It’s official…sort of. Bourn has made the roster

Not that this is a surprise, but this is a blog, I try to keep up with current events, and this morning The Inquirer ran an article saying Bourn has basically made the squad, and could actually see some spot starts at times, as opposed to just a late inning replacement. While I would not want him taking AB’s away from Burrell in the first 8 innings of a game, having him start a game or two a week in center instead of Rowand might not be a bad idea, and Rowand at least gives you some pop off the bench as a pinch hitter. Both Jon Lieber and Freddy Garcia will start the season on the DL, which means Zach Segovia will remain with the team. Should Garcia need to miss his first start on either April 7th or 8th, then Segovia will probably be the guy. Once Garcia returns, Zach might shift to the pen until Jon Lieber returns.

All in all, it was a spring with some positives and negatives. James Happ’s numbers looked bad, but in the innings I saw him pitch, the stuff looked good. He was probably nervous more than anything, and a bit of time in AAA can’t hurt him, though I do wonder if he might not be more valuable pitching in the big league pen this year, and then going back to starting next year. Joe Bisenius got some quality work in, but he still needs to refine his control a bit more. Jason Jaramillo probably opened some eyes and showed he might be closer to the bigs than was expected when spring training started. On the flip side, Jim Ed Warden was a disappointment, and my first “bad guess” of 2007. Fabio Castro looked rough, and will probably need some time in the minors to get himself back on track. The Alfredo Simon experiment was brutal, and waiver signing Anderson Garcia didn’t look too great either. Greg Dobbs, though no longer a prospect, had a great spring, and could be a 5 year younger version of Chris Coste. That will just depend on how focused he remains and how hard he continues to work. Speaking of Coste, a rough spring for him, both hitting and healthwise. He could get the last spot on the 25 man roster, at least until Lieber comes back, or he might find himself on another team in a week. We’ll see.

7 thoughts on “It’s official…sort of. Bourn has made the roster

  1. This is good, if Manuel follows through and uses Bourn as more than a late inning defensive replacement and pinch runner. Otherwise it is dumb (retards development, makes him rusty when needed as a replacement, and loses some of his cheap pre-arb time). Time will tell. We have heard this sort of happy talk before, but Manuel tends not to use this sort of rookie who just makes the roster, whether he be a pitcher or hitter.

  2. It is dumb, however, if this becomes an excuse to take at bats from Burrell. Our problem in the OF is that we have one guy that hits like a corner OF and 2 CF types (not necessarily speed guys). It is one of the weaker OFs offensively and Bourn does not make it better. I am rooting for Werth to regain his form. I am not a fan of paying a high price for Rios.

  3. I’m rooting for Werth too, Andy, but he looks pretty undisciplined at the plate.

  4. Olgrandad, Werth might look undisciplined at the plate, but he did draw 8 walks in 56 ST plate appearances. I’ll take that walk rate from anybody not named Abreu.

    They’ve said that his timing isn’t quite all the way back yet, and he hasn’t hit for much power thus far (1 double, 2 HR) but I think he could prove to be the steal of the offseason.

  5. Yes, it may well be a matter of timing and rhythm. I hope so.
    He could indeed prove to be a steal. I remember how he hurt the
    Phils when he was playing with the Dodgers.

    And I think Dobbs/Hobbs has steal potential too…

  6. dajafi — not so. Burrell had 98 walks in about 570 plate appearances last season, and is not named Abreu.

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