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 Post subject: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:03 am 
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In only 30 PAs, he has drawn a staggering 8 walks. This in addition to hitting over .400. His OBP is .526. Small sample, I know, but the guy is having a great spring, and he is usually playing early in games against MLB players. I like him, and I'm not sure why the front office doesn't.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:51 am 
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doug frobel wrote:
In only 30 PAs, he has drawn a staggering 8 walks. This in addition to hitting over .400. His OBP is .526. Small sample, I know, but the guy is having a great spring, and he is usually playing early in games against MLB players. I like him, and I'm not sure why the front office doesn't.


Tim Williams had a piece up today about the bad bench decisions of the last 5 years. Out go Bautista, Moss, Cruz, Ciriaco et al and in come washed up vets. NH certainly doesn't trust young players on the bench, the opposite of how St. Louis turns C prospects into useful MLB players.

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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:01 pm 
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There's a serious issue with talent evaluation here, even with bench players. I think the philosophy needs to change. They continue to snub marginal young talent when they could be made into decent bench or role players.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:04 pm 
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I am with Senor Frobel on this one..... 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:26 pm 
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You got to give a young guy a chance, as in some playing time. Most of these types will not pan out but a few will.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:23 pm 
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doug frobel wrote:
There's a serious issue with talent evaluation here, even with bench players. I think the philosophy needs to change.

It does. It won't, however, as long as this current group is in charge.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:10 pm 
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Ralphie wrote:
You got to give a young guy a chance, as in some playing time.

Yes, of course, as soon as the young players have proven themselves. Right now, however, guys like Mercer have not proven they can produce in the major leagues, so they don't get playing time.

As soon as Mercer proves he can hit major league pitching and play acceptable defense in the majors, he will get playing time.

Maybe this visual will help:

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