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 Post subject: Robins Roundup 2032/4
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:48 pm 
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Holden Blackwell (.360/.424/.455, 2 HR, 19 RBI)
Sabertooth was once one of the most prolific singles hitters in the BBA. In fact, in 2030, he set the all time BBA record for hits and singles in a ....single season. After signing a huge extension, Holden regressed the following 2 seasons culminating in a ruptured finger that cost him most of the second half of 2031. Going into this season, Brooklyn wasn't quite sure if Holden would ever be the same. The Robins promised Blackwell that he would return to first base so he could concentrate on hitting. That turned out to be short lived. Early season injury to starting 3B Carlos Ruiz) and early season struggles of second baseman Carlos Camacho (.254/.324/.389, 3 HR, 15 RBI) forced Holden back to the hot corner. Through all of this adversity, Blackwell appears to have rediscovered his mojo. Batting .360/.424/.455 with a Johnson leading 44 stolen bases.

Sean Smith (.234/.304/.414, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
Last season Brooklyn traded away highly regarded catching prospect Bob Wagner (.283/.351/.414, 1 HR, 11 RBI) with the piece of mind that the more defensive oriented Sean Smith (.234/.304/.414, 2 HR, 15 RBI) could hold down the backstop. While his defense and handling of pitchers has been up to par, the Robins expected a little more with the bat. His line of .255/.345/.402 from last year would have been respectable enough. Brooklyn was expecting a little more but are getting a little bit less. It's far too early to close the book on Smith. Hopefully he can get back to being a little bit better. If not, we may be seeing Carlos Flores or Ernesto Ruiz (.259/.259/.296, 0 HR, 1 RBI) get a look before the season is out.

Enrique Salazar (.344/.415/.644, 15 HR, 45 RBI)
Last season, the Robins had intended on trading Domingo Castillo (2 - 0, 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 16 K) at the deadline. A season ended injury ruined that. This season, Brooklyn intended on trading Enrique Salazar (.344/.415/.644, 15 HR, 45 RBI). A career defining season may ruin that. Back when GM Alan Ehlers took over the team in 2026, he traded away a young DH in the prime of his career named Brian Whitten (.272/.314/.449, 4 HR, 14 RBI). It's an organization philosophy that it's not good business to spend a lot of money at the DH position. Salazar, already making $7.3 million, is pushing the limit of how much the small market Robins are willing to spend. But how can you trade a guy who is hitting .344/.415/.644 when your trying to surprise the league with a playoff birth? On the other hand, the Robins just acquired Antonio Valentin and Salazars trade value may be at an all time high.

Francisco Chacon (.242/.298/.500, 9 HR, 25 RBI)
The Robins still love Chacon and hope that he doesn't opt out after the season. Maybe his early season struggles will help that. He also, hasn't really played that poorly. His numbers this season are in line with his career average and his power numbers have increased. But on a team that is hitting .304 as a team, his .242 average sticks out like a sore thumb. The Brooklyn roster is getting more and more crowded. Baring a trade, Chacon could move to a bench/defensive replacement role.

Alan Ehlers
GM of the Brooklyn Robins

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