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  1. do you think Coyle is far ahead of Blake Smith?

    Comment by Stinky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  2. As I read the tea leaves, Whiting is about the eleventh or twelfth best pitching prospect in the Cardinals’ ridiculously pitching-rich farm system. Granting that they’re not going to trade any of their big four (Miller, Rosenthal, Martinez, Wacha) for anything less than an All-Star, wouldn’t it be more ambitious, yet possible, to target something in between? Say Jordan Swagerty or Seth Maness or maybe Keith Butler or Maikel Cleto? There are a vast number of Whiting-like guys in that system (note that Cleto is not a “Whiting-like guy” in how he pitches — pure, uncontrolled power — but rather in status on the farm), and they’re unlikely all to reach the Show in St. Louis. A trade might try to reach a bit higher than Whiting. Or are you saying I underestimate him?

    Comment by Bad Bill — December 1, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  3. Do you really get this much out of watching guys on MILB.TV?

    Comment by Chris Blessing — December 3, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  4. Mr. Blessing, I’m happy to discuss any of my observations with you if you have anything constructive to say?

    Comment by Marc Hulet — December 3, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  5. Big fan of Swagerty and Cleto has potential too, but I stuck to players I’ve seen play recently… I agree you don’t want to focus solely on Whiting as a trade option but what the article strives to find are valuable, undervalued players that qualify as “throw-in” type players. I like Whiting because he has the potential to offer some spot starts too, if needed.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — December 3, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  6. I like his bat better, yes.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — December 3, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

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