Brendan fryed…thick as a brick.
Ryan is hitting just .149 with a .267 on-base-percentage. Wedge said there’s a minimal batting average Ryan has to be at if he wants to remain a regular, but for him, that point hasn’t arrived yet. Arrived to the degree where Wedge is looking at the numbers. For him, it’s more about the types of at-bats right now, which will help dictate whether Ryan can ever get to the numbers a major league shortstop realistically needs to be at no matter how good he is defensively.
Wedge wouldn’t give a magic number, though he conceeded it did have to be above the Mendoza Line of .200 when I asked him that specific question. But he did have this to say.
“He should be better that that,’’ Wedge said. “Unless he’s just totally swiming in his own brain up there and making it more difficult for himself. And that’s exactly what he’s doing right now.’‘
In the at-bat last night, Wedge said that Ryan “has got to be able to defend himself at home plate” and did not see him do that.
“He’s trying to spread out, trying to see the ball and he’s just not seeing the ball,’’ Wedge said. “He’s pulling off and not putting himself in a good position to cover the plate. He knows all this.
“He’s not 25 years old, he’s 30 years old,’’ Wedge added. “It’s time for him to figure out what he needs to do to be successful. I can’t be any more honest than that.’‘
Posted: May 13, 2012 at 07:43 AM | 37 comment(s)
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