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Postby LBJackal » Tue Mar 29, 2005 5:54 pm

Well I'm impressed Cornbread. I thought you'd be over-estimating him more than this. Then again maybe you're toning down your expectations so when I call you out on it in July you have something to fall back on :-D

Obviously he's not a good hitter yet judging by his aweful OBA and BB/K last season, but maybe he will be a good hitter in the future. I wouldn't bet on it, but who knows.
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:00 pm

By the way - a couple more Tiger notes:

- Dean Palmer will not make the team. He was told yesterday that the Tigers just didnt have a roster spot for him. He will stay with the team until the end of camp, but after that his comeback is over.

- Jeremy Bonderman was named the opening day starter after blowing the doors off opponents this spring. I was skeptical about Bondo simply because he was basically on everyone's sleeper list, but with the impressive spring he had he could actually be underrated.

- Another formality - Monroe will be the everyday CF as the season begins.
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Postby KolbSaves » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:22 pm

Just a matter of time before Higgy and Palmer go to Tampa where they'll be joined by former Tiger Damon Easley (as he returns to Tampa) to form Tigers South.
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Postby brandnew » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:23 pm

CBM, what kind of numbers do you project for Bondo this year?

You sold me on the Infante wagon, stashed him on my bench just in case. This will jump his Runs up quite a bit, as well as SB. Melikey.
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Postby Rance Mulliniks » Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:13 pm

Infante's got the speed, but definitely not the patience to bat leadoff. Last year in over 270 ABs out of the leadoff spot, he hit .236 and had an OBP of .271.

Hopefully this year he does get better and more patient!

That said, if this is the year, he would be a handy pick-up -- eligible at 2B, 3B, SS (and in some leagues, OF)
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Postby cmchampa2 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:12 am

Infante seems to be developing into a solid player, so if he struggles I'm sure Tram will take the heat off him and move him down the lineup.
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:23 am

If he struggles? You mean, like he did all of last season, and all of this spring? So far in ST has the worst OBA on the team except for two guys I've never heard of that got a few AB's. Now is the time to move him to 9th in the order, not after his horrible April.

Not that the welfare of Detroit's offense is a big concern of mine, but hey I have to live with the Jays offense. So I tend to look around at other teams' situations to keep my mind off of having Eric Hinske and Reed Johnson playing positions that are usually manned by players with at least some competency on offense :-D
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Postby brandnew » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:48 am

He's been hurt this ST. He was a rookie last year...

Check out Michael Young's Rookie stats: .249/.298/.402

Most hitters struggle their rookie year.
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:30 am

brandnew wrote:He's been hurt this ST. He was a rookie last year...

Check out Michael Young's Rookie stats: .249/.298/.402

Most hitters struggle their rookie year.


He wasn't a rookie, it was his 3rd season in the majors, and he lost his rookie eligibility in 2003. But anyway, check out Damion Easley's rookie stats, they're probably similar. All rookies are usually bad. Infante's never actually been good, he's just had youth going for him. Just because Michael Young used to suck doesn't mean all 2B's that put up bad numbers will one day be good hitters.

If Infante had been a prospect, or had been good in the minors, or had done anything whatsoever I could see him being touted as a breakout candidate. The only reason he even played at advanced levels at such a young age was because his father was dying and he wanted to make the big leagues before he died. Not because he was highly touted. They tossed him into AAA only to see him have a .253 BA and .306 OBA in 2 seasons there.
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Postby brandnew » Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:32 am

I really don't know much about him at all, I'm just pointing out not to sell him short. CBM can do the defending for him from this point on. :-D
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