I have read Talking Chop for a couple of years now, but never posted. Live in Lexington and saw Rome twice last week against the Legends. Thought I would share my observations:
-Lucas Sims looks like "the goods" to me. Between both games and both teams, he was obvious top prospect. Went to game with other Legends fans and three pitches in, they observed that he was different. Hope that holds up. He seems to already unusually know who he is and how to pitch.
-Was impressed with Josh Elander. Not many hits, but a lot of hard hit balls that found gloves. He should not be with Rome much longer. Needs a bigger challenge.
-The catcher (forgot name and do not have my notes) who has been hurt a lot this year hit a ball as hard as I have ever seen for a standup double. Not sure what skills he has overall, but just an observation.
-Ubiera really battled well in his season debut. Did not give up anything hit hard, although struggled with control. Nice outing for a debut on the season and for a guy without much fanfare.
-I just do not see the hype on Peraza. He is a very light hitter and his speed does not jump out. His range at shortstop does not match his speed and he seems to react late. Not a fan. I was actually more impressed with Eric Garcia.
-Blake Brown. Athlete. And that is it to this point. He just does not seem like a baseball player. Apparently, he had a nice trip after leaving Lexington, but he just does not swing bat like someone who has played much baseball.
-Like Elander, Trenton Moses did not have a lot of good numbers, but he has a solid bat. Probably a AAAA player for 8-10 years but a solid stroke.
I will add more when I find my notes, but as a new member wanted to add my thoughts. Unfortunately, Rome only makes one trip to Lexington this year so will be tough to add anything else. In general, Rome has a lot more talent to offer than the previous two years they traveled up here. Cody Martin was most impressive player I had seen prior to this trip, but Sims and Elander have a better chance to be in Atlanta than anyone else I have seen.