I apologise about the earlier entry (now removed) in which only a title appeared. I have no idea what on earth I could have done to make the entire entry disappear, but I guess I will just have to re-write it.
Anyway, Mike Hampton got his butt kicked to heck and back today and Wesley Wright had his first bad outing all spring.
Honestly, I don’t understand why they don’t send the guys who aren’t going to be on the ML team to the minors where they can actually get work done. Drew Meyer and Eli Iorg got their first ABs all spring today.
My gawd. Drew Meyer. One of those “can’t miss” prospects who sure nuff missed. Drafted in the second round out of HS, then in the first round of the 02 draft (to the Rangers) he has been in AAA since 05 and has posted OPS (in the PCL) of .655/.583/.576/.674 – he has less power than Michael Bourn. Which goes to show that youneverknow.
Apparently, when he signed a minor league FA contract with the Astros, he as told he would be given an every day job. Not sure how that is going to work, unless he is willing to go to AA because Tommy Manzella will be playing short and Drew Sutton second base at Round Rock.
And actually, I feel sorry for the guys who get invited to Spring Training who, from the getgo, have zero chance of making the team in the first place, such as David Newhan, John Gall or Reggie Abercrombie. I suppose they are really there in case one of the already determined roster is injured, but still, it must be hard to march out there and do your best when you know that your best will NOT be good enough.
Sometimes, I look at career minor leaguers like John Gall, guys who put up great numbers year after year after year in AAA, yet didn’t get a chance in the majors, either from their parent team or from any other team who wanted them in a trade. Why figure that if team X didn’t want him nobody else would? Some guys are promoted, given chance after chance, then manage to hang on in some kind of reserve role for at least part of the year while guys like Gall really never get any sort of chance.
Look at Luke Scott – the Astros never wanted him on the ML team at all and weren’t real too happy when he hit himself onto the team in ST. They sent him down as soon as they could. Not only that, they signed a Proven Veteran (Preston “Whiff” Wilson) on the far far downside of his career after the season was over in spite of the fact that Luke had hit like crazy in AAA, yet again and was CLEARLY ready for the majors. Then, after he almost singlehandedly propelled the Astros into the postseason with a 165 OPS+ over 252 PA, they STILL wouldn’t give him a full time job, claiming that he couldn’t hit leftys when his OPS was essentially the same vs both.
They didn’t like him, didn’t want him to succeed.
I don’t get why.
You know, I hear a whole lot of the Keith Law stat geeks talking about how a team could save themselves money by using guys like John Gall, but teams rarely want to give any player past the agreed upon age of “prospect” a chance – except for, perhaps, a few pinch hits here and there, so that they can point to his failures and say – see, he can’t succeed.
It’s not that you can say – use what works. You look at a Jason Michaels (to use an example) who has OPS+ of 73, 85, 87 over the past 3 years and as a team, you won’t allow the possibility that someone else is better or might could be significantly better given a chance?
One of these days, I like to ask someone who is out of baseball why on earth these predeterminations of Who Will Be Allowed To Succeed are so set in stone.
I am SOOOO ready for the season to start.
Still no word on whether Jason Smith or Edwin Maysonet will win the utility IF job, although at this point, I would guess it would be more likely to be Maysonet because of his superior glove.