Saturday, March 24, 2007
Team Building Slowly
Kory Casto, the man without a position, has tore up The Grapefruit League hitting. Kory has banged out 11 hits, knocked in four runs, along with a robust on base percentage of .472 in limited playing time. But, its not going to matter over the next 10 days.
As much as Our Washington Nationals are claiming Casto is making their late Spring Cuts far more difficult than anticipated, Casto is going to be sent to AAA Columbus. Unless there is an injury to another player, He does not make The Opening Day Roster. And, its not a bad thing. A 3rd Baseman by trade, Kory has no chance to play the hot corner with The Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman will be in that spot for years to come. So, Casto moved to Left Field last year at AA Harrisburg to learn a new position, because of "Z". He flourished. Now, with a logjam of Out Of Options players in Ryan Church and Chris Snelling in Washington's Left Field--Casto has been working at First Base--learning yet another position. His versatility alone at three different positions will get him to The Major Leagues very soon.
Kory Casto is pushing, not only the veteran players in front of him, but also management to take notice of his skills. Obviously, everyone has. But, for Casto to take the big step up, Our Washington Nationals need to make the moves that benefit the teams long term plans, and send him down. That plan includes Church and Snelling getting quality playing time to make an impression of their own, on The Major League Roster. If Church plays well, you can bet, his trade stock will increase significantly. Church and Snelling playing well actually benefits Casto's development. If Ryan and Chris get off to hot starts, other teams might call for their services. If one or the other does not play well, Kory can get the call up. Its a no lose situation.
Playing everyday for The Clippers at AAA, you can bet, when Kory does get that call up to the Majors, he will be ready--most likely staying for years to come. Kory Casto would be fighting for playing time on The Major League Roster come April 2nd if on The Nationals Roster. No one wants to see that. Why rush a player now, whether he's ready or not, at the expense of improving your team over a few more months? Kory Casto will be in the Majors before September, 2007. He may well be disappointed next week when the final word come down, but he should not be deterred.
General Manager Jim Bowden knows; Manager Manny Acta knows; All Management knows Casto can play. All are relishing the fact that Kory wants it badly. Casto will be rewarded, as Our Washington Nationals slowly, patiently, build their team of the future. Those are the breaks of the game.
To use the phrase of my good friend SenatorNat: ITS ALL GOOD!