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Matt Thaiss MattThaiss MatThaiss Mathaiss Mathiss Mathis!!!!!!

Personally I can't wait until some bonehead pitcher tosses a meatball across the plate and Connor knocks it out of the park so I can say "Justus has been served!"

I predict everyone in this draft will suck.  I'll be mostly correct.  

There isn't a lot of college hitting in this year's Draft class, and the college catching crop is particularly thin. But Thaiss's ability with the bat, coming from a strong Virginia program, has him poised for early-round consideration. Thaiss has long impressed with the bat. His 10 home runs as a sophomore, while playing in a pitching-friendly home park, led the Cavaliers as they won the College World Series. He has an advanced approach at the plate and solid power, especially on the extra-base front, though he should have some over-the-fence pop at the next level. He's continued to be very consistent at the plate as a junior, though there are many questions about his ability to stay behind it as a pro. His catching skills are quite raw, with a fringy arm and rough receiving skills. Teams might want to send Thaiss out as a catcher; those that do might consider him in the opening round. But his bat alone -- and he has played first base at times -- should make him a day one selection.

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1 minute ago, Stradling said:

So, just to be clear, we hate the pick because he is a catcher?  Everyone on here is saying his bat is why they drafted him, so why is everyone pissed off?

His bat might be good for a catcher but he can't catch. Is his bat going to be good enough to make a good 1B or DH? That's a much tougher thing to do.

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