There’s nothing like 2 weeks of work-related training to sweep you away from baseball. Things I missed: The All-Star Game, most of the Pittsburgh series (this wasn’t a bad thing), and a few other odds-and-ends news items. While I’ve been away, I’ve been jotting things down here and there.
Here’s a few quick thoughts:
- Looking through some WAR leaderboards for the Giants, I was surprised to see Juan Uribe at #4 on the team for wins above replacement with +1.1 wins added. Uribe, a minor league invite, is on pace to put up a season in the +2 win neighborhood — making him exactly a league average player. I liked the addition of Uribe in a utility role, but he’s held down 2B admirably while others have flamed out. He’s not the solution, but he’s shown that he can field the position quite well. His BABIP of .346 is due for a regression, but right now the difference between Juan Uribe and some 2B trade targets is pretty small.
- Is there anything sadder than watching an athlete play a little too long? I’ve enjoyed all the good memories that Rich Aurilia gave the Giants, but it’s time to move on.
- The 2009 John Bowker reminded me a lot of the 2008 John Bowker. In a scant 21 at-bats he struck out 7 times — mostly on down-and-in breaking balls. Bowker, who’s most likely on his way back to AAA when the Giants recall Ryan Sadowski, looked raw at times while batting. I’d like to think the progress he’s made in AAA is real and that he just needs a little more time in the majors. I still believe in Bowkermania.
- It’s old news but Buster Posey has made his way to Fresno. The top hitting prospect in the Giants system gets the promotion after posting a .435 wOBA in the California League. If Posey handles AAA, he could see some late season action with the Giants. I don’t expect the Giants will hand over the keys to the starting catcher position to Posey in 2010, rather my best guess is that they’ll pair him with a veteran catcher (Bengie Molina on a 1-year deal?) and ease him into the job.
On Deck: Looking at Jason Schmidt’s return to the major leagues with PFX, Finding player comps for the Kung-Fu Panda, and Risers and Fallers in the farm system.