management then panics and somehow blurts out Eric Fedde, HINTING AT SOME SORT OF PREPARATION. Fedde is the 2nd ranked prospect for the Nationals currently (#52 overall BA, #60 overall MLB.com). And really I have nothing bad to say here, well done ‘Topes. BRING IT HOME WITH ONE LAST PROSPECT……
Round 3: Mike. Napoli. AND IT ALL FALLS APART.
Round 3 is the crux of this entire
troll post well-researched article. Mike Napoli is everything wrong with Isotopes management, and Mike Napoli is why they may not win a playoff game or earn a bye until 2022. Put aside the fact that there were MULTIPLE better options if you are just looking for a run of the mill aging power bat, put aside the fact that this is the same Mike Napoli the ‘Topes more or less gave away at the deadline last year, and it still makes little to no sense. The ‘Topes roster REMAINS a logjam of bench bats with 2 current major leaguers, one player (Josh Bell) 2 ABs away from losing high minors eligibility, and 2 other high minors bats (Aaron Judge and Manuel Margot) that will likely start 2017 in the majors and would be absolutely fuckinggg wasted sitting on the ‘Topes bench. Those are the types of high potential prospects that should get a shot in the real lineup, platoon a utility spot if you must, but for fucks sake they can free up roster spots and allow you to direct major leaguers elsewhere. Like for example that super uninspiring pitching staff, WHICH IS ALSO A LOGJAM. NOT PROMISING. The ‘Topes picked up Mike Napoli because he ended up with 34 HRs last year, as if he’s even a good bet for 25 this year. ESPN projections tend to inflates everyone’s numbers and they could only be comfortable projecting him for 22. THE FAN S HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED.
In the end, Springfield Isotopes management chose Mike Napoli over giving their fan
s hope for a strong future. Their owner’s lone title (and possibly last playoff win, TOUGH TO TELL) gets further in the rear view mirror every single year, and the road ahead seems bleak. If Isotopes management has AIDS and just doesn’t know how to tell us quite yet, grabbing an aging “slugger” in a First Year Player Draft makes sense. IF NOT, it is a troubling sign for a sputtering franchise.