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 Post subject: Robins Roundup 2031/8
PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:33 am 
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Rectenberg Gets The Call

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The Brooklyn Robins offense has been a major cause for concern throughout the 2031 season. The team boasts a wide variety of punch and judy hitters but lacks in the power department. All season long they have looked for a bat to protect Enrique Salazar (.258/.298/.488, 16 HR, 42 RBI) in the lineup. Francisco Flores (.287/.409/.569, 10 HR, 30 RBI) and Francisco Chacon (.290/.351/.489, 13 HR, 41 RBI) have done an admirable job, both are playing either at or beyond their potential this season. So you can't expect much more. The Robins had hoped Patrick Lue (.237/.300/.392, 5 HR, 16 RBI) and Eddie Macy (.258/.324/.477, 9 HR, 31 RBI) would give them a couple of respectable sluggers. Lue has been a total bust while Macy is just now starting to heat up. Also rookies Sean Smith (.261/.360/.423, 6 HR, 28 RBI) and Carlos Camacho (.223/.286/.347, 5 HR, 15 RBI) were expected to develop more power while batting in a homer friendly park. Neither has shown much development.

Henry Rectenberg was selected in the first round of last years draft. He is just 18 years old and is arriving much sooner then Brooklyn had anticipated. His skillset is polished and there is a need at the BBA level for his presence. He won't be a savior, but is definitely a key ingredient. Rectenberg has hit 22 HR in exactly 300 minor league at bats split between AA and AAA this season. On top of his power, Henry has a fairly well rounded game. He should one day be a .300/.400/.500 middle of the order presence who can steal 30 bases as well.

Some baseball experts are calling into question the logic of starting the service time clocks of players such as Rectenberg(18), Camacho(20), Gustafsen(20), Clement(20), and Ramirez(21). They may have had a better chance at creating a Landis winner if they had held them all down in the minors, suffered through a few more bad seasons, stockpiled more prospects, stripped BBA team for more prospects, then called everyone up at the same time 3 years from now. The problem with that theory is that Brooklyn is a big city. Fans don't want to wait through 4-5 terrible seasons. They want to win sooner rather then later.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:49 am 
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Rectenberg seems ready enough. He'll probably do okay platooning, anyway.

It seems to me (meaning it's opinion time) the problem with starting the clock on Camacho was that he just wasn't ready either offensively or defensively. Ramirez, too. That "3" Control physically cannot play in the BBA. More time in the minors gives him time to pop that up. Even a "5" makes him a solid guy. The others are arguably ready to play, so starting the clock is defensible. :)


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 7:38 am 
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You're off on your numbering. This should be 2031/8.

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