A 21 year old who will have less than 200 AB's in AA... ready to battle for the starting RF job in 2013?
I think we have to get past this insanity of wanting to rush every kid to the big leagues based on small sample sizes in the lower levels.
Yes teams are doing it more and more these days - the Orioles just did it with Machado - but I think it has to be done only with EXCEPTIONAL talent. And exceptional talent is rare...
Mike Trout at least got over 400 plate appearances in AA and nearly 100 in AAA. He hit .326 in AA over his 400 PA's - Liriano is hitting .277 in AA, nearly 50 point difference
Is Liriano ready - I guess it's possible - but not likely - Let's let these kids bake until ready rather than rushing them to San Diego because we don't like the guy who is here now
I am totally opposed to the philosophy of signing an aging vet or a bounceback player - I'd prefer to see them go get someone on a 2 year deal with an option even if they have to slightly overpay - we need a consistent hitter in RF that can hit more than .245 and who can complement a guy like CQ, Headley and Alonso - a middle of the order producer type...
I have been over the Will Venable Experiment since last year - he hit .245 in 2010 - .246 in 2011 - and is hitting .245 in 2012 - I think a pattern has emerged - that's what he is going to be. He will have over 1500 AB's at the end of this season and that is a large enough sample to know what he is... he had a good month of May this year and once again the Hope that Venable is going to emerge got legs again - but as with all of his good Septembers it's short lived and goes right back to being a .245 hitter...
Deno sadly now is stamped with the Utility Guy role and will most likely have to leave San Diego to shake it... I could live with Deno in RF for a year if the Pads do decide to go that way - I have been guilty of calling him only a 4th or 5th OF'er but what he is - is a good baseball player... but watch my words - if Deno was named the every day starter he would be hated by the ASG because he won't hit HR's in a "Power Position" -
totally agree about the aging vet thing...and about Will. I also think that petco seems to hurt his stats more than most...I think he'd do much better in a place like Philly, and a move to center field...
I'm still holding out hope the stars align and they trade for Alex Gordon, no matter if Liriano continues to rocket...
I can't help but get excited at the thought of adding Gordon and Peavy, and having Cashner stay healthy as a starter next year...go ahead and call me homer, but that's as good of team as any to compete for a WS - (yeah, i said it)
Historically it's been hard for guys to shake the Utility tag once managers see them in that role I I think the Pads have the money to go get a front line pitcher and a productive RF... Filling those two holes would go a long way in improving the team for 2013 with some hope of player closer to how they are playing in the second half than how they played in the first half -
so true about Peavy...crazy pitching motion...i mean the guy tore his lat off for crissakes...
but I still can't help but love the guy and hope to see him again in a Padre uniform.
I may be the biggest Peavy fan on this board - he's one of my favorite baseball players ever - not just favorite Padres - in all of baseball - of all time
But I am off the sentimental wagon - when we had nothing and no chance to REALLY improve the most enjoyable part of being a Padres fan was seeing Greg Maddux, David Wells, Mike Piazza... but now I want to field the best possible team if the means are truly there to do that
Peavy if healthy and back in the NL and back in PETCO would most likely be better than he has been in Chicago - and that would be great - it's just counting on him to STAY healthy again over the course of the season doesn't seem likely
the problem with will might be petco and not will.
2010 road opswill: 771
2011 road opswill: 711
2012 road opswill: 865