Re: Moon: Please list players doing as poorly as Middlebooks and with his lack of seniority
posted at 6/21/2013 12:03 PM EDT
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
WMB is a young player struggling. Every year we see tons of young players that struggle. Some of them make the adjustments and become stars, and some of them never do.
The thing is WMB proved he can hit MLB pitching with almost a half season of all-star production last year. But the league has obviously adjusted to him, so it is on him to make an adjustment on his end. He needs to make that adjustment here as there is really nothing left for him to prove at AAA. He needs to prove he can hit pitches to the opposite field and be more patient at the plate.
That doesn't mean we give him the free pass to **** all year, especially in a playoff run.
I'm confident that WMB is going to have a good career, I would bet he makes a few allstar teams....but if he doesn't do something soon then I don't think it will be in Boston.
To be precise, Will Middlebrooks provided All Star production for his first 40 games last season, posting a .331/.368/.592/.960 line, before slumping to a .240/.276/.416/.692 line in his final 35 games.
Middlebrooks has about as much chance of making an All Star team as Seattle farmhand Alex Liddi, who was Middlebrooks' same-age, same-size, same-handedness opposing starting thirdbaseman in the 2011 Futures Game. Liddi's MLB career sample size resembles Middlebrooks' 2013 sample size:
AL 61 G, 188 PA, .208/.266/.370/.636, OPS+ 80
WM 53 G, 216 PA, .192/.228./.385/.617, OPS+ 62
He went into a slump last year yes But you can't say ignore these 40 games and look at these 35. If you average them out and look at a 162 game average he was a monster last year. With that said his struggles have carried over into this season and gotten worse so perhaps that makes his final month stand out more last year.
But all in all....he played like an all star last year....obviously he is not this year. Also the Hypothetical all-star games that Will Middlebrooks will play in are in the future and will be based on those years statistics. That is of course if he lives up to his potential, which he showed last year. The league has adjusted, this is likely one of the last big steps he will ever have to take to become that great player he was supposed to be....either he does or he doesn't.
I think I've said this 10 times today, I think WMB because a very good player, but it just might not be in Boston.