Marc Hulet Prospects Chat
Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.
The problem with the KC deal though is that they only got 2 years of Shields for Myers+. In those 2 years, they wont be anything more than a .500 team unless a good amount of things happen. Then after 2014, Shields will be gone, Butler will be gone, Gordon will be gone, etc. Also, who is going to play RF? They dont have money to go out and get anyone and Francouer is actually a negative WAR player.
First off, Francouer still has .330/.345/.630 potential with plus-plus defense and a true 80 arm. BTW, in high school, he was clocked up to 102 mph off the mound and an insider source said it was “by far the best arm strength I’ve ever seen. The guy had a miniscule stride yet sat at 97-99. With some maturation and improved use of his lower body, he could probably sit at 99-102 as a starter and occasionally bump 104.”