25 at AAA with a .326/.386/.495 triple slash and 50xbh, to go with a more reasonable .348 babip; career .823 ops in 4 seasons
Its not like the Bucs are getting great production from 1B and 3B right now.
Comment by PiratesHurdles — August 16, 2011 @ 9:42 am
PH, I noticed Hague about two weeks before the trade deadline and was wondering what it would take to pry him loose. With no real competition I figured he’s the man next year. Love that he’s hit at every level, barely taking time to stumble upon promotion. He might not get the attention that an Alonso or Blanks or Allen gets, but I like his numbers and could see him being an average to above 1B from the get go. For league min that’s a real coup these days.
As for Canzler, he may play four positions, but he’s not good at any of them. He’d be a liability in the corner outfield, has no position at 3B, and would have to find a way to displace Casey Kotchman whom has not only hit lefties solidly, but is raking righties, and providing fantastic defense for the most part. I like Canzler’s bat, though I’ve seen him on four different occasions this year and nothing stood out as far as power or patience in the limited viewings. The Rays could use his skillset if only even as a DH, however, so I wish him the best and hope his cup of coffee doesn’t come with sour milk.
Comment by Sandy Kazmir — August 16, 2011 @ 10:07 am
I’m not arguing that Hague doesn’t deserve a chance, but “an average to above 1B from the get go” seems optimistic, unless he’s a great defender. The #15 first baseman right now (Gaby Sanchez) has a .346 wOBA.
Canzler is certainly interesting, but he has the statistical profile of a AAAA slugger: high strike outs, high walks, good but not elite home run power, with a lot of doubles to pad his ISO. (Doubles in the minors are often part of a high BABIP and frequently translate into outs in the majors. Canzler’s .394 BABIP this season doesn’t allay this concern.)
Numbers at Statcorner.com back up these worries: Canzler has a low swing percentage and low contact percentages at AAA. He has struck out looking 8.2% of the time, almost twice the MLB average. Guys like this often have a very hard time adapting to the majors.
So, while I’m intrigued by Canzler, I am uncertain that he can be a productive major league bat. The Rays are obviously a smart team, but this guys is still in the minors, which leads me to wonder whether scouts are seeing something that stats aren’t.
Comment by philosofool — August 16, 2011 @ 7:04 pm