Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Burrell Made for NL?

Pat Burrell can't field. Pat Burrell isn't fast. Pat Burrell should be in the American League and a DH right? Uh, no. The Tampa Bay Rays thought the prior and signed him to a 2 year $16M deal an offseason ago, and it went horribly wrong. In a season+ there, Burrell's OPS was in the .600's and was eventually given his walking papers. From the waiver wire the San Francisco Giants scooped up "The Bat" and gave him a week of minor league tuning up and before plugging him into the lineup where he's been mashing ever since. In 10 games Burrell has posted some impressive stats: .407/1.193, 5 r, 3 2b, 2 hr, 5 rbi. Yes, it's a small sample size, but maybe Burrell is just a better batter when he also plays the field. Previous to his disastrous stay in Tampa, he had reeled off a nice string of seasons with the Phillies and became a fan favorite. Time will tell how long this success with last in San Fran, but for now they've caught some cheap lightening in a bottle.

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