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    And Blandino and AlfRod.

    Or did you miss that. Including them was the point.

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    Re: aquino

    The trouble with spring training stats is that you can interpret them any way you want, and most folks will twist them to mean whatever they want them to mean. I cannot begin to count the number of times that I have heard folks say, "The hitters are ahead of the pitchers, right now." Or, "The pitchers are ahead of the hitters, right now." I've read BOTH statements at least a couple of times in posts written this spring.

    I agree that spring training stats ought to be taken with a big grain of salt. Especially for veterans who have poor spring numbers. However, for younger players, good spring numbers COULD be an indication of potential.

    I will use AlfRod as an example. The knock on him has always been his lack of hitting. Yet, this spring, he has hit ... and hit pretty well. Now we all have heard the old argument, "Pitchers are 'working on things.' in spring training." Pitchers may well be 'working on things,' but those guys didn't get where they are by collectively allowing guys with lifetime .250 OBP, suddenly become .385 OBP guys.

    Now I am absolutely not at all saying that AlfRod is some "hitting guru" in disguise, who will come out of nowhere to win batting titles; no. But I will say that perhaps AlfRod MIGHT develop into a little better hitter than folks have given him credit for, at least well enough to become a useful utility infielder.
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    Re: aquino

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS21 View Post
    Pitchers may well be 'working on things,' but those guys didn't get where they are by collectively allowing guys with lifetime .250 OBP, suddenly become .385 OBP guys.
    Over small samples of PA, sure they do. Even Juan Castro hit well sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD View Post
    Over small samples of PA, sure they do. Even Juan Castro hit well sometimes.
    Every game is a small sample size in itself. And even Juan Castro probably appeared on Joe Nuxhall's "Star of the Game" show a time or two.

    It does kinda blow my mind how that Juan Castro could last 18 seasons in the majors leagues with a lifetime OBS+ of 55.
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    Re: aquino

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Berenyi View Post
    it takes talent to hit all those homers in a month, let me know when winker and senzel combine to hit that many homers in a month
    Or when Senzel hits that many in a season...

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    Re: aquino

    Realized I found and posted in an old minor league Aquino thread:

    Watching the 1995 ALDS game 5 between NYY and SEA on YouTube. Caught the last minute of the earlier broadcast on MLB network and had serious FOMO and was lucky enough to find it.

    Aquino’s swing is modeled after Jay Buhner’s I am convinced. A Buhner like career would be a nice outcome.
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    Re: aquino

    I sure hope they don't trade him then:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUwSxqnRW-8

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