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Francisco Mejia

He's back!  And he brought the big stick with him 🙂

To IL with oblique injury ... https://www.mlb.com/news/francisco-mejia-placed-on-injured-list

3 days late but keep the minor league stuff coming as I'm sure most people don't really care.

Padres are in San Francisco and are just playing out the season but still are the Major League Team. Everybody is either too busy or have no comment on the vast majority of topics posted here including a full first page of "A" ball players

The mlb Padres have 32 players who have been brought up either this year or last year. They are basically a 4A team at the moment. Their kids need a couple years of major league experience before the team can be competitive. We are still losing but we have tons of hope for the future! I still think we need another corner outfielder with a big bat(BA over .270 and some power) and a centerfielder with a descent bat. Everything else is set and looks great!

Quote from Brian Connelly on May 8, 2019, 11:02 am

Disagree with Brad Johnson.

There is no player on the Padres I am more "sick of" than Austin Hedges.  I am getting tired of hearing how his superlative game calling, framing, "defense", etc more than make up for his .207 BA .258 OBP in almost 1,000 P.A. in MLB.  This on a team dead last in OBP every year last 3.   What Hedges does is hit one HR every 2 weeks, and literally nothing else at the plate.   He starts extremely slowly every single year, SOMETIMES heating up in the Summer.

I feel like the announcers, coaches, pitchers, players (i.e. long time teammates & friends), and fans "Rave" about everything he brings... but by exclusion are simply not being honest in the evaluation of his 'offense', or holding him to the same minimum standard every other position player is. I SWEAR there is a Hedges "bias".  If Hedges had caught Paddack's 1-0 shutout win a while back there would have been tons of praise & credit to Hedges "game calling & framing".... since it was Mejia, Paddack literally got 100% of the credit.

No one seems to consider the very real possibility that Austin Hedges ceiling is as the "best" #2 Catcher in MLB:  70 Defense & Framing, 65-70 Arm/Release, 55 Power (for position), 45 Run, 30 Hit/OBP.

Mejia may have defensive "limitations" partly due to lack of playing time & being moved off the position by the Indians.  I'm not saying he will be better than Hedges, but projecting:   75-80 Arm/Release, 50 Hit/OBP (maybe 60 Hit/40 OBP-too aggressive), 55 power, 45-50 Run, 45-50 Defense & Framing.

I say if Hedges isn't > .200 by end of May, playing time needs to flip flop to 60-65% Mejia.  It's getting hard to argue that his UPSIDE is not better than Hedges at this point, as a 23 y.o. Switch Hitter with great bat to ball skillset in <150 MLB PA over 3 seasons vs. 26 y.o. with a constant below average hit tool in 1,000 MLB PA over 5 seasons.

 

I agree with basically everything that you said. While I do feel that catcher defense, framing and game calling is extremely undervalued, it still doesn't make up for Hedges severe offensive limitations. Mejia is our catcher of the future. He swings at too much, but he makes good contact. No player outside of Mike Trout is offensively perfect. Mejia is a plus hitter. The Padres need as many of those as they can get.

An article in The Athletic about the Gold Gloves predicted Hedges would (or at least should) win it ... and had this note ...

As for the National League, Molina is a defensive hall of famer, but this year’s Gold Glove Award comes down to Hedges versus Realmuto. What pushes Hedges over the top is that he was the best pitch-framer in baseball by a good margin, and that superseded Realmuto’s excellence in throwing out basestealers and blocking pitches. In fact, Hedges doubled Realmuto in runs saved, 22-11. Remember, too, that the Padres had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher. Don’t be surprised if the vote goes to Realmuto because his success is easier to see, but it should go to Hedges.

... and that can't possibly be correct, right?  That the Padres "had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher"???

Quote from LynchMob on November 4, 2019, 6:44 am

An article in The Athletic about the Gold Gloves predicted Hedges would (or at least should) win it ... and had this note ...

As for the National League, Molina is a defensive hall of famer, but this year’s Gold Glove Award comes down to Hedges versus Realmuto. What pushes Hedges over the top is that he was the best pitch-framer in baseball by a good margin, and that superseded Realmuto’s excellence in throwing out basestealers and blocking pitches. In fact, Hedges doubled Realmuto in runs saved, 22-11. Remember, too, that the Padres had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher. Don’t be surprised if the vote goes to Realmuto because his success is easier to see, but it should go to Hedges.

... and that can't possibly be correct, right?  That the Padres "had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher"???

Its correct... JTR won it

Quote from LynchMob on November 4, 2019, 6:44 am

An article in The Athletic about the Gold Gloves predicted Hedges would (or at least should) win it ... and had this note ...

As for the National League, Molina is a defensive hall of famer, but this year’s Gold Glove Award comes down to Hedges versus Realmuto. What pushes Hedges over the top is that he was the best pitch-framer in baseball by a good margin, and that superseded Realmuto’s excellence in throwing out basestealers and blocking pitches.

Whats funny about the stolen bases, is JTR has a better percentage rate for throwing out runners. However, if you delve into the numbers deeper, he is not really better than Hedges.

JTR - CS% - 47% - Throwing out 43 of 92 would be runners.

Hedges - CS% - 33% - Throwing out 12 of 36 would be runners.

So even though JTR threw out a higher percentage of runners, it was because they ran 2.5 times more on JTR over Hedges. Im sure part of that is pitchers holding on runners, but part of it also has to be that more players respect the arm of Hedges and dont even try to steal on Hedges. Where as JTR appears to not have as much respect for his arm strength, hence the additional attempts.

Hedges was robbed.

Caught stealing % should be one of the lower stats in the calculation as the pitcher is much more the reason for good,or bad,

caught stealing numbers.

Hedges was hurt by three things.

His offense...playing in aq small market(West Coast) and the fact he played 300 less innings than JT.

But...his framing stats and the fact he saved "twice" as many runs as JT in 300 "less" innings should have made the difference.

I will never understand using offense as a factor.

Maybe the award should be renamed to the "best defensive position player  that can also hit and plays on a winning team" award?

And they had Renfroe as a Left Fielder?

How many games did he play in LF and RF?

 

Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.