I know that a lot of Dodger fans were just plain outraged when Ned Colletti traded Trayvon Robinson for two pitchers nobody had ever heard of and Tim Federowicz who we had barely heard of, and while I have been open in calling for a new Dodgers’ GM, there may be another reason that that Ned traded T-Rob (Robinson has 16 K’s in his first 40 Major League At Bat’s – Ouch).
That reason could very well be Alfredo Silverio who is leading the pitcher-friendly Southern League in extra base hits. I thought that it might be interesting to compare Trayvon Robinson’s 210 season at Chattanooga with Alfredo Silverio’s 2011 season at the same facility:
In every category, except stolen bases and bases on balls, Alfredio Silverio is dramatically better than Robinson, and if you think he’s older, you would be right – Alfredo is 3 months older than Trayvon! Big Deal! It is not lost on me that Robinson walks a lot more than Fredo which evidently subscribes to the theory that you can’t walk off the island (the DR). I also know that T-Rob is plus defender and Fredo is merely average. I know that T-Rob can play CF and Silverio can’t. However, in looking at his power numbers, including slugging % and OPS, I would have to conclude that I would pick the Silver Bullet for my team. I know that T-Rob hit 26 HR at AAA, but if you look at Fredo’s numbers you might conclude he could hit 40 in the same locale. I really never thought the Dodgers gave up much when they traded T-Rob (maybe they didn’t get much either), but maybe Alfredo Silverio is the reason.
- Scott Van Slyke is having his breakout year at AA Chattanooga, but I have always felt that he was not a favorite of Dodger insiders. This year he has to be back on the Dodgers radar. All you need to know is that he is OPS’ing 1.000 in a pitchers’ league. He has to be in the mix at 1B next year and I would expect a September callup for both Silverio and Van Slyke.
- Rob Barajas had a good night last night and raised his average to .227 while Russ Martin also had a good night for the Yankees and raised his batting aveage to .232. Hey, didn’t you used to be Russell Martin? Both catchers really suck!
- Carlos Santana is faring better than both (but not by a lot). He has 18 HR and 60 RBI and is hitting .239. He has caught 80 games and played 42 games at 1B. The Indians are finding out that he’s not a great catcher.
- I love Justin Sellers - I have totally changed my opinion on him! He’s a guy you’d go to war with (hold on – I’m not anointing him a starter).
- I won’t burden you with all the details, but the ruling against McCourt old law firm could end up being big. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reported it. I could see a settlement of a couple hundred million coming (Jamie just might settle for that).
- Tell me that Clayton Kershaw is not the front-runner for the Cy Young Award!