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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Devil Rays - DFAed Taylor

Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Purchased the contract of 1B Eric Munson; designated OF Reggie Taylor for assignment.

Taylor proved oh-so-useful for the Devil Rays, going 4-for-22 in his two weeks on the team.  Munson’s not very good; the Tigers really screwed the pooch by deciding early on that he wasn’t a catcher.  He simply cannot field 3B defensively and just can’t hit near well enough to be worth a roster spot as a 1B/DH.  The only way Munson can contribute now is as a pinch-hitter on a bad team (oh wait, I guess that’s what he is now) or if a team experiments at putting him back at catcher at AAA and seeing what happens.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Eric Munson
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 246 42   66 15 0 13 38 18 54   0 .268 .323 .488
Rest ‘05   258 37   65 14 1 14 44 26 62   1 .252 .328 .477
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Dan Szymborski Posted: June 23, 2005 at 08:34 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. MikeinMI Posted: June 23, 2005 at 08:57 PM (#1426670)
Were the D-Rays smart enough to try him behind the plate in AAA?
   2. Snowboy Posted: June 23, 2005 at 09:06 PM (#1426702)
I stopped reading at "were the D-Rays smart enough..."
   3. Making Plans for Nigel Wilson Posted: June 23, 2005 at 09:28 PM (#1426749)
Were the D-Rays smart enough to try him behind the plate in AAA?

Not as far as I can tell. I haven't seen it mentioned or in any of the boxscores I checked. Don't forget MLB decided that people don't want to know things like what position a minor leaguer plays.
   4. Bull Pain Posted: June 23, 2005 at 10:12 PM (#1426837)
He played 1B almost exclusively. He was killing the ball the last 2 weeks or so, but his value is entirely based on him playing catcher or 3B. Pete LaForest is also killing the ball as the catcher, but of course, he's no Toby Hall.
   5. NTNgod Posted: June 23, 2005 at 10:24 PM (#1426868)
...the Tigers really screwed the pooch by deciding early on that he wasn't a catcher. He simply cannot field 3B defensively and just can't hit near well enough to be worth a roster spot as a 1B/DH.

Sure, we know that NOW. Coming out of USC, though, it looked like Munson had the bat to play anywhere.

Granted, things didn't turn out that way, but he was a highly-touted power hitter in college, so it was defensible to move him if:
a. the Tigers thought he wasn't very good behind the plate
b. they felt moving him would also help his hitting, due to less wear-and-tear/injury risk.
   6. Sean McNally Posted: June 23, 2005 at 10:30 PM (#1426883)
Munson is now the DRays starting DH.
   7. Jim Wisinski Posted: June 23, 2005 at 10:41 PM (#1426905)
Huff was hurt yesterday and Munson helps with that for the short term. I wouldn't be surprised if more roster shuffling came once Huff is fully healthy, maybe even the long overdue removal of Travis Lee.
   8. EvilBoWeevil Posted: June 23, 2005 at 11:04 PM (#1426952)
Hey didn't Reggie Taylor cost the Rays Josh Phelps? What a stupid orginization. Were did Phelps wind up?
   9. NTNgod Posted: June 23, 2005 at 11:05 PM (#1426958)
Were did Phelps wind up?

AAA Durham. Nobody wanted him.
   10. SABRJoe Posted: June 23, 2005 at 11:18 PM (#1426991)
Taylor got Munsoned.
   11. flournoy Posted: June 24, 2005 at 12:15 AM (#1427140)
Those projections don't look too bad, there are a lot of teams who could use a pinch hitter with that sort of production.
   12. Johnny Tuttle Posted: June 24, 2005 at 12:37 AM (#1427184)
This doesn't hurt the playing time of Gomes does it? Otherwise on this team, I don't care.
   13. EvilBoWeevil Posted: June 24, 2005 at 12:40 AM (#1427190)
AAA Durham. Nobody wanted him.

Let me get this straight. Nobody wants Josh Phelps but Tony Womack still has a job? What is wrong with this picture?

I'd stick Phelps in LF. Hell I'd sick Crosby out there. Anyone can't be worse then the woeful Womack.
   14. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 24, 2005 at 12:45 AM (#1427200)
Those projections don't look too bad, there are a lot of teams who could use a pinch hitter with that sort of production.

The Mets could use a first baseman with that sort of production.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 24, 2005 at 02:55 AM (#1427428)
Posted by EvilBoWeevil on June 23, 2005 at 07:40 PM (#1427190)
AAA Durham. Nobody wanted him.

Let me get this straight. Nobody wants Josh Phelps but Tony Womack still has a job? What is wrong with this picture?

I'd stick Phelps in LF. Hell I'd sick Crosby out there. Anyone can't be worse then the woeful Womack.


I'd also stick Stills, Nash, or Young out there rather than Womack.
   16. MM1f Posted: June 24, 2005 at 05:44 AM (#1427651)
Wow, I'm no Bobby Seay fan but you dump a 25yo lefty with a 94 or so mph fastball that you once paid a few million dollars for to get a guy you could have simply signed as a 6 year FA for free a few months earlier and now to make it look worse you DFA the guy 2 months later. Brilliant Chuckie...brilliant.....at least Cantu can smack the baseball as well as he claimed he could spank carolina college girl boo-tay.
   17. MM1f Posted: June 24, 2005 at 05:51 AM (#1427665)
at least LaMar was smart enough to ship Seay to Denver so no one would know if his fat ass was pitching well
   18. deadguy Posted: June 26, 2005 at 02:45 PM (#1431448)
The last Bulls game I went to, I told the nine year old kid next to me, "If you want to play baseball, take very careful note of what Munson is doing at the plate and never, ever do any of that." He was whaling away at everything in hopes of clobbering enough mistakes to get back to big league meal money. Looks like his cunning plan succeeded, at least for the moment.
   19. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: June 26, 2005 at 03:03 PM (#1431458)
I love the name of Munson's "Most Similar by Age" player.

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