Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Singles Bar

Say hello to Joey Gathright- singles hitter. The KC outfielder was just placed on the 15-day DL yesterday, and I'm sure the Royals are going to miss his hitting prowess. Joey is batting .259, which isn't horrible. However, his slugging percentage is a ghastly .267...how the hell is that even possible? I'll tell you how- of his 62 hits, 59 have been singles (2 doubles, 1 triple, no homeruns). His on base percentage must be the thing that makes him worthwhile then right? You would think, but unfortunately for Kansas City that is also a no-go with it being only .302, making his OPS a craptastic .569. Gathright is a speedster (21 stolen bases in '08), and that's about the only good he's got going for him, but he doesn't get on base enough to utilize it. Welcome to the singles bar...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Overhyped

The following young men have been hyped as "Can't Miss Prospects", but they've obviously been overhyped and they surely are missing. The Suspects- Andy Marte and John Van Benschoten.

Marte was signed as a free agent by the Braves in 2000 out of the Dominican Republic. He came highly touted and was supposed to be their future 3rd baseman eventually displacing some slouch named Chipper Jones. Marte spent only 1 season with Atlanta (2005) before being the centerpiece in the trade to Boston that landed the Braves Edgar Renteria. Marte never played a game for the Red Sox as he was traded a month later to the Indians in a swap that involved players like Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota, Coco Crisp, David Riske, and Josh Bard. You would think a player of Marte's supposed ilk would be good, but he's anything but that. In 4 seasons with Atlanta and Cleveland the 24 year old Andy Marte has played in 129 games while batting only .198 with an ugly .594 OPS and has played very poor defense at 3rd at times.

Van Benschoten, Van for short, was a 1st round pick, 8th overall by the Pirates, back in 2001. He first launched on to the MLB scene in 2004, but floundered going 1-3 in 5 starts with a 6.91 era. Go figure that would end up being his crowning achievement as a big leaguer thus far. Since '04, Van has spent time with Pittsburgh in '07 and '08, but now has a lifetime line of 2-12, 8.66 era, 2.07 whip, and more walks than strikeouts...ouch!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hot-Hot-Hot!


I love me some ballgirls!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fun With Stats

Brad Ziegler was a nondescript career minor leaguer who the A's called up on a whim. Since his promotion to the Majors, he's gone on to rack up 19 scoreless innings over 17 games, while only allowing 11 hits and 4 walks. That's a ZERO era and 0.79 whip, not a bad way to start your career as a reliever.



Super utility man Willie Bloomquist has played every position for the Seattle, with the exception of catcher and pitcher, and played them well over his 7 year career. He's nothing special at the plate as his career .642 OPS would suggest, but his versatility should not be undervalued. Willie possesses next to no power, and he just collected his first extra base hit of the season on July 10th after 27 straight singles to begin the year.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bump that Ump!


I'd love to see this catcher bump that ump.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Big For His Age


Like David Wells, Cecil Fielder, and Dmitri Young, this lad is obviously big for his age.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Dodge This


Sometimes kids make too much sense.