With Allen Craig gone there’s going to be a spot open for an outfielder, especially in September during the stretch run, so I thought I’d look at the three most likely candidates for that spot: Stephen Piscotty, Randall Grichuk and Tommy Pham.
Next up is Randal Grichuk, who we acquired in the David Freese trade. Grichuk has already made a cameo in the Majors and struggled, but it was a short visit (44 AB’s) so we need to beware the dreaded Small Sample Size (SSS).
Here’s what his Minor League history tells us: The man carries a boomstick. He currently has 21 homeruns in 369 AB’s at Memphis while sporting a .266 AVG, a .316 OBP and a .504 SLG. He also has 21 doubles, 2 triples and 7 SB. The SB and triples may not seem like much, but they tell me that the man is not a sloth like some sluggers are, meaning he’ll be able to get to few balls in the OF instead of being a stationary object.
The .266 BA worries me a tad, as that’s against minor leaguers. While AAA is the highest level, it’s still the minors. How is that .266 BA going to translate to the majors? Another worry is that he currently has 92 (!) K’s this year. The worst case scenario here is a boom or bust kind of guy, ala Mark Reynolds.
He also has big splits, hitting .313 against lefties while hitting just .222 against righties, though the homeruns are pretty evenly split (12 against lefties, 10 against righties.) even with that the AVG differential is alarming.
Bottom line is, if he wants to be more than a platoon masher, he’s got some work to do. Needs to cut down on the K’s and learn some more discipline (his OBP is typically .50 points higher than his BA, which isn’t bad, but could be better, especially since he’s a slugger. He needs patience.)
As always, thanks for reading.