Okay, here me out on this before you accuse me of smoking stuff. I think the major league club and the minors are getting ready to shuffle the deck a little with some moves later this month if not sooner. Some of the moves are somewhat obvious, but what tipped me off was the fact that Visalia played Eaton in CF tonight with Broxton in right. Now, pardon me if this has happened before and I just missed it. But the crazy idea it gave me was that they wanted to get Eaton some time in CF in preparation for a move to AA to play CF there.
But A.J. Pollock is the CF in Mobile, you say? Well, I think Pollock is heading for Reno and Colin Cowgill is heading to the show. The big league club should be near wit's end with a .640 OPS out of Parra in LF. Now I know he plays some nice defense and has made a handful of great throws to nail runners. But that's not going to cut it. Cowgill is going to get his chance, and being a CF by trade, there shouldn't be a drop off in defense. They can keep Parra as a nice 4th OF with the occasional start against tough righties and to spell Young and Upton on occasion. But that's all he should be allowed to do.
The team is just not scoring enough runs and some changes need to be made. Goldie's going to get called up any day in my opinion and Xman may be the victim. I know they like Miranda and it might not be fair to him to get benched. But them's the breaks as they say. Or maybe they can keep Xman and dump Burroughs or Mora.
The team is really lacking a leadoff guy and while I love Ryan Roberts, his average and OBP have been trending steadily downward. Cowgill is hitting .372 with an OBP of .437 and 19 steals. Plus he has 11 big flies. I know it's the hitter friendly PCL, but what the hell can he do to earn his chance? He's 25 and he sure deserves his shot based on what he's done to date. An order of Cowgill, KJ, Upton, Drew, Goldie, Montero, Young, Roberts is worth a shot isn't it? The lineup simply has to rid itself of regular outs from Parra, Xman and Mora, et al. Cowgill and Goldie fit the bill like a glove.