Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gwynn Jr., Not a Prospect

I saw an interesting little tidbit buried in Ken Rosenthal's latest column (which primarily dealt with the 130 pitches thrown by Sabathia on Monday - really? still talking about that?)

Tony Gwynn Jr. has only 10 extra-base hits in 328 at-bats at Class AAA.*

(*Actually, I just looked up the stats and it's 11 extra-base hits in 343 at-bats at Nashville. But that doesn't change the premise - the dude is slugging .316 in almost 350 at-bats in AAA.)

Wow. I think we know why he hasn't been called up when guys like Laynce Nix have been. Gwynn is not that great of a baserunner, defender, or on-base percentage guy to make up for that stunning lack of pop in his bat. Counsell slugs better than that.

So people need to stop calling for Gwynn Jr. to be the starting centerfielder next year. It's not going to happen. Gwynn hasn't shown that he's anything close to being a starting-caliber player in the major leagues. Cameron is going to be the guy next year.

10 comments:

Goldy said...

Matt - You obviously missed my analysis last week when I stated the following:

Tony Gwynn Jr. - In 75 games at Nashville this season TGJ is batting .273 with a Weeks-esq .331 OBP. He has 16 SBs, amazingly 1 homer and 21 RBIs. 71 of tony's 81 hits have been singles. erg.

Goldy said...

Matt - You obviously missed my analysis last week when I stated the following:

Tony Gwynn Jr. - In 75 games at Nashville this season TGJ is batting .273 with a Weeks-esq .331 OBP. He has 16 SBs, amazingly 1 homer and 21 RBIs. 71 of tony's 81 hits have been singles. erg.

AP said...

And yet, still I like him better than Nix.

But yeah, you're right. Cameron's here next year.

Wrigleyville said...

matt - if you missed goldy's analysis last week ... he stated it twice above.

Matt said...

Hmmm - perhaps that is where Rosenthal got the idea.

Sorry I missed that, Goldy.

Sorry I missed that, Goldy.

Goldy said...

I was so distraught that you don't read and commit to memory every piece of drivel I post on this thing, I decided to post twice!

Been Cobra'd said...

Hart to Center, Gamel to Right?

thecobra said...

I think we pick up Dunn so we are solely reliant on the HR ball.

Anonymous said...

I think Aaron Rodgers should start in center next year

D'Amico's one good year said...

Cameron will more than likely be in center again next year... And I don't think Harts defense is CF-worthy.