Anyone remember Big Ben McDonald? How about Jerome Walton?
The busts are there - always have been, always will be. But on RARE occasion, you just want to gamble because, well, damn it, a player is just THAT good. Case in point:
I was reading a few blogs and ran across The Writer's Journey and he had posted a link to a video showing Aroldis Chapman doing some live batting/pitching practice. You can find the vid here: Aroldis Hammering Away (watch the change up).
Amazing. Simply Amazing. This kid has got a serious arm, pretty decent control - some of the balls furiously hurtling to the catcher are simply a BLUR - the only reason you know it's a baseball flying by is because you know what the sport is.
I'm not a prospector, but now after watching him throw (and this is on the freaking internet - I can only imagine what it must be like to be a batter and go a few rounds), holy cow - if he can stay healthy, he could easily be a dominating force on the mound. I have a few of the Bowman cards of him, but now I'm beginning to itch to pick up his Donruss Elite auto.
Hmmmm.....if I go that route, better do it now before the season starts.
Or he could be a bust.
Ok, more later!