Andrew Toles was optioned to the minor leagues today, while Joc Pederson made the big club. For the record, I am an Andrew Toles fan – I predicted he would be a good player long before he was called up in the first place, but now some fans think he was mistreated when they sent him back to the minors. Was he? You decide:
Andrew Toles his .283 this spring, but his OB% was only .286 because he has just 1 BB in 53 spring at-bats. That is troubling and unsustainable. He also needs to work on his outfield routes. I will say this: Andrew Toles has a higher upside than Joc Pederson… way higher, but he needs to improve on pitch recognition and defense. The only way to do that is to play everyday. He can only play “everyday” at OKC.
Andrew beat Joc in spring stats, but this is not about the Spring Battle – it is about the War to win the World Series. It’s based upon a lot of things, not just a spring training batting average!
Chris Taylor hit .354 with a .483 OB% last Spring and did not make the team. Cody Bellinger hit .393 with a .541 OB% in 2016 and did not make the team in 2016. In 2013, Yasiel Puig hit .517 with a .500 OB% (no walks) and he did not make the team, so Andrew Toles .283 is chicken feed, and it’s chicken _________ if you think this was somehow bad for Toles.
Look, I think Joc needs a fresh start, but he’s not going to get it in OKC. Hopefully, he will do well and improve his trade value so that the Dodgers can move him… or not. Joc has remarkable power and that is something everyone, including the Dodgers, covet.
There is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of things to be decided, but I guarantee that Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Dave Roberts have had in depth conversations with Toles. He has not been wronged and I doubt that he thinks so. His time will come… and soon!
The bottom line is that Joc will likely do one of three things:
- He will do poorly;
- He will do very well; or
- He will get traded.
His trade value will only be enhanced if he does well on the Dodgers. This is a low risk, high reward situation. There is no right or wrong, just what it really is – reality!
Toles will be back… or he could be part of a blockbuster trade (I hope not).
Matt Kemp for MVP!
This roster will change a lot. Don’t Panic!