OK, how about Schierholtz?

Posted By on February 20, 2009 7:09 pm

One of my loyal readers, so inspired by the stirring debate we had about Kevin Frandsen, wanted me to throw Nate Schierholtz out to you all for some discussion.

How good do you think Schierholtz will become?

I’ll start. I think Schierholtz is still a pretty good prospect. I like him better than just about all of the other Giants hitters, with the possible exception of Pablo Sandoval. I think Schierholtz has some tools that Sandoval does not. He is good defensively. He has a good arm. He runs OK. At the plate, I’d like to see him draw a few more walks, but otherwise he’s pretty solid. He’s even got some power potential in there.

I say Schierholtz winds up being a solid everday player, although not a star.  I see him being a Jose Guillen-type player eventually. Andre Ethier. Jeff Francoer. Those kind of guys.

OK, now as Linda Richmond would say: “Talk among yourselves…”

Comments

5 Responses to “OK, how about Schierholtz?”

  1. Vo says:

    Why is it that every hitting prospect we have can’t draw walks and lacks plate discipline?

    But back to Nate, I really think his performance in the Olympics was a coming out party and the Giants really need to find a way to get him into the lineup more often than not. I agree with you Jeff in that I think he becomes a solid everyday player and his glove is well above average which is great for that tricky right field at AT&T.

    But comparing him to Francoer? No way, he isn’t that much of a free swinger.

  2. Dave says:

    Nate rarely walks and doesn’t hit the ball in the air enough to be a power threat. Sabean, himself said they don’t know what Nate can give them because of his swing type. I don’t think he will ever be a regular.

  3. B says:

    I just want to point out that Jeff Francoer was arguably the single worst player in major league baseball last year. In terms of win values he contributed -1.2 win values (based on fangraphs stats), the single worst number for qualified players in major league baseball…

    I hope Schierholtz is better than that, however, it seems most scouts have him pegged as a 4th outfielder type.

  4. Dave S. says:

    I would prefer to see him kept as opposed to keeping Dave Roberts around because of the huge contract that Sabean gave him, which prohibits anyone wanting him in a trade. Schierholtz’s arm and defense and power are better than Roberts, plus he is younger. If he turns into an “Andre Ethier” type, that is ok with me.

  5. Jeremy says:

    As a SRV alum, my opinion is biased. I’m pulling hard for him to at least get a real shot. He’d be better off getting traded to the Braves though…

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