Re: Hill's Crystal Ball: Middlebrooks to need more time in AAA in 2013
posted at 12/7/2012 5:52 PM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to BosoxJoe5's comment:
Softy is a fool but Hill you need to admit you have been wrong about WMB. However you won't.
What exactly was I wrong about?
In the days leading up to the Kevin Youkilis trade, I wrote that I was not convinced that Will Middlebrooks would outperform Youkilis the remainder of the season. Here are their numbers after the trade:
KY 80 G, 344 PA, .236/.346/.425/.771
WM 35 G. 134 PA, .240/.276/.416/.692
I compared the minor league stats of Middlebrooks and Mark Reynolds. Here are their respective first-year MLB stats as 23-year-old thirdbasemen called up in May:
WM 75 G, 286 PA, .288/.325/.509/.835
MR 111 G, 414 PA, .279/.349/.495/.843
In light of their 2012 stats, my earlier comparison of the minor league stats of Middlebrooks and Seattle thirdbaseman Alex Liddi was misplaced.
Again, I hope Will Middlebrooks dispels my doubts about his MLB future.
tom-uk, I've resisted the temptation in recent weeks to write about the Red Sox lack of depth at thirdbase. I don't see an immediate contributor if Middlebrooks falters.
At any rate, I've bookmarked this thread for future reference.
sucks WMB got hurt or your numbers would actually be telling.