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Clearly Offensive Production is Nice, but Not Everything For Dbacks

By Scott Allen

When I heard last night that the Florida Marlins has optioned one of their most popular players, Logan Morrison, to AAA, I wondered why?  I had to go look at his numbers.  He was hitting .249, with 17 HR and 60 RBI.  Apparently hitting only .230 over the past month though did him in.  So that got me to wondering?  Just how high are the expectations in Florida with the team sitting in last place in the Nationals League East?  The Arizona Diamondbacks offense features several players with worse, much worse numbers and they aren’t going anywhere.

So let’s look at players for the Dbacks who aren’t producing nearly as well as Morrison.

Kelly Johnson – .210, 18 HR, 49 RBI.  Based on the Marlins idea of struggling, Johnson wouldn’t be anywhere near a big league bat.

Chris Young – .241, 17 HR, 57 RBI.  Again, that batting average would be pure spoil for the fish in Florida.

Xavier Nady – .248, 4 HR, 35 RBI.  It must be the intangibles that keep Nady around in Arizona.  Now, he just sits on the DL nursing a broken hand.

Sean Burroughs – . .254, 0 HR, 4 RBI.  Almost exclusively a bench player in his two months in Arizona, but still, no production from him at all and yet there he still sits on the bench in Arizona.

Ryan Roberts -.263, 16 HR, 50 RBI.  Sure, the average is slightly higher than Morrison, but his power numbers are lower than his.  Roberts does provide a few intangibles though.

Cody Ransom, .200 ; Paul Goldschmidt – .216

So, those are just a few examples.  However it clearly shows you don’t need to knock the snot of out the ball to win in this league.  It helps but isn’t necessary.  The Dbacks apparently don’t mind have sub-par hitters on their bench.  They added another yesterday, Lyle Overbay, who was hitting .227 with the Pittsburgh Pirates before his release.  So, again, .227 is not good enough for the Pirates, and it shouldn’t be, but then it is good enough for the Dbacks.  Definitely a sign your GM is a pitchers guy.  That’s who Dbacks GM Kevin Towers is.  It’s all about the pitching.