I was surfing the net yesterday and I have to say that I was amazed by the people who were criticizing Russ Martin. “Trade Him” “Bench Him” and all the rest of the things that people
who have no clue write. Here’s why I like this site: say something stupid, we will call you out. Say something without artuculatiung why, we will call you out. Bench or trade Russ Martin? Are you crazy? Some say Martin can’t throw – Well he can. Watch and see. He hasn’t caught every runner and at Memories of Kevin Malone, Kensai, who is a smart guy (except when he disagrees with me), had this to say about Russ Martin:
The problem I notice most frequently is his (Orlando Hudson’s) inability to tag stealing baserunners. He always shies away from throwing his wrist into the runner to apply the tag, and it costs both Martin and Brad Ausmus outs.
Martin was named the #2 defensive Catcher in the NL (behind Yadier Molina of the Cards) by Baseball America and he is having a bad year – his first! Have you ever looked at what other catchers are doing? Joe Mauer doesn’t count – he’s a freak! The Cubs Catcher Geovany Soto who hit .285 last year and was heralded as the next great offensive catcher is hitting .217. Catcher are up and down, and the fact of the matter is that no catcher has caught as many innings as Russ Martin over the past four seasons. Bring us AJ Ellis or Lucas May? Are you crazy? You have no idea what they can do… Geezzzz! Are you crazy? AJ Ellis and Lucas May may or may not have a future as a starting catcher, but they are totally unproven. My sense is that AJ Ellis is a backup, at best! He’s not a Top Prospect.
Yes, Russ Martin is under-performing, but who are you going to replaced him with who is better? If you say May, Ellis or Santana, then you Are Crazy! Get real. This is Russ Martin’s team. Get used to it and watch and learn! Some players, frequently catchers, have off years for whatever reason. Russ lost a lot of weight before the season and says he just didn’t feel right. He has since gained back a substantial amount, but he is having an off year, no question. You don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. His defense has been stellar and his CS % has improved, but our pitchers are not great at hold runners on and the O-Dog is not great at applying that tag, both of which cost Martin (and Ausmus) a few points on their CS %. Yeah, I wish Russ was hitting .290 with 15 HR and 80 RBI, and I think he will again. Anyway, among NL catchers, even in a really bad year, Russ Martin is 2nd to Yadier Molina in OB% with .360 (Molina is .364). Let’s see what happens next year.
RANTS & RAVES
- Last night’s game was what it was. I only wonder why Joe decided to sink or swin with Jimmy Mac?
- Clayton pitched well last night, but it wasn’t enough.
- Again, we out hit the winning team – we just didn’t hit when it counted.
- Andre Ethier is again red-hot, but we need James Loney to find his stroke.
- The Arizona Fall League Roster have been announced. The Dodgers are sending 8 players: Javy Guerra, Eric Krebs (the pitcher we got for Delwyn Young), Travis Schlichtling, Lucas May, Russell Mitchel, Justin Sellers, Andrew Lambo and Trayvon Robinson.
- Ivan DeJesus, Jr. is back playing in Arizona after recovering from his broken leg.
- Randy Wolf’s hat is wool. Does that make him a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
2 game lead – it is what it is. Just don’t panic. The Rockier have peaked too early! Wait and see!
Minor League Recap – 8/25/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque lost 4-1
Chin Lung Hu – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.287 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 1 for 3, BB (.244 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 0 for 4 (.285 BA)
Josh Lindblom – 2 IP, 3 Hits, ER, 2 BB, 0 K’s (2.91 ERA)
Chattanooga won 7-6
Trayvon Robinson – 0 for 3, R, BB, K (.185 BA)
Lucas May – 1 for 1, 2B (.296 BA)
Andrew Lambo – 0 for 1 (.257 BA)
Victor Garate – 1 IP, 2 Hits, ER, 0 BB, 0 K’s (2.08 ERA)
Inland Empire won 6-3
Scott Van Slyke – 2 for 5, 2B (.290 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 1 for 5, R, 2 K’s (.236 BA)
Great Lakes won 12-5
Jaime Pedroza – 1 for 4, HR (13), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (.258 BA)
Kyle Russell – 1 for 4, HR (26), 4 RBI, 2 K’s, OF Assist (.273 BA)
Jerry Sands – 0 for 3, BB, E (.232 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 2 for 4, 2 R, K (.276 BA)
Roberto Feliciano – 1 IP, Hit, R (0 ER), BB, 0 K’s (0.00 ERA)
Ogden lost 8-5
BCG – 2 for 4, BB, K, SB, CS (.337 BA)
Mario Songco – 1 for 5, RBI, R, K (.359 BA)
Nick Akins – 0 for 3, BB, 2 K’s (.236 BA)
AZL won 7-3
Ivan DeJesus Jr – 0 for 3, 3 K’s (.000 BA)
Michael Pericht – 1 for 5, HR (4), RBI, R, K, E (.216 BA)
Jonathan Garcia – 0 for 3, BB, K (.306 BA)
Player of the day – Kyle Russell, OF
Russell hit his league-leading 26th home run, 6 more than the next closest MWL hitter. His .552 SLG also leads the league and his .918 OPS is second. However, the category that worries me is strikeouts, where his 164 whiffs also pace the circuit. I have trouble believing that a 23 year old who strikes out this much in Low A will have success moving up the ladder, but I’d love for Kyle to prove me wrong.