Alex Eisenburg takes a close look at Nico Vasquez’s swing and finds the shortstop plumb in the middle of the Beckham spectrums. In other words, he doesn’t have Tim’s upside or Gordon’s polish, but he’s not that far from either in terms of overall talent.
Vasquez turns his hips on a firm front leg, which helps him generate power from his swing. One slight concern–and it may be from these particular swings the video provided–was how he would make contact a little too far out in front. This isn’t a case of a player looking to achieve extension because he’s not slapping/throwing his hands at the ball. It’s more a case of Vasquez starting his swing a little earlier than he needs to. He needs to wait on the pitch a little longer and give himself more time to recognize the pitch type and location.
Lastly, Vasquez has the swing plane to generate a sufficient number of fly balls. The more fly balls one hits, the more likely that hitter will hit for power. In the clips provided, Vasquez was able to get the ball on the sweet part of the bat, which gave the appearance of the ball “jumping” off his bat.
The latest in the As the Colby Turns drama, Joe Strauss recently chatted with fans Wednesday and said he sees value in promoting Rasmus if he is healthy. Mo says he’s not been cleared to play. After touting Rasmus, there was this exchange:
mike:… Just how big is Rasmus’ doghouse?
Joe Strauss: A double wide with a room addition planned upstairs.
Is this from his dad’s remarks? Did he act like he was entitled to a roster spot in the spring? I don’t know, but I cannot handle another young player/La Russa feud. There’s just too much talent to waste over ridiculous pettiness.
- Jermaine Curtis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the 9th. He went 2-5 with a strikeout overall.
- Edwin Gomez went 3-3 with a HR, a walk and 2 RBI.
- Charles Cutler went 2-4. He’s hitting .467 in postseason play.
- Scott Gorgen did his job, throwing six shutout innings. He allowed six hits, two walks and struck out four. He did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, inducing ten ground-outs.
- Ramon Delgado fouled things up, allowing three earned run over 2.1 innings.
- George Brown and Jason Buursma recorded the last two outs.
- Big win on the road, the Muckdogs go up 1-0 in the NYPL championship.