Mid-Season Good and Bad: Position Players

Last year over at Aisle 424, I decided that grading players on a scale of objectivity was ultimately dumb and subjective. But since it’s like a blog law that you have to do something like that at the All-Star break, I developed my Yin and Yang system wherein I say one good thing and one bad thing about every player.  Since I’m lacking in creativity these days, I’m going to do it again this year.


Jeff Baker

Good: He’s been pretty much killing lefties at a .380/.397/.535/.932 clip in 73 plate appearances.

Bad: He’s been given almost as many PAs against righties (65) where he hits .222/.246/.302/.548, which is worse than Tony Campana.

Darwin Barney

Good: He’s surprised most of us by batting .362 with runners in scoring position and sparing us from a DeWitt/Baker platoon that isn’t interesting to anybody.

Bad: He is not good at taking walks.  He has a 3.2% BB% which is worse than anyone on the team who qualifies for the batting title.  Castro is next at 4.0%.

Marlon Byrd

Good: His broken face didn’t cost him the season.

Bad: He is steadfastly refusing to take walks this year (I already sense a theme with this team). His career high K/BB was 3.16 last year.  This year it is 4.78.  Yuck.

Tony Campana 

Good: He’s really, really fast.

Bad: Everything else about him.

Welington Castillo

Good: It amuses us to call him Beef Castle.

Bad: The only good thing that I could come up with was about his nickname.

Starlin Castro

Good: He’s a pretty darn good hitter and it is fun watching him make plays on balls in the hole that Theriot would have just flopped after in an effort to get his uniform dirty.

Bad: He’s still very raw and neither his defense or patience seems to be improving with age.

Tyler Colvin

Good: He has not been stabbed in the chest with a baseball bat this year.

Bad: He doesn’t have a convenient excuse of being stabbed in the chest to fall back on to explain his fall back to irrelevance.

Blake DeWitt

Good: He seems willing to play all over the field to give Quade multiple options

Bad: All of the options involve him bringing a .655 OPS to the plate with him.

Kosuke Fukudome

Good: He is sporting a .379 on-base percentage, which is best on the team.

Bad: His slugging percentage is .372, which is lowest on the team among qualified batters.

Koyie Hill

Good: I don’t know…. he hasn’t killed anyone. Is that good enough?

Bad: That I even have to include him in this run-down at all.

Reed Johnson

Good: Everything he’s touched so far this year.

Bad: He’s not Brett Jackson.

D. J. LeMahieu

Good: He went to LSU, played in the middle infield, and achieved normal human height.

Bad: The height hasn’t seemed to help his baseball skills much.

Lou Montanez

Good: The Cubs got to call up one of their first round draft picks.

Bad: He was drafted when Bill Clinton was President.

Carlos Pena

Good: He has really been hitting a ton of homeruns lately.

Bad: Carlos Zambrano has a higher OPS this year. (Zambrano .822, Pena .801)

Aramis Ramirez

Good: He’s not dead yet.

Bad: He will be in a moment.

Brad Snyder

Good: He has a career 1.000 fielding percentage.

Bad:  We may never have need to refer to him as Brad Fucking Snyder ever again because he got released.

Alfonso Soriano

Good: He hit 10 homeruns in April and posted a .619 slugging percentage.

Bad: Since then he’s slugging .402.

Geovany Soto

Good: He plays enough to keep Koyie Hill sightings to a minimum.

Bad: There is not as much difference between him and Hill as we would like.


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