Because of the truth I’m not going to be buying to Greg Rooster within the operate-by technique of of the 40-person roster, I figured we have to talk about him, getting he’s commencing to look like he may make the workforce.
When the Blue Jays signed him in mid-March, I didn’t give it an amazing deal imagined. Groups signal fellas like Chook to minimal league contracts every particular person spring, and often, they don’t make the group. They’re depth. They play Triple-A ready for an harm to open up a spot. Or for one more crew to have a gap, they usually select out. Or they go to Japan.
However the Jays haven’t discovered the nonetheless left-handed bat they’ve been wanting for, and Hen has been excellent this spring, hitting .333/.478/.722 with 2 home runs in 23 PA. In genuine phrases, no matter you do in 23 at-bats actually ought to indicate virtually nothing.
Greg arrived up by the Yankees’ program. He seemed fairly wonderful, it’s doable not a number one 100 prospect, though Keith Regulation skilled him #80 on his report again once more in 2015, however a superb prospect. Regulation stated:
Fowl’s swing may be very fast to the ball, and he accelerates his fingers promptly for robust pay money for to all fields, rarely putting the ball on the bottom because of the truth he squares it up so routinely. He’s a substantial-IQ hitter with wonderful plate self-discipline and realizing of the best way to get the job completed a pitcher, offering clarification to contemplate he’ll proceed to article vital OBPs even however he’ll virtually actually hit solely .250-260 with a complete lot of strikeouts.
And he had a extremely excellent rookie season that 12 months, hitting .261/.343/.529 with 11 dwelling runs in 46 recreation titles.
However, previous to the 2016 yr, he skilled a torn labrum and skipped the interval. In 2017 there ended up additional accidents, however he strike a dwelling function in recreation 3 of the ALDS (the one run in a 1- recreation). 2018, 2019, 2020, extra accidents.
Earlier calendar yr he hit .267/.362/.532 with 27 family runs in 112 on-line video games at Triple-A Albuquerque, the place Bugs Bunny saved incomes improper turns).
I’d not seize him up in OOTP Baseball together with his private harm previous. However in actual day by day life? Simply because a male has had harm points doesn’t typically counsel he’ll proceed to have them.
In any case, he’s 29 now, nonetheless in his main. So it’s kind of actually laborious not to discuss him in the best way scouts spoke within the very first 10 minutes of Moneyball, however he’s large (6’4”, an amazing goal at initially base), he’s excellent-wanting, I’d think about his girlfriend is extremely wonderful wanting.
The Jays will possible be coping with as a number of RHP as groups can set as much as set on the mound, so a sturdy lefty bat is likely to be an amazing factor. I do dislike the imagined that he would simply take at-bats absent from Alejandro Kirk, however the Jays actually don’t appear to be to remedy about my dislikes.
PECOTA figures him to interact in 80 on-line video games and strike .213/.302/.379 with 8 dwelling runs. As considerably as I’d dislike to argue with PECOTA’s logic, if he hits simply .213 there isn’t a manner he’ll get into 80 on-line video games.
Anyway, allow us to query the problem: