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.