Summer 2007 Rank: 5
In choosing Rob Schremp as the number 5 prospect, I’ve passed over an NHL regular (Kyle Brodziak), a college kid kicking out the jams (Riley Nash) and a young man struggling to find his way in pro hockey after two quality junior seasons (Slava Trukhno).
It’s like choosing Dave Kingman over George Foster, Gary Matthews and Gary Thomasson: in a very narrow view, Schremp (like Kingman) is an impact prospect. After you list Garry Maddox (“Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox”) and the top drawer pitchers, then all of the guys with top skills and top flaws come right after.
Dave Kingman could hit the ball 6000 miles. When he made contact, the moon got nervous. Dave Kingman hit 442 home runs in his major league career, and was hitting a ton of them when his career ended. His final seasonal totals were 35(1984), 30(1985), 35(1986). He had incredible power.
He also struck out. A lot. He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.
He couldn’t field. At all. In 1973, the San Fransisco Giants played him for 60 games at third base and he made 18 errors. That’s a high total. Cincinnati won the division that year, and their most used third baseman played 123 games and made 9 errors. The Dodgers had the Penguin at third that year, and he did make 18 errors too.
In 146 games.
So they moved him to first base. You could play first base. Seriously. Drinking men have played first base in the major leagues, some of them it would appear were drinking between innings. Al Oliver couldn’t throw a pebble two feet and he played first base for the Montreal Expos. If you’re ever sitting it in a field and someone says “let’s play baseball” and you’ve never played the game, shout “I’ll play first” and you’ll be fine. Dead people can play first base.
They moved Dave Kingman to first base in 1974. He made 13 errors in 91 games. I try very hard not to swear on this blog, but that’s fucking impossible. FIRST BASE! That’s like forgetting to breathe. Los Angeles won the pennant that season, Steve Garvey made 8 errors in 156 games. In 1984 Garvey played first base for 159 games and didn’t make an error! Steve Garvey is my least favorite baseball player ever, and using him as an example hurts me, but the point needs to be made: Dave Kingman was a very one dimensional player.
Rob Schremp is similar. When your NHL head coach says “the things he needs to do to stay here long-term are not quick fixes. He needs the strength base and quickness. He’s got to be strong enough to battle at a standstill because he’s not going to outskate many guys….” and you’re still a prospect of note well then buster you’ve got one skill and your pro’s and con’s list is out of whack. There are other Dave Kingman’s in the world.
Ron Jeremy. George Bush. Judy LaMarsh.
Rob Schremp is hockey’s Dave Kingman. He is having a very nice run as we speak. In his most recent 7 AHL games, he’s 2-9-11 and word is he’s playing very well on LW (source: Kelly Buchberger, thanks Louise). He has desire and he has some swagger and I’ve seen him do amazing things exhibition style with the puck and a few things during the game that leave you slack-jawed.
I’ve gone into detail on Schremp here and here. Reaction to my thoughts on Schremp are often not positive, as seen here (Mudcrutch kills me btw, his nickname should be “you know you want to!”).
Rob Schremp is an outstanding prospect. In a very narrow view.
Can he play third base?