Saturday, May 8, 2010

Belated Players of the Month

We wanted to get this post out over a week ago and even avoided news of who was actually selected as MLB Players of the Month for April.

Based on our recollections and brief look at last month's stats, here are some under appreciated awards from the BAseball Reality Tour.

American League Player of the Month of April
Robinson Cano, 2b, Yankees
Slash numbers of .400/.436/.765 would look even better if he had the patience to take a few more walks. It’s not really his fault. He’s got a sweet swing, and he likes to use it. As they say in San Pedro de Macoris, “You don’t walk off the island.” (Of course, they say it in Spanish.) The meaning is that you have to hit your way off the island. Pro scouts want to see you square the ball. Moreso, they want to see a prospect have strong hands, a quick bat, good bat control, plate coverage, fluid mechanics, and a propensity to have the head of the bat in the strike zone for a long time, while maintaining bat speed. That’s just in the batter’s box. Of course, there are other tools that are important, like speed, fielding, and throwing, but hitting is what transcends position players above the amateur ranks.

Cano’s swing is majestic. As a very young player, old-timers made comparisons to Rod Carew. He may not wind up with the career success that makes Carew an All Time Great, but he does have a quick, balanced lefty swing. And, he plays half of his games in a paradise for left-handed hitters.

National League Player of the Month of April
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Rockies

Our favorite Rockies’ starter is putting up Stephen Strasburg double-A numbers in the National League. I think he had another great start against Dick Enberg’s Padres on May 3rd, but his April numbers are near perfect. As Dick Enberg pointed out in the broadcast, Yorvit Torrealba is the only guy who seems to drive in runs against the Big U.

Oh man, I was about to take off with tangential comments about "biggest surprises" and the players of the week, for the 1st week of May. To compensate for the tardiness of this post, we wanted to showcase a few extra players. Unfortunately, I am falling asleep at my keyboard, so it'll have to wait 'till ASAP.

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