From Wednesday's ESPN.com chat with BA's Jim Callis
Mike A. (Chico, CA): Hey Jim, thanks for taking our questions. What do the Yanks have in Jose Tabata? I was comparing his GCL numbers to those of Carlos Beltran, Andruw Jones, Bernie Williams, Lastings Milledge, Javier Herrera, and Jeremy Hermida when they were down in the Rookie ball ranks, and Tabata blew them all out of the water despite being a year younger. Is it officially OK to start getting excited? Thanks again
Jim Callis: (2:09 PM ET ) Tabata is a very intriguing talent, but calm down there. I wouldn't project anything based on Gulf Coast League stats, because they're essentially meaningless. Check out Sergio Nunez' and Tony Blanco's numbers sometime. Tabata is a great athlete, but he has a long way to go.
What does Callis know anyway besides a whole lot more than me?
From the same chat:
Kip (Boston): What can you tell us about Darrell Rasner? Is he really an improvement over Jason Anderson?
Jim Callis: (2:40 PM ET ) Rasner has a chance to pitch in the back of a rotation or in middle relief. I agree with the Yankees--I'd rather have him than Anderson. But he's not really a difference-maker.
ND Boston, MA: If you had to pick between Jon Lester or Phillip Hughes, who would you choose?
Jim Callis: (2:46 PM ET ) Lester. He's lefthanded, healthier and a lot closer to the majors right now.