It’s not “Does Chris Taylor deserve to start over Chase Utley?” That’s not even a question. The real question is “Does Logan Forsythe have a starting job when he comes back?” Chris Taylor is an animal. I have always said that FAZ likes to trade for guys before they become THOSE GUYS! They might have done just that with both Toles and Taylor! I really, really liked last night’s lineup, but Chris Freaking Taylor is starting to look like a guy who is to be reckoned with! It looks like he can hit righties, so Utley really has been Chased!
Yeah, it’s a small sampling, but Chris Taylor’s bat speed and stance suggests a 20 HR hitter. He’s solid with the glove, although he could use more work at 2B. I have little doubt, that with time, he can be a plus defender. If he keeps this up, maybe Logan Forsythe goes back to a utility role. Note: Still no Jose De Leon sightings. In case you are wondering, he is on the DL . Here’s the full report from Althea Pashman of Fansided:
The news broke just as the Tampa Bay Rays announced their minor league rosters was not what anyone wanted to hear which was their highly touted pitching prospect Jose De Leon would open the season on the minor league disabled list due to discomfort in the flexor mass muscle.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, De Leon had experienced forearm discomfort last week, which was resolved with rest. While that is all good news, it is still of concern as last season he spent time on the DL with Triple-A Oklahoma City due to soreness in his arm.
For those wondering what the flexor mass muscle is, well it is in your forearm by the elbow. They are the tendons that connect arm muscles to finger bones that stretch from the elbow to the fingers, which allow a pitcher to grip and throw a ball. Pitchers Andrew Miller, Stephen Strasburg, former Rays Wade Davis has sustained such an injury where they’ve miss a month or so. However, flexor mass problems can be a precursor to Tommy John surgery.
- It goes without saying that Alex Wood and Joc Pederson were also impressive but hey, it’s only the Indianapolis Indians, ‘er I mean, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Andrew Toles continues to look like a regular to me.
- 17 K’s! Koufaxian!!
- If Joc can get it going, he’s a nice #5 hitter – if he can get it going… like last night!
- Kike Hernandez has a .238 BA but he is OPS’ing .806. He has gotten some key hits and his versatility makes him a roster lock.
- The boat anchor in the lineup is currently Yasmani Grannydal. Last season, he hit .295 in April, but with no power. In May he hit .115, followed by .169 in June. Then he went off in July, hitting .324 with 8 HR. He is a streaky hitter and I thought he would have more consistency this year. It’s still early, but so far, he has disappointed with his hitting. Maybe, he started to awaken last night…. MAYBE!
- Revisiting the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick trade: I am somewhat surprised Frankie Montas is struggling (6.48 ERA). Cotton is struggling with control. Grant Holmes is at AA with a 5.16 ERA as he continues his downward spiral. Meanwhile Hill is on the DL and Josh Reddick is hitting .280 for Houston.
- Trevor Oaks went 5.2 and gave up 7 hits and 5 ER in his worst outing this year. It happens…
- Willie Calhoun led off and went 2-5 as the DH.
- Trayce Thompson is breaking out of his slump – 2-5 last night and played CF.
- Edwin Rios continues to rake at AA – .361/1.008 OPS 6 HR/27 RBI. I think he will like move to OKC soon.
- How long will McCarthy be out? It doesn’t matter… too many other pieces. At least it is his Left shoulder.