Sounds he'd be worth checkin out in ST.
I have a Visa/Passport issue rollin around in my head which equals = persona non grata???
"If that's the case" then its a personal problem between the Mgr. and Anderson. Is that what your sayin Art?
OK Art, then you tell us why Anderson won't be at ST
I kinda figured you knew more than what your sayin but you know what Art, It really 'burns my bacon' to see talent wasted.
Here's what I've read. He has no patience at the plate. Even though he has great zone recognition, his lack of patience at the plate makes him a contact hitter with very little power. And he seems to have refused to follow instructions to "wait for the right pitch". And we all know how the Rays are with regard to "waiting for the right pitch". In Coach's book, that's a no-no. Tantamount to insubordination.
His ISO was barely above league average (IL) and projections are that he would be a slightly above-average contact hitter with very few walks and fewer HRs (around 5?).
No one seems to be saying that he will be at the ML level another Keppinger. Also, he's stuck between 1B and corner outfield. So as to versatility, there is none.
As to Wrigley, he's still unsigned. It's not like teams jumped at the chance to get him.
Beyond all that, I would have given Anderson an invite to ST. Really, what's to lose? He's not exactly a prospect anymore. Btw, they couldn't be brought up last September. They were not on the 40-man roster.
Patience at times can be overrated. A batter can wait himself right into strike 3! As far as not being a big homer guy.....who the he!! cares as long as gets on base. If Anderson can ride that .300 BA into spring Training and sustain it then one of the greatest things to happen to the Rays is we've accomplished acquiring a hitter, like a Keppinger or even Kotchman that can play CF and can be counted on to Hit the Ball. If the Rays need a big homer guy then they should look for a young Jim Thome but they don't need him. The Rays need someone who can drive in people who are on base. I'm not guaranteeing Anderson nothin but hes in our own backyard waiting, ready to step up to the majors.
Like ya said starmand, "What's to lose" by inviting him to ST. Give the guy a chance for criminy sakes. That's all
Projections on Anderson are around .260-.270 BA, very few walks and fewer homers. BABIP might not get that high due to ML defense.
RFO better come up with an alternative. The memories of last season's bases loaded, no outs and no runs scored are still very fresh in the prefrontal cortex.
I did not know that Wrigley was signed by the Reds. MiL with ST invite, I gather.
Ya know I always appreciate your JMHFO