Thursday, February 18, 2010
Right for right
Starting pitcher: M.C. O'Connor
Nate "The Olympian" Schierholtz has the inside track on the RF job, or so we've been told. And I like young Nate--he should have been given more of a chance last season, but Ol' Boch's devotion to an obviously aging Randy Winn kept him out of the lineup. We all know he's a fine outfielder and has a major-league cannon. We also know he likes to swing the bat, even if the pitch is going to hit him. He's exactly the sort of guy the Giants should be helping along. We know what Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff can do: all of that is in the record books. We don't yet know what Schierholtz' ceiling is, and we need to figure out what this guy can contribute, even if he is a flawed or incomplete ballplayer. His minor league line is .308/.355/.516 over 7 seasons and 2600 PAs. That's a long stretch in the farm system, and it gets one thinking that he's the epitome of an "AAAA-player." CHONE projects a respectable 107 wRC+ (.286/.325/.457) for about 400 PAs. That makes him at least a useful role player, especially when compared to a guy like Aaron Rowand (2009 line .261/.319/.419, 2010 projection 96 wRC+). Another fellow who should be pushing the old guys off the field and on to the bench is John "Dirtbag" Bowker. His minor league line (.301/.369/.489) is over 6 seasons and almost 2400 PAs, and includes an impressive 1.047 OPS last year in Fresno. CHONE says he's a .276/.349/.456 guy (115 wRC+)! I like those numbers more and more everyday, and I don't give a damn who we are paying millions to. The youngsters need to be on the field. The 2010 Giants aren't going anywhere unless kids like Olympic Nate and Dirtbag Bowker force Ol' Boch to bench the greybeards.