ramble2 wrote:Anyone have any word on Joey Thurston? He was supposed to be LA's 2B last season, but couldn't hack it. Will LA give him another shot?
Don't get too excited about him - he can't take a walk - but if he leads off for the Dogers he'll get some SBs and score some runs. Don't overpay for him, but remember his name.
Probably, but i think he's useless unless its a nl only. His sb % has been terrible throughout his career. Hes a weak slap hitter, who doesn't walk much. He had a inflated 02 season, (Las Vegas AAA) will do that.
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swingaway wrote:how about bo hart of stl possibly takign over at 2nd full time i know this guy haves potential or about that jiemenez guy or chase utley of phily
I don't think that the Cards are enamored with that idea.
Even if he does start, he shouldn't be on your fantasy team unless it is a very deep NL league.
Very very deep.....sure he had a great couple of weeks, but he came back to earth FAST!
If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry, Mom,' but nobody beats me.
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CINCINNATI -- D'Angelo Jimenez's performance in the Dominican Winter League probably looks familiar to Reds fans.
Jimenez, who excelled offensively for the Reds in the season's second half, ranked second in the Dominican with a .385 batting average through 14 games for the Licey Tigers.
Jimenez, who had one home run and seven RBIs, also was tied for second in the league with 20 hits. Displaying his usual patience at the plate, he had drawn 13 walks while striking out four times in 52 at-bats.
This is the kind of consistency Jimenez often displayed after Cincinnati acquired him from the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Scott Dunn on July 6. He hit safely in his first 15 games as a Red, establishing a personal best. Jimenez, who alternately occupied the leadoff and No. 3 spots in the batting order, avoided extended slumps until he hit .143 (4-for-28) in his last eight games. This dropped his Reds average from .305 to .290.
Though Jimenez played second base, it has been speculated that he might move to third base, where the Reds lack proven performers. He entered the offseason with the goal of improving his agility, which would help him at either infield position.
Looks like his value is going up more now since he might play 3rd this year.
lol the only guy hart haves to compete with at the moment is brent butler lol.
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG Avg
77 296 46 82 13 5 4 28 117 12 64 3 .317 .395 .277
vs butlers stats
he played for the rockies those years by the way
53 119 17 29 7 1 1 14 41 7 7 1 .287 .345 .244
113 344 55 89 18 4 9 42 142 10 40 2 .287 .413 .259
37 90 13 19 3 1 1 4 27 7 13 1 .276 .300 .211
Butler, meanwhile, began his career in the St. Louis system before being traded to Colorado in 1999 in the trade that brought Darryl Kile to the Cardinals. He played in parts of three seasons with Colorado. Butler, 25, is primarily a second baseman, but he can also handle shortstop and third base. He could fill the role vacated when Miguel Cairo was not offered arbitration, but he also could challenge for the starting second base job.
"It's just competition," Jocketty said. "It's wide open. When you get an opportunity to bring a guy you've always liked back into the organization, you do it. Right now, I think it's wide open."
The Cardinals inquired about Butler during the summer, when both starting second baseman Fernando Vina and Cairo went down to injury. However, Bo Hart stepped forward as an effective option, enjoying a solid season in his big league debut.
It seems they like hart over butler. If they dont sign noone else it seems like butler and hart compete for 2nd.
And also this topic is about sleepers and not bonfide 2nd baseman and aslo hart haves about the same stats as jimenez in about as half the amount of games played and everyone seems high on him including me but be on the look out for hart should he win the 2nd base spot.