Originally posted by Jigga:
Ok, so I did a little "scouting" at yesterday's game. A fun one over the Reds. It was only one game so there isn't too much to say.
Weeks and Crisp DNP
Bartolo - Very Solid outing. His fastball is no where near it used to be. But he's still a bit imposing. A lot of ground ball outs thru his 4 innings of work.
Yoenis - A walk, a base hit up the middle, and a dinger. Great day at the plate for Cespedes. His HR was a no-doubter. I stood up as soon as he connected...the left fielder barely moved. Gone!
Manny - Looks overweight, but not necessarily "fat". Worked the count on each AB. Gets up the line fairly well for an outta shape dude.
Reddick - A nice contact hitter. I'm uncertain about the amount of power this kid has. Then again,Phoenix Municipal is about 340 down the lines (410 to Center), so there won't be too many HR's in Spring Training.
Pennington - I foresee a good year from this guy. Looks a bit bigger/stronger...more confident at the plate. He might just breakout...he'll definitely be given the opportunity.
Donaldson - Should definitely be platooning. Not an everyday type of guy at all.
B Allen - Had a 7 RBI a few days ago . The job is his, especially taking into consideration his competition (Barton) is hurt again.
Seth Smith - Is not Josh Willingham (LOL) Might bring a steady stick...but nothing more than that.
I agree with almost everything you said, I watched the same game at home on CSN California.
Manny looked washed up but remember he hasnt played in a year. Also I've read that he's taken Cespedes under his wing and theyre usually around each other a lot which I think is pretty cool. There was an article I read where they were chilling in center field together and Manny was going over batting stances. I thought that was really cool, thats one thing I love about Manny is he'll help out the younger guys and will be a great mentor to Cespedes.
Outside of actually playing I think he's going to be a great complement to our club especially to Cespedes. But remember it'll take some time to get some of the rust off. I think he'll bat around .260 ish with double digit homeruns but wont be anything special. Kinda like Matsui was last year.