Sabermetrics don’t value stolen bases and speedy baserunners as highly as some old time baseball fans eyes. Logan Forsythe is not a speedster, but he is an exceptional baserunner with amazing instincts. He is also a very good defensive second-baseman, but until Sunday, I had no idea how good, until he made a play I am not sure I have ever seen. On a ball hit just to the 2B side SS, Forsythe tracked down the ball and with his momentum going the opposite direction, he threw out the runner. Yes, it was a slow runner, but it was amazing that he got the ball and threw it accurately.
I was aware that Logan Forsythe and the type of player he was. I referred to him as Ben Zobrist-onian, but now that almost seems to be derogatory in nature. It’s possible that Logan Forsythe is better than that. I believe that is part of the reason, that the Dodgers brought Chase Utley back – so he could also help Logan became even better.
Sometimes where players come to LA, they embrace the spotlight and become better (Manny). Other times, they will in the hot lights (Josh Reddick). I think Logan Forsythe is the kind of guy who blooms where he is planted… and he has done exactly that. It would be nice if he continued to hit over .500 and OPS over 1.115 like he is now, but that is not likely to happen. However, I do believe he will hit close to .300 with a .350+ OB% and over .800 OPS… maybe quite a bit more than that! I have been very impressed with his bat speed.
This is a guy who elevates his game and with Utley, Turner and Gonzo around him, he is going to shine like never before. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Justin Turner is an example of a player who has flourished in Hollywood in his late 20’s and early 30’s.. This is going to be be a fun season as we watch for growth from Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes, Andrew Toles and Yasiel Puig… to say nothing of our young pitchers.
This is Turner Ward’s second season as Hitting Coach. We saw how the team improved their after the All-Star Break last season and I think they will be incrementally better this season. Something tells me that Ward’s philosophy has resonated with Forsythe. Speaking of bat speed, I have also noticed Puig’s bat speed – to me it’s much quicker as is Yasmani Grandal’s. Willie Calhoun’s bat speed is as advertised!
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Our little puppy, Quinn had his 6-month check up today. He weighed in at 93 pounds.