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  1. I would take back everything bad I’ve said about Bill Smith if he were to bring in Hardy (without getting taken behind the woodshed yet again).

    Comment by Not David — August 12, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  2. Not sure you can call this the “Alcides Escobar era” just yet. As you folks here are likely aware, Ken Macha plays ‘matchups’–sometimes to a fault. See: Gamel, Mat. Also, per his comments today, he will begin by playing Escobar vs. LHP. Presumably to allow Craig Counsell to play against RHP.

    Comment by Marlow — August 12, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  3. I am very intrigued with Escobar. He has similiar (if not better) minor league numbers to Jose Reyes. I see a cross between Miguel Tejada (steroid free version – sorry b12 shot free) and Jose Reyes, but a better defender.

    With increased patience combined with his supposed extremely advanced glove he could be a 4.0-5.0 WAR player in a few years.

    Comment by Matt B, — August 12, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  4. Escobar has problems with RHP, so a platoon would be a good way to ease him in. He has ~900 OPS against Lefties this year, so should do really well in limited playing time.

    I noticed that Hardy’s platoon splits look really ridiculous this year. He’s OPS’ing about 550 against lefties, which is about 400 points lower than his career. It sounds like to me something is really messed up with his swing/approach against LHP this year. Given that he had success in his past though, I think he has a good chance to turn it around in AAA. I don’t think it would hurt his trade value too much either, since there are always teams looking for good defensive shortstops.

    Comment by DavidA — August 12, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  5. Please tell me that he’ll be the starting full time SS next year. He shoots up to top five fantasy value at the position in my mind if he is.

    Comment by Josh — August 12, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  6. On the flip side, he might not be able to hit his way out of a wet paper bag. I am predicting imminent failure for him.

    Comment by Slick — August 12, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

  7. Thank you Nostradamus, do you have this week’s Powerball numbers too?

    Comment by Slick — August 12, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

  8. True. He might not be a great hitter, but I don’t see why he can’t atleast match Elvis Andrus’ current MLB numbers. He has shown a better bat in his minor league career and is supposed to be one of the most gifted fielders to come around in quite some time.

    His platoon splits vs L are fairly solid (like Hanley when he first came up) but he cannot hit righties as well currently.

    Comment by Matt B, — August 12, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

  9. He’s leaking like crazy. I had a chance to see him up very close along the first base side a few weeks back at PETCO, and his approach looks very poor. All his weight has been committed to his front foot way too early, which might account for some of the lost BABIP – he’s hitting the ball with less authority when he does make contact.

    He also “looks” like it’s affecting him mentally, with apologies for how vague that sounds. He looks like he’s guessing up there, and like he isn’t confident.

    I am interested to read Dave’s take on whether this may become an attempt to perserve Hardy’s service time, a la delaying Ryan Braun’s launch in 2007.

    Comment by Jacob Jackson — August 12, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

  10. Escobar a top five fantasy shortstop? He of the MLE .646 OPS at AAA this season?

    Comment by TomG — August 12, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

  11. I’d say he is firmly the Dexter Fowler of SS…

    Comment by Matt B, — August 12, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  12. No shit.

    Comment by Mike I — August 12, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  13. I think this is partly upgrading but also largely arbitration fueled decision. What has more trade value, two years of JJ Hardy or just one? The answer should be simple and that’s why i expect Hardy to be at AAA for 20+ days (puts off FA another year)

    Comment by nick — August 13, 2009 @ 3:05 am

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