John Manuel of BA had a chat today where he discussed top minor leaguers at various positions.
Us Giants fans should be happy after the chat today, because Manuel wrote glowing reports of Marcus Sanders.
Q: Rowdy Hardy from Clarksville, TN asks:
Who would consider the best base stealer in the minors? Anyone to challenge Ricky Henderson's records in near or distant future?
A: John Manuel: Marcus Sanders is my pick, speed with savvy and the boldness to steal a lot of bases. But no one's touching Rickey's 130 or career mark in the near future, not that I can see, people just don't play that way anymore and Rickey was a very unique player.
Q: Ian from Illadelph asks:
Please justify Marcus Sanders over Dustin Pedroia. My BA subscription renewal rests upon your answer. The clock is ticking...
A: John Manuel: That's a ceiling deal, and I like Pedroia a lot. I consider Sanders the best leadoff hitter in the minors--a line-drive bat, ability to take a walk and game-changing speed combined with baserunning savvy. Just harder to find than Pedroia's tools, and that's even with Pedroia's tools playing up because of his outstanding makeup, drive and desire.
My analysis: I am so excited because I have always wanted the Giants to be more active on the basepaths. Manuel considers him the best leadoff man with the potential to change the game with his speed!! Another real plus is that Sanders can take a walk and can GET ON BASE where he then can wreak havoc on the other teams. If he can stay in the MI, he could be one of those "impact" players.
What do you guys think about Sanders and was there any other interesting comments that were made today? On a side note, Manuel discussed the Giant's future 2B situation also.