Miranda just keeps mashing

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How about a chat this afternoon, let’s call it 3pm? Help pass that always slow Friday afternoon. He’s the past chat transcripts.

AzFL Peoria (9-8 win over Mesa)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Juan Miranda: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – leads the league in batting avg by .144 pts, OBP by .019, SLG by .373 & OPS by .452
Kevin Russo: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – he’s played 3 positions (3B, LF and now SS) in the 6 games he’s played

HWB Waikiki (7-4 loss to North Shore)
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 PB – allowed 5 passed balls in just 7 starts

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  • Mike Pop

    Is he jacking up his trade value here ?

    • radnom

      Its been what, a week and a half?

      Besides, Mike likened the competition here to being in between AA/AAA, noting that it was very hitter friendly. He was hitting well in AAA last year too.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    allowed 5 passed balls in just 7 starts

    Move him to Third Base, it’ll speed up his development time.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No way dude. DH, cut the defensive part of the equation right out. He’ll get to the bigs that much faster.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I think that he is too small to handle catching.

        • whozat

          I thought guys were too BIG to handle catching. Like Montero is purported to be.

          He’s a whole inch shorter than Posada, listed at 10 pounds lighter. He’s 19; he’ll fill out a bit.

          • radnom

            You have to be exactly the right size, within 1 inch and 10 pounds.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Dr. Whozat, you probably couldn’t tell but my tongue was in my cheek when I typed it.

      • Reggie C.

        NOOOO Mike!! That’s what i said about Montero. Make him a DH/p-t 1B and he’ll be in the bigs tomorrow. Yay!!

        • Yankee1010

          I’ve heard that Montero is too big to be a DH. He’ll never be able to play the good defense there.

  • Eirias

    The perennial question: what is the ceiling on Miranda?

    • whozat

      He’s horrendous at hitting lefties, and not very good with the glove. Platoon 1B/DH, I’d say.

      • whozat

        We were looking for this this year too, and didn’t find it…is there a defensively good, lefty-mashing corner IFer out there? Maybe a 1B/LFer? Or, a team out there that wants to add a lefty power bat at 1B/DH that would make a good trade partner? Maybe carry Miranda for the first month or two, deploy him intelligently, and flip him mid-season?

        • steve (different one)

          well, this guy was available, who has hit like this against lefties over his career:

          2002: .320/.469/.640
          2003: .316/.429/.592
          2004: .282/.351/.408
          2005: .299/.411/.575
          2006: .245/.463/.553
          2007: .257/.345/.486

          unfortunately, his name was Morgan Ensberg….

          • whozat

            He was a good choice to take a chance on. I kinda wish that Girardi had given him more of a shot earlier and then cut bait earlier.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              They really couldn’t get rid of him sooner, they needed him once A-Rod got hurt.

              • whozat

                Fair point.

                Here’s a general question…

                ARod admitted that he pushed to come back too early from his quad injury the first time, because he felt like the team needed him. Jeter spent months without being able to drive the ball for XBH because of his hand. Posada kept limping along, despite being useless with the bat and behind the plate.

                At what point does it cease to be “gutty” and demonstrative of “heart” that guys play hurt? I remember Jeter being lauded for coming back right after he got hit on the hand the first time, but it is probably the case that the team would have been better off taking a couple weeks without him and then adding him back full-strength. The standard line is that guys should to “play hurt,” but they shouldn’t try to “play injured.” Whose job is it to make that call? Who draws the line between hurt and injured?

          • Emac2

            The unfortunate part was thinking that averages of .245 and 257 in 06 and 07 would somehow turn into something acceptable coming over the the AL

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        His ceiling? Hall of famer. His actuals? Probably not as much.

  • Ivan

    Well that is why there is minor leagues in baseballs.

    Yeah the pass balls are not good but he will get better at that stuff.

    But look at the positives, he’s like the second youngest guy there and he’s a catcher who went 1-3 with a BB last game.

    • CLT_JR

      Part of that is that these are all new pitchers he’s working with. Who knows if all 5 of those pass balls were cross ups. We need to be weary of box scores. I am not totally old school, but I’d prefer a better combination of scouts input plus statistics.

  • steve (different one)

    Mike, what’s the story with Kevin Russo?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Utility guy, gets on base at a decent rate, so-so power.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Is he the son of Renee?

  • JohnnyC

    No, Chris.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Mad Dog Jr. Can that be his new nickname? PLEASE???

      • DaveM

        Give ’em a loss Dog