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it’s Wally Backman, not Collins, who has a head start with the 20-somethings who’ll be at Citi for the rest of the decade.
Like it or not, Familia is the third best guy out of the pen, after Parnell and Lyon.
Latroy Hawkins has been pretty good, believe it or not.
With the exception of two partial seasons, Latroy Hawkins has ranged from pretty good to excellent for the past dozen years.
I will sign on that Hawkins is better than we think. But Hawkins: career ERA 4.44, ZIPS projection 4.50, FIP last three seasons of 4.19, 3.42, 3.47. Velocity down to 91.3 from 92.3 last year and 94.2 in 2009. He's probably a best case scenario 3.9 here on out. I think Familia could beat that. Plus, the stuff! My goodness.
Not bashing him or promoting Collins - but what really seperates backman from a dozen other former players with a decent amount of minor league managing experience?
I'm also really interested in the lack of strikeouts.
Francisco Pena, (remember him?), is hitting a very respectable .311/.360/.422 in AA. He's still only 23 years old even though it feels like he has been around forever. He has only struck out one time in 51 plate appearances so far this year. I remember him being touted as a pretty good defensive catcher. I was about to give up on him but he's back on my radar. He's been splitting time with Blake Forsythe, another catcher that has been hitting well in AA, .347/.411/.653. It'll be interesting to see if these guys can keep it up.
Backman has never said anything that evinces an understanding of the game beyond their being some meaning to platoon batting averages
All I said that he's someone to keep on the radar screen again
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