I linked to a Ben Badler chat a while back disagreeing with him about Mortensen’s future in the big leagues. Now I’m calling him to task over Daryl Jones.
Ben (California): Can you compare OF prospects Michael Taylor and Daryl Jones for us?
Ben Badler: They’re both corner outfielders, but Taylor has about half a foot and 50-60 pounds on Jones, so Taylor is probably going to be the better power-hitting going forward. Both guys started to better leverage their lower halves into their swings last year, which is part of the reasons they were able to be successful last year and carry that over into this season. Their stocks are both on the rise.
This is, without question, sloppy and lazy logic. The conclusion may be correct (that Taylor will hit for more power) but the reasoning (that it’s because he’s tall and heavier) is at best incomplete. No where is there the remotest discusison of bat speed. Changes are good that I’ve got 30 pounds on Jones and several inches therefore I’ll be htting for more power too? Of course, the extension of that line of argumentation is beyond ridiculous but it goes to highlight how problematic the answer really is.
PJ Walters gets some press after his 8 strikeout, complete game yesterday. He offers a very level headed quote at the end.
“Right now, I’m here, so I’m going to enjoy it and pitch the best that I can,” Walters said. “If the way I pitch gets me back up there, then great. If they need me, I’ll be more than happy to go back up there. Right now, I’ve got to do well here or that’s not even an option.”
If I could swap PJ for Wellemeyer right now, I would.
There’s really no words for the difficulties that Jose Martinez has faced recently. Cardinal Nation sends its thoughts and prayers.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir was 2-for-4.
- Brett Wallace was 0-for-4 with his first error.
- Evan MacLane continues his tear as a Memphis Redbird. He allowed just 1 unearned run in his 6.2 IP. He allowed 7 hits and struckout 3 against an 1 walk. In 28 innings, McLane has struck out 20 and walked just 2. I don’t know much about him but I’ll have to watch some video soon. As a 26 year old, he doesn’t inspire much hope that he’s “legit” in the long term, but he’s having a nice go of it right now.
- Josh Kinney struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. He stranded 2 baserunners and needed just 21 pitches (13 strikes) to do his work.
- Shane Peterson was 2-for-4.
- Palm Beach collected just 1 walk and 6 hits (1 XBH).
- Scott Gorgen struck out 4 over 6 innings. He allowed just 4 hits and walked 2.
- Eduardo Sanchez turned in another 2 scoreless frames striking out 2. He’s struck out 22 in 23 innings walking just 5. He’s got nearly a 3:2 GO:AO ratio. There’s no real reason I can see for him to not be in Springfield right now.
- Adam Reifer was no bueno today. He allowed all 4 runs retiring just 1 batter.
- Niko Vasquez went 0-for-3 with 3 strikeouts. Taking a glance at the roster, he strikes me as the only player who projects as a future big leaguer. It’s something of a down year for QC prospect wise. The best counter points might be Aaron Luna (DL) and Brett Lilley. Color me uninspired though.
- 4 hits and 1 walk for the River Bandits. They struck out 11 times. Blech.
- Hector Cardenas allowed just 2 hits and 1 run in his 5 innings of work.
- Andres Rosales followed him striking out 6 but getting tagged for 2 runs on 4 hits.