Luke Hughes and Defense
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:47 PM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:21 PM
I think at this point, on a defensive level Hughes, Plouffe, and Burroughs have all been pretty even. Burroughs hasn't been on the field more than the one game, so it's hard to get a gauge on him, but Plouffe has the same number of errors Hughes does.
Look at the Offensive numbers though, and Hughes is hitting much better than Plouffe, and Burroughs has a big fat .000.
Barring another waiver claim or injury, I'm betting our next position player roster change will be Burroughs DFA'ed for a 3rd catcher. If Burroughs can't hit off the bench, we need to make it easier for Doumit to be used as a bench bat, and Gardy isn't likely to do that without a third catcher available.
I think Sean Burroughs should remain on the team to serve as a reminder to Danny Velencia that he needs to avoid entitlement and complacency. I thinks Burroughs should room with Velencia on the road, they should take grounders together and be in the same BP rotation. I think Velencia should have a Burroughs shaped shadow on sunny days. If Velencia needs to go to the bathroom. When he opens up the stall door... Burroughs should be in there. If Velencia moves to the next stall over, Burroughs should be in that one as well.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:00 PM
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Luke Hughes = .627 in 327 plate appearances (and he was actually worse against lefties)
Alexi Casilla = .691 in 365 plate appearance (much better as a lefty against righties)
Maybe if Hughes could hit lefties appropriately like a major leaguer should, the duo could be an interesting platoon option.
I think both of them will be gone in before next season starts. Hopefully in a trade for some kind of hard-throwers in A ball or something.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:43 PM
Now, let's remember that Luke Hughes is essentially filling a role that has previously been held by Matt Tolbert, Nick Punto, Brendan Harris, and Alexi Casilla during his rough streaks. Our "utility infielder" spot has traditionally been a guy who can't hit his way out of a wet paper bag.
He fits right in.