"and Valdespin is the left field"
"Adam Rubin ?@AdamRubinESPNTerry Collins said Lucas Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as pitch arrives. New plate approach work in progress."
He can work on his new plate approach all Spring for as far as I am concerned, but once the regular season begins if he is not hitting he should be on a very short leash.
"Spring training is to see what our team (prospects, veterans, etc) can do and bring the best up north"
Is it? I think that is a part of it but it is also to get players prepared for the regular season. Duda hit .300 with a .969 OPS last Spring, Thole hit .313 with an .847 OPS and Scott Hairston went 1 for 20 and that hit was a single.
So that right there should tell you how unimportant Spring Training statistics are when trying to determine whether to bring up a player or not.
"I'm not looking at the statistics, I'm looking at playing ability. Do you in all seriousness consider Duda a major league caliber player right now? "
On February 24th, no. But on April first who knows, only time will tell.
<<"If Cowgill and the rest are worse than Duda, I'm definitely missing something"
You might be missing something. Cowgill, Valdespin, Neuwenhuis, Baxter, Brown, etc are all 4th/5th/AAA OFers. I think we're all pretty aware the OF is a mess and the hope is Duda can supply some power. If not, no harm in giving him much of the season since there aren't exactly all-stars or anyone in the system ready to replace him.
"I'm more than willing to give him a chance, but it won't last forever."
Like I said, very short leash once the regular season begins.
Good thing this is inconsequential spring training game that has zero indication on how a player will perform in regular season
>>>> Correct! We can look to Duda's underwhelming body of work at the MLB (and minors) level to determine that he'll stink again this year!
I have never seen so many excuses given for one player as for Duda
>>> That's tough statement considering this is a board that still hosts scores of Pelfrey defenders :)