When the San Diego Padres received Yonder Alonso as a part of the package for Mat Latos, they opened up questions about their commitment to Anthony Rizzo. Padres GM Josh Byrnes has said that he feels comfortable sending Rizzo back to AAA for another year, but it has also been reported that teams have already started callingthe Padres about Rizzo’s availability.
The Indians are still in need of a first baseman and would be smart to look into Rizzo. He had a terrible major league debut in 2011, but his numbers at AAA were quite impressive.
2011 Majors: 49 G, .141/.281/.242 slash line, .523 OPS (51 OPS+), .248 wOBA, 1 HR, 9 RBI, -0.4 WAR
2011 Minors: 93 G, .331/.404/.652 slash line, 1.056 OPS, .433 wOBA, 26 HR, 101 RBI
So which Rizzo is the real one? The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle, but considering Rizzo was only 22 last year, it’s amazing that he’s already made his major league debut. He may still need some seasoning in the minors, but hitting home runs at a 40 per season pace in AAA is hardly a fluke. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, December 20, 2011