From the ‘Who they can or need to trade’ section:
INF/OF Brent Lillibridge: Although the fleet-footed 26-year-old has loads of to-date untapped ability, there doesn’t seem to be a spot on the roster for him — definitely in ’10 and possibly beyond. He might benefit from a change of scenery.
loads of untapped ability? is Merkin drinking?
Buddy explains things:
“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”
BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”
Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?
Buddy thinks Viciedo had a great year in Birmingham:
“One of our biggest concerns with him was the culture,” Bell said. “The kid turned out to be maybe the best teammate we had at Birmingham … He’s a great kid.”
Bell compares the 20-year-old Viciedo to the Angels’ Kendry Morales, a more experienced Cuban who needed 309 games in the minor leagues before establishing himself as a big-leaguer. “He’ll figure it out,” Bell said of Viciedo. “He’s so strong. He’s going to be a good big-league hitter.” …