Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Around the Diamond- Shortstop
His bat has been very good. That's more likely a sign that he will be a candidate for Mr. March instead of a good season though. After winning the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year, the 30-year old Crosby hasn't come close to a productive season since. He has only hit above .240 once since then and after his 22 homer rookie season, he has yet to return to double digits. Much of that has been due to injury, but maybe he's healthy and can be productive for the Bucs.
Crosby is the type of low risk- high reward signing that Neil Huntington has made during his first three years on the job. There's nothing wrong with that approach. If he pans out then great, if not then no big loss to the organization.
I'd still like to see what Cedeno can do playing everyday, but having Crosby around could turn into a good thing. Argenis Diaz has been sent to AAA, but there is a small chance he could get a look this season. His glove is very smooth, but his bat is severly lacking (sounds like a shortstop that was around for the last decade).
Position Grade Compared to the rest of the League- D- -Very unproven and looks to be light hitting. One of these guys needs to step up and put a stranglehold on the job and hopefully have a good season. Not much offensive help in the minors either, but what I want most from whoever gets the job is to simply catch the ball.
If you are keeping track. Here are the grades so far. Not too promising on paper.
First base- D-
Second Base- C+
Third Base- C+