- Alfonso Soriano
has gotten a lot of attention for his play, and
has managed to be adequate so far, but the Yankees could do themselves a
huge favor by simply trading left sides of the infield with Triple-A Columbus.
OBP SLG Alfonso Soriano .291 .406 D'Angelo Jimenez .350 .380
OBP SLG Tino Martinez .360 .481 Nick Johnson .451 .571
Soriano’s BA has slipped to .284, dragging his nearly-walk-free OBP with it.
It’s nearly impossible to help your team if your OBP is under .300.
Jimenez and Johnson are the only real position-player prospects the Yankees
have above A-ball, although a healthy Drew Henson would change that.
Juan Rivera is hammering the Eastern League for Norwich, but with
just six walks in 165 plate appearances, skepticism is warranted.
- If the Expos continue to get nothing out of their left fielders, look
for Brad Wilkerson‘s stay in Ottawa to be brief. He’s a doubles
machine whose season is only now getting started due to an off-season
shoulder injury. He’s the left-handed power hitter the Expos have
desperately needed since
What I’ll want to see is whether Wilkerson continues to show good plate
discipline when he gets to Montreal. He’s had good walk rates coming through
the system, but Expo prospects haven’t maintained that skill upon reaching
- The best player in the International League–a league very thin on
prospects–so far this year is probably
who is hitting .321/.392/.672 as Pawtucket’s DH. Given Jimy Williams’s
problems with Alcantara last season and Williams’s preference for glove men,
Alcantara looks like a good bet to win league MVP honors, because he should
be there all year.
- Not only are the Phillies getting good pitching at the major-league
level, but their top prospects are having good years. The rotation core at
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre–Evan Thomas, Dave Coggin, Brandon
Duckworth, and Nelson Figueroa–has a composite strikeout-to-walk
ratio of better than 3-to-1, and all of the four have ERAs of 3.68 or below.
This depth could help the Phillies trade to patch their holes at second base
and catcher, and is even more reason why the Braves need to be worried.
- Exactly how did
clear waivers? He’s now hitting .390/.446/.720 for Calgary, with pretty
much no chance of returning to the Marlins anytime soon. He deserves a
- The Cardinals’ nine-game winning streak has taken attention away from
the lousy job their rotation had been doing, but if Andy Benes and
Dustin Hermanson continue to struggle, the pressure to bring up
Bud Smith will increase. Smith is taking apart the PCL, with a 2.25
ERA in 52 innings, a 43/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio and just two home runs
- Chad Hermansen
may officially be done. He’s at .202/.287/.321 through 84 at-bats, with
A few years back, we did a feature here at the Web site in which everyone
submitted their top 20 prospects. Clay Davenport took all kinds of heat for
being the only staff member who did not include Hermansen on that list. His
reasoning was that Hermansen was such a bad defensive player that his
deficiencies would prevent him from developing as expected.
If meteorologists could only predict the weather this well…
- More evidence that Billy Beane is smarter than everyone else: Eric
Ireland, acquired for
in the off-season and widely referred to as "who?", has an ERA of
2.92, 34 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 52 1/3 innings.
- It’s not just happening at Safeco. The Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners’
Triple-A affiliate in the PCL, have an ERA of 2.79, which leads the league
by nearly a full run.
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