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Brett Jackson should start the season in the Majors
Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:03 PM
Looking at it's face, it's pretty terrible. Batting average well under the Mendoza line. An OPS of .645. An anemic SLG.
However, I'm trying to see the positives. An OBP of .303 isn't good, but it's not terrible. If he qualified for the batting title, he'd be 19th. That's only out of 22, but being in the bottom third of full-time centerfielders would still have value. His SLG is bad, but the IsoP is .167, perfectly serviceable.
His only real problem is pitch recognition and contact. I can understand from a confidence standpoint why you'd want to put him in AAA... but he doesn't need to learn those skills against AAA pitchers, but MLB ones.
We can afford his struggles at the major league level, and he's blocked by no one. I think he's strong enough to take his lumps, and he wasn't entirely without merit anyway, in spite of his absolutely terrible line.
Just a thought...
Feel free to tell me why I'm crazy.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:17 PM
I think the front office has already stated they intend on starting him at AAA to start the year, so it's a moot point. Other than that, I dunno about all the stats you quoted, but I disagree with one for sure - a .303 OBP is terrible. Add an incredibly high strike out rate to that and you've got a lineup killer.
On the other hand, I think I understand where you're coming from - if we're just going to be bad anyway, why not let him learn at the ML level. I'm still hopeful the Cubs will make a few moves this offseason and be competitive. Time will tell, my friend!
Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:54 PM
This is my reasoning exactly. He's not being blocked my anyone resembling a starting centerfielder. I'm not saying you shouldn't play Campy and Sappelt, but Jackson is the prospect and he should be cutting his teeth against meaningful pitching. AAA just isn't a place where you should be working on pitch recognition. If it's a mechanical thing, then we're in real trouble anyway.
If the season began today, who is the Cubs center fielder? Tony Campana? Dave Sappelt?
Given the options currently on the roster, I'd platoon Jackson and Sappelt.
Also, as a Cubs fan, I've got throw-up in mouth a lot.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:18 AM
Now think about this... Given only 142 PA, he was 12th out of 19 in weighted percent of offensive productivity for the Cubs last year. He makes the perfect bench player if he does not improve. Great defense, with pop in the bat. He may strike out a ton, but that's gonna happen in PH situations unless you're Reed Johnson. But he needs to start in AAA to work on his swing. He now knows that what he's been doing isn't going to cut it at the big league level.
Sappelt rose to the occasion, only given 78 PA, he was 2nd out of 19 in weighted percent of offensive productivity. I think he'll see plenty of playing time against lefties.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:13 AM
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