MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have promoted first base prospect Justin Smoak from Triple-A Oklahoma City and demoted struggling first baseman Chris Davis in a corresponding move.
Smoak will take over starting first base duties for the Rangers and could hang onto the gig for a long while if he performs as expected. The 23-year-old was off to a superb start at Triple-A this year, with a .326/.500/.587 batting line and two home runs over 62 plate appearances. He has serious, serious upside.
Davis, meanwhile, had been batting just .188 with a 556 OPS in 48 at-bats. He may need to find another organization in order to continue his major league career.
Stats (AAA): .326/.500/.587 with 6 K / 16 BB in 42 ABs. And a .342 BABIP.
UPDATE: Satchel Price likes.
“I think Carlos right now is going crazy,” Guillen said. “I think, just looking at his at-bats, I think he’s guessing at the wrong pitch. He’s very out front with the breaking ball and very late with the fastball. I told (bench coach) Joey Cora during the game it seems like he’s between every pitch. One thing about it, he’s looking for one pitch in particular. … He’s swinging at a lot of bad pitches,” Guillen said. “Right now he’s swinging too much.”
“When he is swinging the bat good, he’s got to drive it to right-center. Right now he is just swinging too much, not looking for a particular pitch.”
“One thing about Carlos, he’s seen a lot of pitches in the past,” Guillen said. “Now, whatever he sees he swings at. Last night, his last at-bat, I don’t think he swung at one strike. I don’t think it’s just Carlos, anybody, use me as an example. When you swing at bad pitches, you’re going to make a lot of outs.”
Here are Quentin’s plate discipline numbers. His O(utside)-Swing% is down to a career best 22.8%. His F(irst)-Strike% is also down to 49.2% from 57.5% in 2008 and 58.2% in 2009. His contact numbers are down though.
Quentin also has a .175 BABIP. Brutal…
Being available is only half of it. Someone wanting you is the other half:
Paul Konerko: He’s finally in the last year of that five-year, $60 million contract. He’d still have nearly $5 million coming by late July. And the White Sox should have enough pitching to scramble back into contention. But if not, it’s hard to imagine Konerko would use his no-trade rights to block a deal to a team with a shot to win.
Nice recap of yesterday night’s game by Mike DePilla:
Once again: You cannot just call a team “Smallball” or “Ozzieball.” You actually have to do it. The obsession with bunting is one thing, but this team’s defense showcases startlingly bad fundamentals. Bad communication on pop ups, OK that is a once-in-a-while occurrence. But the inability to manage a standard relay throw or hit a cut-off man is nothing new and needs to change now. …
and on Q:
Last night he swung feebly at breaking pitches low and out of the zone several times, indicating to me he’s not his normal self. When Quentin came to the Sox, he was heralded as an OBP machine who could take a walk like Big Frank and play pepper with the rightfield wall for doubles. That’s the guy I want, not the guy who is going to sacrifice 50 points of batting average or OBP for some extra homeruns and strikeouts. Hitless in his last 20 at bats, he needs to get back to that approach. …
Pitch F/X for Sergio Santos yesterday:
|Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||7 / 63.64%
||0 / 0.00%
||2 / 40.00%
||1 / 20.00%
||2 / 40.00%
||1 / 20.00%
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.
Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Q: Trayce Thompson hit his second home run tonight. What’s his ceiling?
A: As big as it is risky.
Stats: .333/.417/.714/.1131 with 3 BB / 7 K in 21 ABs. .417 BABIP though. FirstInning, MILB, MinorLeagueSplits
On his makeup:
This should not be underrated. It’s impossible to find any talent evaluator who isn’t blown away by Harper’s ability on the field, but it’s equally difficult to find one who doesn’t genuinely dislike the kid. One scout called him among the worst amateur players he’s ever seen from a makeup standpoint, with top-of-the-scale arrogance, a disturbingly large sense of entitlement, and on-field behavior that includes taunting opponents. “He’s just a bad, bad guy,” said one front-office official. “He’s basically the anti-Joe Mauer.” How this plays into the negotiation or future evaluation is yet to be determined, as history has shown us that the bigger talent a player is, the more makeup issues teams will deal with. Bench players can’t afford to be problems, but plenty of teams happily put up with difficult superstars.
UPDATE: THT has roundup of the reaction.
UPDATE #2: Deadspin.