Answering your questions

It’s time for another exciting edition. Got a few of them to get to, so let’s not waste too much more time. If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered here, email them to me or leave them in comments. Also, if you didn’t see it, the latest of my series on first-rounders making their debuts went up yesterday, this one on Astros’ top pick Jiovanni Mier. OK, enough self-promotion, on to your questions:

What’s up with Gaby Sanchez? I mean, 5 games- 3 for 8, 2008 MVP of
the Year while at Carolina?? Awesome kid. Just wondering what’s going on with
him. — Michael

Sanchez is doing just fine.The Marlins’ 4th-round pick in the 2005 draft is playing in New Orleans, Florida’s Triple-A affiliate. He missed some time in May with a knee injury, which is too bad becuase he was off to a really good start. Overall, he’s been hovering right around .300 (.298 as we speak) with 7 HR and 28 RBIs over 44 games. Perhaps more interesting is the fact he’s been playing a lot of third base since he came back, leading some to wonder what Emilio Bonifacio’s future looks like. Give Gaby some time to get back in a rhythm and I think you could see him back in the bigs in the second half at some point.

I would love to hear any feedback on who has the higher upside in the future,
Brett Wallace or Mat Gamel?    Also, who will “stick” at third? — Neven

Obviously, Gamel is already up and Wallace, at Triple-A, isn’t too far away. Not sure either are really upside guys, in the usual sense, though I guess I’ll give Gamel the slight nod there because Wallace more or less is who he is. Of course, that’s a pretty freaking good hitter, you know? I think Gamel will stick at third — the Brewers felt comfortable enough to let him play there in the bigs now. Of course, they did that with Ryan Braun when he first came up, too, so time will tell. And while most people didn’t think it possible, I’m beginning to think maybe Wallace stays there, too, at least for a little while. He’s made eight errors in total this year. It’s hard to know what that means exactly, but it’s certainly not awful.

I was wondering if there is a current pitcher that the Phillies top pitching
prospect Kyle Drabek has drawn comparisons to? Also, is he a future ace and No.1
starter?    I would appreciate it if you could write me back. — Joe

The easy thing would be to say his dad, Doug, and be done with it. I’m not a scout and I’m not so good at this game — the MLB comp game — but with his size and stuff, I guess you could say a Roy Oswalt or maybe a Ben Sheets? As for the second part of your question, it’s always dangerous to hang a “future ace” label around a guy’s neck. There are so few true aces in the game, .so I tend to not say he’s a No. 1 starter down the line. Does he have the stuff to be a front-of-the-rotation guy (see how I skirt around it?)? Sure he does. Maybe that means he tops a rotation one day, but it certainly wouldn’t be a disappointment if he’s a strong No. 2 or even an outstanding No. 3 pitcher in a deep rotation. If you’re a Phillies fan, thinking about Hamels-Carrasco-Drabek down the line sure is fun.

That’s it for this installment. Send in some more questions if you’ve got ’em…

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