Bats win 7-1
Maloney: 5 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Fisher: 1 IP, 1 BB
Herrera:1 1/3 IP, 2 K, 2.08 ERA
Rosales:3-5, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI
Hanigan: 2-5, double, RBI
I'd keep an eye on how Carlos Fisher does the rest of this year and next year. He had a .179 BAA, 4 BB, 12 K in 7 2/3 IP in Louisville entering tonight. Small sample size, but he seems to be handling Louisville alright.
Last edited by AmarilloRed; 08-08-2008 at 10:38 PM.
Lookouts win 4-0
Lecure: 7 1/3 IP, 2 hits, 9 K
Geronimo:1 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Dorn:3-4, double , RBI
Stubbs:1-4, double, RBI
The Sarasota game was suspended by rain
Last edited by AmarilloRed; 08-08-2008 at 10:47 PM.
Dragons lose 14-3
Bour:2-4, 2 doubles
K. Jones: 2-4
Mustangs up 4-0 in the 6th
Arneson: 6 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB, 8 K
Puckett: 2-2, HR
Wiley: 2-2, HR
Konstanty:1-2, double, 2 RBI
Last edited by AmarilloRed; 08-08-2008 at 10:54 PM.
The question is whether Rosales can keep up this type of play. The normal truth is probably somewhere in between. He wasn't as bad as he was in the first few months, but he's likely not the same player he has been the last few. I'd expect he's somwhere in between, and with his mediocre fielding, that does not project to be a regular. Until he keeps up that type of play for longer periods of time, his ceiling translates as more of an offensive minded utility man (think a more powerful, less contact oriented Jeff Keppinger) that can fill in at multiple positions. The type of guy to be proud of on your bench, but ashamed to be penciling in on an every day basis.
Actually I expect Rosales to be just about what he was the last 2 months - not as bad as the first month and not as incredible as the current one. Rosales can hit, period. I think his bat will translate very well to the majors but his first year will be ups and downs as he adjusts. I'm not at all afraid of him at third base if it came to that but again, there's the learning curve all over again. What he's not going to do is come up and immediately shine. Besides, as AK points out, his defense is mediocre and that would just perpetuate the same problem we already have with EE at third. Okay bat, suspect defense.
I think Rosales translates to be something of a 2005 version of Rich Aurilia. He can play all the infield spots (albeit not great), he's right-handed, and he has a little power. Sure, he'll strike out more, but beyond that, I don't see the two as being all that different from each other.
I see Rosales as a utility infield bench type for a couple years, and we use his bat as a pinch hitter...
As for the large sample size, take a look at last years numbers where he was the minor league hitter of the year over Jay Bruce...He had a very bad month in April and I agree that the larger sample size is better to look at but he still isn't that bad and he isn't as good as hit hot month right now, but I think he could bring some much needed pop off the bench at a cheap price...
FTR, I think Valaika is in the same mold and maybe he should be sold off before his value falls from potential every day MI with a decent bat to supersub who doesn't play well enough defensively to hold down a spot every day. Develop Rosales as a supersub, dump Freel if possible, hold the line with Hairston and flip Valaiaka in a deal for a vet to fill a spot.
Rosales and Dickerson give the Reds a couple of fairly cheap but promisong bench options for 2009 and should help the team save some cash for elsewhere. If they show thay can handle a bigger role, all the better.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Rosales doesn't play second and short, does he? He sounds to me like Andy Phillips.
I'm pretty sure I posted before you, dougdirt. I don't know how the message board screwed that one up.