Well, if there really is that much consensus by everyone else but us that he can't play the IF who the hell would give up much of anything for him? If there is any light that he can play IF then I thin you have to do what the Orioles are doing imo and exhaust all the valuable IF options until he proves he can't do it. I don't think we're there yet. I'm sure RZ knows his stuff, but it's just amazing to me that a guy drafted as a SS, now has too "weak" of an arm for second base.
Like Chris, I'd really like to see this guy myself.
That's not exactly what I said. You can play a guy with a weak arm at 2B. Of course, you would hope that he might have plus range or something else going for him. With Mountcastle, you have both a player with limited range and a weak arm. That combination would make him a liability at 2B. I don't know if the Orioles would consider trying him at 2B. From the reports I've read, I would guess not. Obviously, the only way we'll find out is if he fails at 3B and we'd see where they try him next. Obviously 2B is a more preferable and important position than LF or 1B, so you'd think they'd try him there if they thought he might be able to handle it. In fact, most shortstops who don't quite make it there, go from SS to 2B (Brian Roberts/Jerry Hairston/Jon Schoop) so it's curious that Mountcastle went from SS to 3B instead. Some will argue that it's because of Manny leaving but I think it has just as much to do with what I've been talking about.