How amazing would Izturis’s defense have to be to make up for his hitting this season? Like, let’s say he was so good that he could play both shortstop and third base and the Orioles could stick four guys in the outfield. Would that make him an average player overall?
In other weak hitting news, CJ and I went to the Mallards today to see the home team beaten 2-1 by the Waterloo Bucks. Bad: intermittent rain. Good: surprisingly tasty grilled cheese sandwich from Maynard’s Slide-In Grill.
Orioles 35th round draft pick Jeremy Lucas went 0 for 3 and is now batting .182 on the year. Watching amateur baseball makes you feel like hitting is a lot harder than defense, actually. The Bucks, after 12 games, have yet to hit a home run. The Mallards now have 4. These guys can make a diving catch, they can stop a line drive, they can turn the double play. But they can’t seem to make solid contact with a pitched ball, except by chance. If you want a vision of the Northwoods League, imagine a foul ball smacking into the backstop — forever.
CJ pitched against the radar gun in the kids’ zone and was clocked at 10mph. I ballooned with pride. Double digits, kid.