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Monday, May 30, 2005

Reds - Activated Aurilia

Cincinnati Reds - Activated IF Rich Aurilia from the 15-day DL; optioned 2B William Bergolla.

Supposing he doesn’t threaten what is rightfully Felipe Lopez’ job, Rich Aurilia’s existence as a utility infielder is harmless.  If he starts getting starts at short again, Dano needs to designate him for assignment very quickly.  Anyone think that Dano needs a shtick?  Like having an Ah-nold soundalike call players on the phone and say “You’re designated” or something?  It might make people forgot that Milton’s been 2 runs a game worse than Jimmy Haynes was with the Reds.  Or maybe not.

Bergolla clearly wasn’t ready yet.  He showed nice improvement for the Lookouts last year and had a good start for not-Redbirds, but he looked lost at the plate and isn’t the type of prospect who can just shoot through the minors without adjusting at each level.

2005 ZiPS Projection - William Bergolla
——————————————————————————————————
Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05* 148 21   36   5 2   2 11   3 17   3 .243 .258 .345
Rest ‘05   330 50   81 12 2   3 26 15 44   9 .245 .284 .321

* - includes MLE

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Rich Aurilia
——————————————————————————————————
Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05 100 12   20   6 0   3 12   4 15   0 .200 .231 .350
Rest ‘05   294 34   69 15 1   6 33 19 50   1 .235 .283 .354
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 394 46   89 21 1   9 45 23 65   1 .226 .270 .353

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Felipe Lopez
——————————————————————————————————
Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05 132 25   40 13 0   8 25 14 24   4 .303 .370 .583
Rest ‘05   333 52   87 20 1 11 46 33 85   3 .261 .333 .426
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 465 77 127 33 1 19 71 47 109   7 .273 .344 .471

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 30, 2005 at 03:39 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:12 PM (#1371540)
When I saw Aurilia's name, I expected a different verb than "activated."
   2. bibigon Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:12 PM (#1371542)
Lopez was a former bit time prospect, right?

Could he be more than just a fluke/slight uptick in performance, but a genuine breakout? Maybe similar to Guillen?
   3. bibigon Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:15 PM (#1371546)
That should read "big time prospect"...
   4. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:16 PM (#1371547)
"Could he be more than just a fluke/slight uptick in performance, but a genuine breakout? Maybe similar to Guillen? "

Lopez is all of 25 years old and was rushed by the Blue Jays when he was really young. I certainly don't think his hitting this year has been a fluke. This is what we were promised 4 years ago, and he's finally coming through. Count me in the camp that believes in Lopez.
   5. Mikαεl Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:22 PM (#1371561)
Have Lopez and Freel been the best keystone combination in the NL so far?

Either them or Kent/Izturis, and at about 1/10th the cost. Not bad.
   6. shoewizard Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:26 PM (#1371568)
My fantasy team has been dreading this day. Even just a couple of starts for Aurilia could take Lopez out of his zone. He has been my best waiver wire pickup so far. He has an 11 game hitting streak, by the way.
   7. base ball chick Posted: May 30, 2005 at 04:41 PM (#1371595)
well, i'm hoping that aurilia plays this whole series
   8. alio intuito Posted: May 30, 2005 at 05:08 PM (#1371622)
well, i'm hoping that aurilia plays this whole series

Playing the 'stros, are they?
   9. Guy LeDouche Posted: May 30, 2005 at 05:35 PM (#1371653)
The Great Guy LeDouche, being from the great socialist paradise, Toronto, wishes only the best for Lopez.

Now here's a kid who's needed therapy a lot more than that walking corporation stationed in New York.

Good Luck, Pepe.
   10. base ball chick Posted: May 30, 2005 at 05:44 PM (#1371656)
Posted by alio intuito on May 30, 2005 at 12:08 PM (#1371622)
well, i'm hoping that aurilia plays this whole series

Playing the 'stros, are they?


how did you know???????
   11. alio intuito Posted: May 30, 2005 at 05:59 PM (#1371667)
how did you know???????

Just a lucky guess bbc.
   12. 44magnum Posted: May 30, 2005 at 06:00 PM (#1371668)
I think Lopez is the real deal. The last few Springs, the end of last year, & all of this season, he has displayed nice line drive gap power. The last 2 homeruns he hit, one from each side of the plate, have been quite impressive. Right-handed, he took an outside corner pitch & lined it over the rf wall. The ball is jumping off his bat & he's made only 2 errors this season. I've punched his name on every All Star ballot I've completed this year.

I don't know the injury status of Anderson Machado, but am fairly certain that Aurilia will be released (unless the Reds go on a tear) once Machado is ready. Dan, do you have MLE's or any scouting report on Machado? He had a few nice games for Cincy last season.
   13. Bangkok9 eschews 1 from Column A Posted: May 30, 2005 at 06:41 PM (#1371720)
As an appreciative Giants fan, I'm glad to see Rich back in a major league uniform even if he is going to suck.
   14. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: May 30, 2005 at 07:19 PM (#1371765)
I'm sure it's been discussed before, but is Aurilia's 2001 one of the greatest fluke seasons?
   15. The Good Face Posted: May 30, 2005 at 08:18 PM (#1371818)
I don't think Lopez is really a .950 OPS guy, but he's shown nice pop in the minors and is still young as somebody else pointed out. His walk rate isn't terrible and was reasonably solid as a minor leaguer. I'm a believer that he can have a career as a better than average middle infielder. Glad I got him in my NL fantasy league for $6.

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