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Monday, February 18, 2008

Muscular Alex Rios impresses at the plate

Uh-oh…Cytochrome P450 reductase (RED) flag alert!

With every monster home run that Alex Rios launched in batting practice yesterday, the impression grew that he has not only hit his professional stride, he is likely to shake up the Blue Jays, from their batting order to their payroll.

“You take a look at Alex and you take a look at his history and he’s always been a player who gets better and better,” said Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, who took in Rios’s power show yesterday.

...Rios, who turned 27 today and has been in training camp sporting a Mohawk haircut, seems to have reached another level of power and skill at the plate.

Rios didn’t play winter ball this year and worked once again with a personal trainer in Puerto Rico. He said he “didn’t do anything special,” but something obviously worked. His power has improved noticeably, especially to straightaway centre – he blasted the first pitch he saw over the screen in dead centre – and the gap in right-centre.

Repoz Posted: February 18, 2008 at 10:41 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: February 18, 2008 at 11:53 AM (#2693564)
With due respect, I'll wait until the real games start to judge whether Rios has added significant power this year. Batting practice just isn't going to be enough to convince me.

Most statistically similar hitters to Alexis Rios through age 26:

1. Tony Gonzalez
2. Rondell White
3. Bernie Williams
4. Mel Hall
5. Roy Weatherly
6. Disco Dan Ford
7. Coco Crisp
8. Harry Lumley
9. Tito Francona
10. Shannon Stewart

Generally, the pattern of the guys on that list has been to enjoy a mild breakout at age 25 or 26 and then hold the course for another few years after that before declining. Rios had a bigger breakout in 2006 than most of them did, but while he certainly should be able to sustain something close to his current level of performance for awhile, I think it's unlikely he's going to take another great leap forward this year.
   2. Harvey Berkman Posted: February 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM (#2693568)
He's Bernie-Williamsish
   3. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM (#2693572)
The difference between Alex Rios and, well, all the guys on that comp list, is that he's always had plus power potential. His scouting reports going back have usually featured Dave Winfield comparisons. Rios hasn't yet developed that power, but it's been increasing, and it's always been a potential given his frame and his swing. I wouldn't be surprised at all by a 35-HR season.
   4. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 18, 2008 at 12:59 PM (#2693574)
Steroids.
   5. Pete Toms Posted: February 18, 2008 at 03:55 PM (#2693682)
I haven't seen Rios since last season but I hope David is right. I hope he got on the juice and in the weight room and is jacked. I'm a Jays fan, I want to win, screw all else.

BTW, Francouer evidently gained 17 lbs of muscle during the offseason. What the...?

The MR, testing...all a farce.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 18, 2008 at 03:57 PM (#2693686)
Steroid-addled Alex Rios impresses at the arraignment.
   7. Mike Green Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:06 PM (#2693695)
"8. Harry Lumley"

Really? I figured Terry Sawchuk or Billy Smith as a comp for Rios.
   8. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:27 PM (#2693713)
BTW, Pete, I was joking, but the above description of him seems exactly like the sort of thing people pretend is suspicious when said about Bonds or Sosa or whomever.
   9. Kyle S at work Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:29 PM (#2693716)
   10. Charter Member of the Jesus Melendez Fanclub Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:46 PM (#2693733)
This sounds just like what Verducci wrote about him 3 years ago or so...the year Verducci got to play in an exhibition game.
   11. Kyle S at work Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:53 PM (#2693737)
btw, the link didn't work because i can't put quotes into an href url. anyone know how to do that?
   12. Sexy Lizard Posted: February 18, 2008 at 04:58 PM (#2693742)
btw, the link didn't work because i can't put quotes into an href url. anyone know how to do that?

I don't, but the search with quotes yielded the headline "Bomb run over German helped Ferrari conquer fear of death". I figured out that there was supposed to be a y at the end of "German", but I think that the typo version is much better. I like the idea of a German getting run over by a bomb, maybe a bomb in a Ferrari.
   13. MM1f Posted: February 18, 2008 at 05:02 PM (#2693750)
People currently in the best shape of their lives..
Ray King
Javy Lopez
Chad Cordero
Russell Martin
Carlos Zambrano
Ryan Doumit
Alex Rios
this guy (who is actually a good story)
The Chiefs' Jared Allen
Air Force bball center Keith Maren
boxer Jermain Taylor
South African heavyweight champ Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana
   14. MM1f Posted: February 18, 2008 at 05:03 PM (#2693751)
   15. ValueArb Posted: February 19, 2008 at 03:38 AM (#2694272)

BTW, Francouer evidently gained 17 lbs of muscle during the offseason. What the...?


I put 10 lbs of muscle on in a single summer at age 20 on a 136 lb frame, doing nothing but lifting weights six days a week. No supplements other than a daily vitamin.
   16. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: February 19, 2008 at 03:44 AM (#2694274)
Doing that at age 20 is a lot different than 26.

I added a lot of muscle in my early 20's too, not doing much more, and often less than I did in high school. Just filled out my frame, I think I added close to 40 lbs total.
   17. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: February 19, 2008 at 06:58 AM (#2694424)
Ray King

What, so he can walk up the stairs without being out of breath now?
   18. BeanoCook Posted: February 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM (#2694455)
What's this about Ray King?
   19. BeanoCook Posted: February 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM (#2694456)
Add Dioner Navarro. 5 hrs ago new article appeared.

People currently in the best shape of their lives..
Ray King
Javy Lopez
Chad Cordero
Russell Martin
Carlos Zambrano
Ryan Doumit
Alex Rios
this guy (who is actually a good story)
The Chiefs' Jared Allen
Air Force bball center Keith Maren
boxer Jermain Taylor
South African heavyweight champ Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana

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