Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Matherly87, Jun 4, 2019.
I could defiantly see Brock making it into the outfield rotation
As you well know, healthy competition is the best thing our team can form themselves on to become the frontline team that is Gators Baseball.....
Yes I don't recall much healthy competition in the field positions last year. Other than JH settling at 2nd, catcher was the only position that we kept wondering about but rarely saw any changes. Hopefully a few extra players will feel a little more push this year and give Sully more options. I think we know LF and CF are settled but all other positions need to be considered.
Healthy competition is the life line of EVERY great club—For one, I welcome it!!!
I liked the discussion about possible batting orders for next season. With sabermetrics you would think that it is a science, but there is also a lot of psychology that goes into it. To players being moved up it is often seen as a reward and to be moved down as a punishment.
When possible I like to have a lead-off man that has a high on-base percentage and is a legit threat to steal. If he gets on they have to be serious about holding him close and the right side opens up. Hence in the 2 hole I would like a left-handed batter that makes "singles hitter" contact (line drives and well struck ground balls and not lazy fly balls) and rarely strikes out. And he has to be at least moderately fast to put pressure on the infield if they come up with the ball. I think then you are likely to either get a hit or move the runner along in that situation. If you don't have such a lefty, then a righty that can go with a pitch and drive it through the opposite side can also work. Knowing how to bunt well can be a huge benefit in the late innings of a close game setting the plate for the next couple of hitters.
3-4-5 is called the "meat" of the order for good reason. Everybody knows how to draw up this part of the line-up if you have the horses.
Wait, what? Coach used to tell me he needed me at 8th/9th to set the table for the top of the order.
Perfect comments Lurker. That's exactly what I'm hoping for this lineup as is most teams. I hope JH rises to the opportunity this fall and shows he can be that lead off batter that way either Langworthy or Acton can be the #2 hitter.
If I didn’t know better I would surely think that you had built a lineup somewhere back down the road before—
But y’all know I can’t let this one go—
I bet the “meat” of the order at SWAC is not just based on who hits
3-4-5(for good reason).......
But the 6 through 9 spots is where the manager makes his money.
Do you hide your defensive gem up the middle that can't hit in the 9 spot? Usually that is a catcher, but sometimes it is a SS or CF. Maybe put them in the 7 or 8 hole so that innings that start at the bottom of the line-up don't start with 1 out.
Who is in the 6 hole? I am guessing your best available singles hitter to protect your stud in the 5 hole, but then 7 through 9 might be a hitting desert so every second or third inning is a bust.
I have just watched a lot of baseball.
Luis Aparacio (HOF) leading off with Nellie Fox (also HOF) was my template. The old White Sox did this when the game was like it is now: home runs. They played the game a different way.
The defensive SS that was there for his glove/arm/range that comes to mind for me at the MLB level was Mark Belanger/Orioles—career .228 BA.
If Ozzie Smith hit below the Mendoza line you would have to have him in your line-up.
Going for a deep cut here: Ron Hansen.
He did record an unassisted triple play.
Here's a question for anyone pondering Gator baseball....
Since the summer leagues have finished where does Jacob Young end up playing this year in the field, RF or stay at 2nd? I have him still at RF with my line up but with Edge showing some potential does that push JY back to 2nd and Edge takes RF? October 11 is not far away and all will be revealed but I'm wondering is Edge really that good? Then again if JY does move to RF then who would you have playing 2nd?
The funny thing about this discussion is that in the outfield you usually put your best arm in right field while in the infield you usually put your worst arm at second.
Is it possible to have the worst infield arm and the best outfield arm? Lol
Now that is funny. We of the visitor bleacher section would have to wonder with you.
With the ground he can cover—I would be thrilled to see JY in RF.....
I definitely agree but that means we need another infielder, not that JY was an infielder to start with. Who would be your 2nd baseman?
As for outfield Brock Edge is also the defensive star who threw out a Gator baserunner at home plate (wowing several posters here who were present) in the UF/Sante Fe Scrimmage game.
I would like to think that the SS/2nd positions were two of Sully’s top priorities in his recruitment efforts for this year—who it ends up being, I don’t know—I just know JY was asked to play out of position last season and did an admirable job but I believe he should not be asked to do the same thing again this season—We all are aware of his throwing motion from 2nd base and it is not beneficial on either end of the double play or throwing to first base out of the hole—