==Here Comes Our Man Ji-Man==
And now corner infielders/DH as the “rickroll” Depth Chart series continues.
|2014 age||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||Thumbnail commentary|
|Kendrys Morales||31||SH||FA ($14.1M qual. offer)||FA||It says here the “QO” was a no-brainer. Producing a ton of XBH with a below-average K% is a key point for me, and only Morales and Seager did it. Also, you can’t replace someone with no one.|
|Justin Smoak||27||SH||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||20 HR and 64 BB — finally the Smoak we were hoping for, right? Kind of. Only 19 doubles, and what might be a fortunate HR/FB rate, are red flags. I think I’d believe that the latter wasn’t a fluke (that is, he was finally shaking off his “warning track power”) if not for the former (indicating he was not hitting the ball hard consistently; his XBH% was just league average).|
|Jesus Montero||24||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Of the three “can’t-miss” guys (Ackley, Smoak, Montero), his “long, dark night of the soul” was longest and darkest. Horrible stats, knee surgery and a PED suspension. Oh, and they gave up on him as a catcher, too. Will a new Montero emerge, forged from the crucible of misfortune, and reclaim what made him look unstoppable at 19? I don’t think anyone is counting on it.|
|D.J. Peterson||22||RH||AA/AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||He played 45 of 55 games (before breaking his jaw) at 3b, and was getting a lot of PR praise for his effort there. I think the team might be warming to the idea of Deej at third, Seager at second and Franklin/Ackley on the trading block. I warm to that idea, too (always having been a relative Franklin skeptic). Longoria/Zimmerman-level bat at 3b is not out of the question for Peterson.|
|Ji-Man Choi||23||LH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||You know we love our man Ji-Man! He has his nay-sayers, but I don’t know what they object to (other than he’ll be limited to 1b/DH). He hits the ball hard, draws a ton of walks and doesn’t strike out. Last time I checked, that kind of thing wins baseball games. I call him “Korean Olerud,” and I don’t think that’s out of line.|
|Daniel Paolini||24||RH||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Like Choi, Paolini was pushing his way up the depth chart with .300/.400/.500-type numbers. Unlike Choi, he stalled out once he reached AA. Also unlike Choi, however, he can play OF and started out at 2b. That versatility may get him a shot.|
Yes, we love these guys, but their chances of making any kind of MLB impact are very slim and getting slimmer.
|Taylor Ard||24||RH||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||The Spectometer still says he has a chance, but more likely he’ll end up with a career similar to Poythress.|
|Kristian Brito||19||RH||SS-A||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||Went from “brutal” to “mildly intriguing.” That’s progress, I guess.|