Nothing is as good for observations as seeing games in person. This week we got the next best thing from the Lakewood team, a video broadcast of their series against the Lexington Legends. It is impossible to glean everything from a single series and a single video feed, but you notice plenty of things that don’t appear in a box score. I didn’t have time to watch all 7 hours of video, but I did watch all of the offensive trips to the plate and all of Drew Anderson‘s time on the mound.
J.P. Crawford – He is everything he is talked up to be. The patience is there at the plate. He and Tocci are attempting a decent amount of bunts in sac bunt situations, however the goal seems to be get hits, not sacrifice, and in game 2 of the series Crawford placed a bunt perfectly between the first and second baseman. The power is not there yet, I won’t be able to say how much it will be there later, but the contact is there if the strength can get there. Continue reading Lakewood Observations
After delays due to a concussion (they really aren’t a joke), John Sickels has released his list of the Top 150 prospects in baseball. Sickels ranks Maikel Franco #35 (B+), J.P. Crawford #60 (B+), and Jesse Biddle #78 (B+). You can read Sickels’ entire list here http://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/5/1/5640414/top-150-prospects-for-2014-baseball-john-sickels.
Maikel Franco went 3-5 with a double and a home run, his second on the season. It’s a little early to assume he’s turned a corner from the trash fire that was his first three weeks of the season, but he’s got three doubles and two home runs compared to only two Ks in his last five games, and is OPSing over .800 in his last ten. Encouraging, if nothing else.
Luis Garcia closed things out for Lehigh Valley, allowing a hit and recording three ground ball outs. I could bang the drum again on pushing him to the bigs, but you can just go back and read it again – everything’s the same except all the stats are bigger except for the goose-egg in front of the “R” would now be only a goose-egg in front of an “ER”. I realize Garcia’s not the Savior of the big league bullpen – we all know that’s Ken Giles, (praise be His Name) – but he’s probably got a better shot at not making me yell at my TV and wake up the dogs than Jeff Manship or Shawn Camp.
And a couple notes on Lakewood. Glad to see Drew Anderson shake off the rust – he allowed 1R, 4H, 1BB, with an encouraging 7Ks in 5.2IP in his second start of the year. Deivi Grullon and Jan Hernandez both hit their first full-season home runs, and J.P. Crawford continues to get on base – his OBP sits at .402 after getting on four times in yesterday’s twin bill. He’s got 10BB and just five Ks in his last 10 games. I remain, as always, down with JPC. But I feel like you already knew that, because you’re aware of my ways.
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