Most people think he will eventually become a Luis Castillo clone (when Castillo was good). I sorta of envision him down in the lineup (8 or 9) until he proves himself then a move to 1st or 2nd in the lineup could be in order if he can prove he can get on base.
He's looked much more poised and confident this time up as opposed to his shaky previous stints. He has very good speed and could become pretty productive as a slap hitter as time goes on. He'll probably hit 9th with Gomez and Harris at the top, but he should stick around for awhile with Tolbert on the DL.
Unless we are talking an AL-only league, I would not bother with him. He is hitting dead last. Sure he might steal some bases and have an okay BA, but this will be at the expense of a complete void in the other 3 cats (if we are talking roto). It is tough to see how in aggregate he provides good value compared to some of the other marginal 2B options. Having a guy who does little in R and RBI can absolutely kill you more than the SBs help.
Anyone thinking about changing their tune about this guy? He is hitting second but Im not sure for how long and has showed a lot of patience at the plate. Could a decent average witha high amount of runs and stolen bases be in order for him from here on out?
He seems capable of slapping .290-.300, and has obviously done some work on his walk rate. Whether he can maintain this through 2008 is yet to be seen. But if he stays hot, he'll probably stay right where he is.
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He`s hit in every game since that last post and is on a tear. He somehow has 3 HRs in 79 ABs! (I know, dont think of them.) Has he locked up his spot as a starter? I`d just like to see them let him run a bit more.
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News: Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla was scratched from the lineup against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday because of a sore lower back. Recently called up because of injuries in the infield, Casilla has a 10-game hitting streak and is 16-for-40 in that stretch. With Casilla out, shortstop Brendan Harris was scheduled to bat second, with Matt Macri playing second.