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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

White Sox - Signed Ward

Chicago White Sox - Signed PH Daryle Ward to a minor-league contract.

It’s hard to believe that Ward’s going to turn 34 this year.

Two things are working against Ward.  First, while he’s a pretty good pinch-hitter (a .700 OPS is actually pretty good), with modern bullpens that look like a Verizon commercial, the professional pinch-hitter is almost extinct.  Still plenty of pinch-hitting going on, but not many teams want to use a roster spot unless the player can play defense as well.  Ward, of course, plays defense about as well as the Italian Tenth Army.

I’m pulling this out of my ass, but I suspect that Ward faces a harder path because everyone remembers that he was supposed to be a big hitter, but never really developed.  He certainly looks like a guy who should have some game-breaking power, but he really doesn’t and has managed a measly 15 home runs per 162 games in the majors.

Ward started the season in the Atlantic League, so his services haven’t exactly been sought after since he was cut by the Reds.  It’s still possible that Ward sees some time in the majors as the Charlotte Knights are rather thin in hitting prospects.

2009 ZiPS Projection - Daryle Ward
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Year-to-Date   0   0   0   0 0   0   0   0   0   0 .000 .000 .000  
Rest-of-Yr   102 12   28   7 0   3 15 14 20   0 .271 .360 .437
Total       102 12   28   7 0   3 15 14 20   0 .271 .360 .437

Year-to-date and totals include minor-league translations, if applicable

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 05, 2009 at 03:13 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 05, 2009 at 04:59 AM (#3164580)
He's also Thome insurance I suppose and with Thome muddling along at a 101 OPS+, one wonders if he's fully healthy. Heck, due to the high OBP, that projection is a little better than what Thome's doing right now (not that I'd recommend cutting Thome loose in favor of Ward :-). Maybe extra-double-emergency "oh crap Quentin and Dye both got hit" insurance too.
   2. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: May 05, 2009 at 05:05 AM (#3164611)
Well, that fixes the CF problem!
   3. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: May 05, 2009 at 07:15 AM (#3164690)
Yes, and it's about time.
   4. Ron Johnson Posted: May 05, 2009 at 07:28 AM (#3164692)
#2 I know I'd pay to watch Ward in CF.

For an is that even legal moment how about the outfield of Jason Giambi (LF), Patrick Lennon (CF) and Matt Stairs (RF). With Jose Canseco DHing and Geronimo Berroa available for a change of pace.
   5. Anthony Giacalone Posted: May 07, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3169736)
Stupid Italian Tenth Army.
   6. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: May 07, 2009 at 09:53 PM (#3169750)
Stupid Italian Tenth Army.

Yeah, they got spanked by an inferior force in North Africa. Just embarrassing.

Wait, what?
   7. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 07, 2009 at 10:07 PM (#3169769)
For some reason, I figured this would be Turner Ward.

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