Chattanooga down 6-5 in the 8th
Pelland: 2 Innings, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 BB, 2 K
Jay Bruce finished 3-for-5 with a double and two singles. Good to see him hitting well again after a bad week.
Carlos Guevara threw a scoreless ninth for the save.
Guevara: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Minor irony? If indeed Homer is called up for next Saturday, after all of the arguments I have made for his call-up, I won't be able to see it or hear it, as I will be on a vacation with the family next weekend with no access to the game...
Just out of curiosity, is it really the least bit easy to project power potential at the major league level? I don't think it is, myself. It's not like current sluggers were knocking out 40 HR seasons in the minors prior to call-ups. Isn't a 20+ HR type season with .900+OPS and lots of doubles in the minors the kind of thing you want to see from someone if you harbor hopes they can someday hit 30+ homers a season in the bigs?
Just for example:
Highest minor league HR total on left/ highest MLB HR total on right
Chipper Jones: 15/45
Barry Larkin: 10/33
Jim Thome: 25/52
Miguel Cabrera: 10/33
Vladimir Guerrero: 24/44
Jason Bay: 20/35
David Wright: 15/27
Travis Hafner: 28/42
Jason Giambi: 12/43
Vernon Wells: 12/33
Power is usualy the last tool to develop. Joey Votto is showing the necessary signs that indicate he is going to hit for pretty good power down the road. 46 doubles + 22 homers last year at age 22 in AA is very good. I would not be surprised to see Votto hit 30 homers and 40 doubles in the major leagues.
Thanks OBM, great post. That's EXACTLY what I thought. I just don't see how anyone can look at what Votto's doing and assume he cannot someday mash homeruns at high rate in the majors. I would say, as with all players, it's an open question until he actually does it. But I think he profiles like the kind of player who COULD...