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October 24, 2008 1:13 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Tale of Two Right Fielders


Jay Jaffe

It's not always the stars who get put on the spot in the postseason.

Number nine on your scorecard, right field can sometimes seem like an afterthought in the lineup. Never mind that it was the position of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and (since it's the World Series) Reggie Jackson; in Little League it's a place where a team stashes a less talented player, a Timmy Lupus, in the hopes of his avoiding the spotlight. Neither the Phillies' Jayson Werth nor the Rays' Rocco Baldelli qualifies as either a Lupus or a Reggie, but the two right fielders nevertheless found the spotlight all night long in Game Two of the World Series, and not always for the better.

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October 8, 2008 3:36 pm

Player Profile: Jayson Werth


Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Kevin Goldstein

The retreaded former Orioles prospect has come a long way in 11 years.

Jayson Werth has contributed significantly to the Phillies' success this year, and is one of the reasons they find themselves in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right fielder hit .273/.363/.498, finally crossing the 400 at-bat threshold for a major league club after 11 years as a professional. Today we take a look at what took so long for this former highly-touted prospect to become a productive major league hitter.

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The Angels spent lots of money on their rotation this offseason, but was it worth it? Kerry Wood is having a fantastic spring, with improved control. The Tigers have spent the past few weeks upgrading their bullpen in a search for 65 wins. A number of Expos are taking trips to ''club med.'' The Giants have failed to upgrade their offense, while the Dodgers have made small strides. And the Blue Jays traded Jayson Werth, but perhaps for good reason.

  • But they spent so much money (Part II)... Last time, we looked how Arte Moreno's money isn't going to buy a whole lot of runs. Apparently, Moreno's money won't save a lot of runs either. The Angels spent $66.75 millio to sign Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar, who are projected to post EQERAs in the 4.00s and be worth just a few wins above replacement, apiece. The Halos' starting staff needs to beat PECOTA's projection if the club is to be playoff bound.
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