Originally Posted by Vottomatic
Matt Kemp and his .185 batting average say hi. 2012 = .303, 23 HR's
Jason Heyward and his .112 batting average say hi. 2012 = .269, 27 HR's
J Reddick and his .103 batting average say hi. 2012 = .242, 32 HR's.
Sure it's early, and I don't think hanigan is going to hit .88 or wherever he's at all year. Those guys are potential all stars or MVP candidates every year who are in their 20s, use power as a major part of their game, and are not blocking one of the top prospects at their positions. I wouldn't call Hanigan a complete Punch and Judy, but he doesn't bring much power and he's in his early 30s so honesty his skills are probably going to decline soon. I think it's a little unfair to compare younger all star types players with huge power upside to an older guy who is a tough defensive player, with any offense he produces considered to be a bonus. Especially when he is slumping and playing in front of the premier catching prospect from only a year ago.
Lost in all of this is the fact that we shouldn't just bench hanigan. He's an a very important part of this team. I think another thing that is lost too is that mes isn't a complete dunce behind the plate. Right now we are making a top prospect rusty and if I had to take a guess a little frustrated. If arroyo wants hanigan, I don't have an issue with it. He's the senior statesman of our staff. He's earned that right. Cueto is the ace he has too, but he's out. I just think it'd be a great time to start giving Mes more of a chance. Hanigan is slumping at the plate and one person that prefers hanigan to catch is on the DL. It'd be a great chance to see what mes has on a more consistent basis by letting him catch latos with cingrani and leake as well.