Monday, March 14, 2011

Everywhere Man- Wilson Valdez

Are you a fan of Wilson Valdez? I hope so, because with ancient artifacts at 3rd, 2nd, and SS he'll be seeing plenty of playing time this season.

Wilson Valdez is a double play machinist. The man is slick in the field with a sniper rifle arm, but also is a slap happy hitter who puts the ball on the ground too much with men on first base. For a utility infielder he's better than recent eyesores like Eric Bruntlett and No-Hit Nunez (not to mention cheaper). Valdez, who turns 33 in May, has decent speed, but his on base skills leave much to be desired, and his "power" is essentially powerless. Nevertheless, Manuel has been trotting Valdez out to CF this spring too, so he can add another position to his utility belt. Also, with the nonhealing of Utley's injury and DL stint forthcoming, Valdez is likely the Opening Day 2nd baseman.

*Brad Lidge has right bicep soreness and has been shutdown for a few days.

*Delwyn Young and John Mayberry Jr. are making strong cases with their bats to make the 25-man roster. The injuries to Utley and Brown also help facilitate this decision.

*Greg Dobbs is batting .563 (9-16) with the Florida Marlins this spring.

*The Bucknell Bison got a 14th seed against 3 seed UConn in the opening round of the NCAA tournament starting Thursday.


furiousBall said...

GO Bison!

GM-Carson said...

Mayberry 2-2 today with another stolen base (4th of spring).

I'm hoping this success transfers to the regular season and we have ourselfs a potential replacement for Ibanez next year. In all likelihood we're looking at a 4th outfielder at best though.

ripjgarcia said...

In yesterday's comment section from Dr. Steve:

"Jimmy Rollins should, uh, leave the team. I am done with that guy. I would rather use Valdez, I trust his defense more......"

WTF are you smoking when you make that comment about defense? Jimmy may be trending with problems at the plate, but his defense has never been anything else but solid if not spectacular at times.

GM-Carson said...

J-Roll is still a good shortstop. He's not elite anymore, but he's still good.

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