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Monday, July 30, 2007

Padres - Acquired Scott Hairston

San Diego Padres - Acquired OF Scott Hairston from the Arizona Diamondbacks for P Leo Rosales

Need-for-need.  The Padres have a solid bullpen and a weakness organizationally in the outfield while the Diamondbacks can use the extra arm and Hairston was one of the weaker outfield prospects, though I think he’ll be alright despite a disappointing season as a part-timer.

2007 In-Season ZiPS Projection - Scott Hairston
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Actual 2007*  178 21   39 13 1   3 16 19 37   2 .222 .301 .358
Rest of 2007 119 16   29   6 1   5 14 11 28   1 .244 .311 .437
2007 Total   297 37   68 19 2   8 30 30 65   3 .229 .302 .387
2008       302 35   74 15 1 10 31 32 68   1 .245 .319 .401
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - Barry Bonnell

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 30, 2007 at 01:10 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 30, 2007 at 04:39 PM (#2461525)
I am honestly pretty suprised by the way Hairston has struggled this year, after his nice '06 at AAA.
   2. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: July 30, 2007 at 06:37 PM (#2461745)
I'm not, his nice year in 06 was also his 4th year in AAA and he was 26.
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 30, 2007 at 07:02 PM (#2461782)
Yeah, but it's not like that was the only good thing on his record, either.
   4. JPWF13 Posted: July 30, 2007 at 07:22 PM (#2461800)
he also hit .311/.384/.608 in AAA at age 25
.313/.375/.565 in AAA at age 24
his career minor league numbers are .322/.401/.571

he also played better at age 24 in the MLB .248/.293/.442 than he has in 2007.

I suspect that Levski is right Hairston is the type of guy who has to play every day and he struggles as a part-timer/platooner/ pinch hitter.

We tend to think that some guys are decent subs but can't start, but some guys are the opposite

Juan Rivera is/was like that. Crap as a part-timer, a useful regular.

They need someone to stick with them, but when you are an unproven player it's the rare manager who will stick with you.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2007 at 07:42 PM (#2461823)
Can he still play 2B or will he be in the OF?
   6. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: July 30, 2007 at 08:04 PM (#2461852)
I like that Juan Rivera comp, or perhaps Emil Brown of the last couple years.
   7. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: August 03, 2007 at 12:12 AM (#2468532)
AG1F - Hairston can NOT play 2B. He's pretty much limited to LF, which severely restricts his value, IMO.
   8. shoewizard Posted: August 04, 2007 at 04:19 PM (#2470771)
He had some value for the Padres last night. :(
   9. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: August 05, 2007 at 10:28 PM (#2472444)
He had some value for the Padres last night.

LOL. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing as I watched him hit those two bombs. Another yesterday had me chuckling and just shaking my head.

I am delighted for the guy and only hope he gets a chance to play every day for the Pads. But it doesn't change the fact that I still don't think his bat will play very well in LF.

Of course, he could always bulk up a bit and develop into a real masher. I just don't think that's the way to bet. I think his value diminishes as soon as he is no longer making the MLB minimum.
   10. 1k5v3L Posted: August 05, 2007 at 10:45 PM (#2472466)
I wish Scotty the best, as always. I just wish he were hitting plenty of home runs in plenty of meaningless games and situations.
   11. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: August 06, 2007 at 03:17 AM (#2473330)
Well, Scotty's already had a better career than Ewin Diaz. . . so, he's got that goin' for him.
   12. shoewizard Posted: December 05, 2010 at 12:28 AM (#3702935)
I really wouldn't be surprised to see Towers bring back Scott Hairston, who was non tendered by the Padres. He could be a decent platoon partner with Parra, and Towers probably has fond memories of how well Hairston played for SD after the trade.

From July 28, 2007 through July 5th, 2009, Hairston as a Padres...(Before trade to Oakland)

673 PA's, 610 AB .270/.330/.520 133 OPS+ 35 HR, 80 RBI, 84 Runs, 11 SB, 2 CS, and just 6 GIDP

He played surprsingly good defense too, and BB-Ref WAR during that time was 5.1, Fangraphs WAR 5.4. So both systems in agreement that was a great great deal for SD.

But he has been a replacement level player since being traded to Oakland in mid 2009 and then going back to SD last year.

From July 6 2009 through end of last year:

584 PA's, 528 AB .222/.281/.366 76 OPS+ 17 HR, 71 RBI, 58 Runs , 9 SB, 3 Cs, 8 GIDP

Fangraphs 0.2 WAR, BB-Ref, -1.2 WAR

He's going into age 31 season.

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