Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 4/9/2014 11:22 PM EDT
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I don't think anyone should be judged on one spring training record. Guys with great OBP skills seem to transfer better to MLB than big minor league boppers. That being said, I don't disagree that Cecchini may need more time in AAA. I trust Ben & Co. knows when the time is right.
JBJ has only had about 120 MLB PAs. It's way too early to judge his offense, but how can we not get encouraged by his recent play?
JBJ has a minor league OBP of .404 in close to a thousand total plate appearances. I'm not saying he will be over .360 or .370 his first full year in MLB, but nobody should be shocked if he does.
He seems to have lost the "deer in the headlights" look from last season's tiny sample size. His defense looks fantastic. He runs the bases smartly. He's staying patient at the plate and seems to have adjusted to how pitchers have been busting him inside. Very encouraging to me, but I'm still trying to stay cautious about getting overly gushy about the kid.
I still have high confidence in this year's offense. We may not score as much as last year, but I think the whole league will continue declining, and we should still end up a top 3 run scoring team. I think when Vic returns, the line-up lengthens and improves while at the same time, our defense improves greatly (as long as JBJ stays in the OF near FT).
I AGREE! IN CLASSIC BILL FASHION ( DAD AGREES ALSO ! )
I haven't seen much of the games at all as I've been very busy ( I confess ) but from what I have seen they don't even seem to be throwing JBJ inside as much recently. He must have done at least some damage to curtail that issue. His situational hitting has been terrific. The guy is just a winning player. Period.
He's always had a nice approach which helps a lot going forward.
It's nice to see the two kids get off to a nice start considering our W-L record. I think the pressure would have been building had we been losing as a result or partial result of 2 failing prospects at two crucial positions on a championship caliber team.
When Vic comes back, we will have some interesting decisions to make, and as long as JBJ keeps getting on base, I have to think he stays in the line-up...
1) Vic RF
2) Pedey 2B
3) Papi DH
4) Napoli 1B
5) Sizemore CF
6) Bogaerts SS
7) AJ P C
Eventually, we may see:
1) Vic RF
2) JBJ LF
3) Pedey 2B
4) Papi DH
5) Napoli 1B
6) Bogey SS
7) Sizemore CF
8) Middy 3B
9) AJ P C