Youkilis and Middlebrooks

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    Youkilis and Middlebrooks

    Do we have confidence in Youk to finish the season and return to his 2009 form? And if not, what are the chances we will see Will Middlebrooks some at third this year?
     
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    Clearly the job is Youk's to lose. Middlebrooks is where he needs to be right now, working on improving his craft. Let's hope Youk stays healthy and is at third all season.
     
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    Clearly the job is Youk's to lose. Middlebrooks is where he needs to be right now, working on improving his craft. Let's hope Youk stays healthy and is at third all season.
    Posted by antibody

    Agreed While I think a return to 2008-09 production is a bit much to expect, I think Youk will stay relatively healthy and put up more than respectable numbers. Middlebrooks' time will come.
     
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    K/W is 8/0 in ST for Middlebrooks.
     
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    Middlebrooks isn't close to being ready at all.  It would be way more likely to see Aviles go to third and Iggy play short than to see Middlebrooks.
     
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    "lET ME BE CLEAR"  Youk, like the "BIG O, is expendable"  !!!!
     
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    "lET ME BE CLEAR"  Youk, like the "BIG O, is expendable"  !!!!
    Posted by Bill-806


    i disagree. how are you going to replace Youk's OBP or bat in the lineup? you certainly aren't going to get it from middlebrooks and as much as i like aviles he is no OBP machine like youk is
     
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    I voted for the fourth choice. The last two years, I posted that I expected big years from Youk because he was at the ages where he could/should put up career years.

    And he got hurt.

    So I'll go the other way this year. While I think there's a strong chance that the first choice will be the answer, I wouldbn't be surprised if he got hurt again. And if he does go out, I think Middlebrooks might get a shot, especially if he gets off to a strong start in Pawtucket.

    Snake -- Middlebrooks might not be ready, but I disagree with the terminology "isn't close." I think he's knocking on the door.
     
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    "lET ME BE CLEAR"  Youk, like the "BIG O, is expendable"  !!!!
    Posted by Bill-806


    Youkilis is the bst RHH in the lineup and Middlebrooks is an overhyped prospect who should be dealt while his stock is still relatively high.

     
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    There is no way Youk makes it through the season.  I do agree with snake that Iggy will get the call and Av will move to 3rd.  Either way it's an upgrade.

     
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    There is no way Youk makes it through the season.  I do agree with snake that Iggy will get the call and Av will move to 3rd.  Either way it's an upgrade.
    Posted by never1954


    Why? Bad luck?  It's not as if he has a chronic back, or knee, or concussion problem that flares up every year.  He plays hard, he's aging, etc. but I can't see why we shouldn't be optimistic.
     
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    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks:
    I voted for the fourth choice. The last two years, I posted that I expected big years from Youk because he was at the ages where he could/should put up career years. And he got hurt. So I'll go the other way this year. While I think there's a strong chance that the first choice will be the answer, I wouldbn't be surprised if he got hurt again. And if he does go out, I think Middlebrooks might get a shot, especially if he gets off to a strong start in Pawtucket. Snake -- Middlebrooks might not be ready, but I disagree with the terminology "isn't close." I think he's knocking on the door.
    Posted by royf19


    Agreed.  My language was too strong.  With that said he only has 56 AAA at bats and in those 56 at bats he hit 161.  I think it is fair to say a year at AAA wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for his development.
     
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    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks : Agreed.  My language was too strong.  With that said he only has 56 AAA at bats and in those 56 at bats he hit 161.  I think it is fair to say a year at AAA wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for his development.
    Posted by snakeoil123


    I don't think he's that close either.  I don't remember anyone ever succeeding with that type of K/W ratio.
     
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    If Youk gets hurt again, I think Aviles will slide over to 3B and Iggy becomes the SS.
     
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    If Youk gets hurt again, I think Aviles will slide over to 3B and Iggy becomes the SS.
    Posted by moonslav59



    correct
     
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    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks : Agreed.  My language was too strong.  With that said he only has 56 AAA at bats and in those 56 at bats he hit 161.  I think it is fair to say a year at AAA wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for his development.
    Posted by snakeoil123


    You're probably right.

    I think it might depend on what time of year it is should Youk get hurt and how everyone else is doing. If it's late July and Middlebrooks is lighting it up in Triple A while Iggy is struggling, they might bring up Middlebrooks. If Middlebrooks is struggling or just playing average and Iggy shows strong improvement at the plate, then I could see Aviles sliding over. 
     
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    If Youk gets hurt again, I think Aviles will slide over to 3B and Iggy becomes the SS.
    Posted by moonslav59


    Most likely, unless Middlebrooks is just absolutely tearing it up in AAA and can't be held down. Probably won't happen that way, but it'd be nice.
     
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    Now I lay me down to sleep.
    I pray the Lord, Youk's health He keeps.
    And if I die before I wake.
    I pray Bill Mueller makes a comeback...
     
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    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks:
    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks : You're probably right. I think it might depend on what time of year it is should Youk get hurt and how everyone else is doing. If it's late July and Middlebrooks is lighting it up in Triple A while Iggy is struggling, they might bring up Middlebrooks. If Middlebrooks is struggling or just playing average and Iggy shows strong improvement at the plate, then I could see Aviles sliding over. 
    Posted by royf19

    I think Ben was close to choosing Iggy over Aviles as it was. If Youk gets hurt, I think Iggy gets called up even if he is struggling, unless Middlebrooks advances quite a bit.

     
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    If anything happens to Youk it will be a really tough hole to fill in the batting order...I think most of the replacements could handle the fielding...just doubt any of them would fit in the middle of the lineup like Youk.
     
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    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks:
    In Response to Re: Youkilis and Middlebrooks : I think Ben was close to choosing Iggy over Aviles as it was. If Youk gets hurt, I think Iggy gets called up even if he is struggling, unless Middlebrooks advances quite a bit.
    Posted by moonslav59


    Like I said -- it will depend on how everyone is doing. If Iggy is struggling to hit .220 and Middlebrooks is lighting it up and Aviles is hitting decent and playing good-enough defense, the Sox would be stupid to bring Iggy up in that scenario.

    On the other hand, if Aviles and Punto are struggling defensively at SS and Middlebrooks is just playing OK and Iggy is batting a solid .240 or better and showing like he has a clue at the plate, then it's a no-brainer to bring Iggy up.

    Of course, the best scenario has Youk healthy all year and having a career year and Aviles playing strong SS both offensively and defensively. Then neither Middlebrooks nor Iggy will have to be thrown into a situation they're not ready for.
     
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    Today, Middlebrooks is close to GG caliber at 3B. It is his bat that is keeping him back. If Youk is injured why not replace him with GG? His bat is still better than Iggy, and Middlebrooks offensive holes and all is still capable of power numbers
     
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    Do people really wrestle with these things when all the while circumstances and well-paid people actually decide what happens?


     
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    Today, Middlebrooks is close to GG caliber at 3B. It is his bat that is keeping him back. If Youk is injured why not replace him with GG? His bat is still better than Iggy, and Middlebrooks offensive holes and all is still capable of power numbers
    Posted by rkarp

    I'm not sure of Will Middlebrooks' range at his size (6-4, 225), but I know that last year Middlebrooks committed 16 errors in fewer than 100 minor league games (for a .933 fielding percentage):

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=middle001wil
     
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