CockyTalk

CockyTalk (http://www.cockytalk.com/index.php)
-   The Sarge (http://www.cockytalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=46)
-   -   Caldwell at Leadoff (http://www.cockytalk.com/showthread.php?t=204577)

Luke Skycocker 03-03-2014 12:14 AM

Caldwell at Leadoff
 
He's not the prototypical leadoff hitter. He swings at the first pitch almost every time, he has the lowest on base percentage of anyone with significant playing time, and he's not a speed demon. I have to wonder if he can stay at the top of the order for much longer or if Mooney or English or even Shrock will move into the leadoff spot.

usc1 03-03-2014 12:24 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
I think it's kind of a temporary thing til Holbrook can find someone capable of taking over the leadoff spot. He doesn't wanna put Shrock there because he's better to have in the middle of the lineup. Mooney has been hitting about .260 up to this point and English doesn't get on base nearly enough. I think he'll plug Mooney at the leadoff spot eventually.

SClawman 03-03-2014 12:40 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
Think Celek will get the weekend DH spot after that big hit and Caldwell will sit after struggling this weekend. Caldwell may get PT at left field but Arendas played well at third base. Pankake will play left field if DC stays at third. I could see Mooney leading off-especially if he can put the ball in play like he did in the ninth inning tonight. As previously stated, it's early in the season and Holbrook is still trying to find his weekend lineup.

Ballpoint Man 03-03-2014 01:59 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
Not sure I agree with this. He may not be the most ideal lead-off hitter, but he's been more consistent than anyone else we have a mind to place there. He rarely strikes out (by my count, only 2 - although I dont know how many strikeouts he had in the last game against clemson). He doesnt walk a TON, but he's got 3 or 4 walks. So he's walking more than striking out (early in the season, I know I know). His batting aveage is respectable, and he's middle-of-the-line in speed(Not English fast, but has a few steps on Celek).


Let's look at the other options:

Shrock has great plate discipline, but his battle average was below .250 before this weekend.

Mooney came up HUGE this series, and has great lead-off speed - but has actually looked probably the worst of any player at the plate, yet. His batting average was around .230ish, IIRC (before the series).

English - Never had a great Strikeout-to-walk ratio. Breathtaking speed, but sometimes questionable base-running skills. Also, for whatever reason, has never been able to produce when placed at or near the front of the lineup, as opposed to at the back end

The rest of the guys are pretty obvious scratches, either because they're not all that fast, or because we've got them in great spots and they're producing (like Connor Bright, who's just killing it for us in the middle of the lineup).



I do agree that Caldwell has a penchant for swinging at the first pitch (So does English). Hopefully some coaching will get him to take a few pitches, so we can work their pitcher and give the rest of the guys a chance to see what he's dealing... but I believe that Caldwell is a very suitable lead-off hitter, and will probably hold onto that role until Mooney starts providing a more reliable option.

b381l 03-03-2014 02:16 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
He's hitting 7 for 27 (BA.259, OB% .344)......we're doing pretty well with him hitting leadoff, at least for now. I'm not sure we have that typical leadoff hitter. It seems others do much better hitting somewhere else.

Hoodrow Wilson 03-03-2014 02:31 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
I think it's a really puzzling decision. At least it hasn't bit us yet!

Regalcock 03-03-2014 03:07 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
Good question. Schrocks walk numbers and his ability to swipe second indicate that he is our best fit but I like him in the two hole. He has good power and I would like someone on base when he is at the plate. I think he and griener are getting the best at bats on the team right now.

I wish tanner could walk more. He would be the obvious choice.

Bright is good where he is. Very happy with him.

I guess Caldwell needs to stay. We are undefeated after all.

b381l 03-03-2014 03:17 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Regalcock (Post 4102980)
Good question. Schrocks walk numbers and his ability to swipe second indicate that he is our best fit but I like him in the two hole. He has good power and I would like someone on base when he is at the plate. I think he and griener are getting the best at bats on the team right now.

I wish tanner could walk more. He would be the obvious choice.

Bright is good where he is. Very happy with him.

I guess Caldwell needs to stay. We are undefeated after all.

yep....hard to argue with success....

SClawman 03-03-2014 10:30 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Regalcock (Post 4102980)
I guess Caldwell needs to stay. We are undefeated after all.


Valid point. If it ain't broke, maybe we should't fix it. Just think we may see more Celek at DH. Doesn't necessarily mean Caldwell will sit though if he plays left field.

yazoo 03-03-2014 11:22 AM

Re: Caldwell at Leadoff
 
DC seems like a candidate for lead-off hitter. He battles and does not strike out much.

Mooney maybe doesn't hit quite enough. Looks like he has a home at the 8 spot.

English is fine at 9, giving you the possibility of speed guys at the top and bottom of the order.

Caldwell, while not prototypical, looks to have good speed and base-running savvy. His average is good and he does not strike out. Hard to argue with the big brains we have as coaching.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.