Okay, so ol' Kevin Kiermaier is up an in the lineup. Brandon Guyer is in the starting lineup too. And Cole Figueroa is on the bench. There's a lot of young on this roster right now. Granted: KK and Figuerora have ~140 wRC+ production in Durham this year, and Guyer had much similar production for the previous few seasons in Triple-A.
Still. Rookies is rookies.
And Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist -- much like Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and Alex Cobb -- will be missed. Quite possible, starting tonight. Oh yeah, Ryan Hanigan got hurt too. Jose Molina has a -19 wRC+. ZiPS thinks he can blurp out a 61 wRC+ through the end of the season (.213/.270/.294). Oh boy. That, but the way, would bring his season line to 44 wRC+. Which would be his second-worst all time season, his worst season ever, minimum 200 PA.
If Molina hit 90 wRC+ over the remainder of the season (probably about 250 PA), he'd raise to a 72 wRC+. I'd be fine with that. But it's almost impossible. I can't imagine he'd do that. But maybe...
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Brandon Guyer - LF||Collin Cowgill - RF|
|Wil Myers - RF||Mike Trout - CF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Albert Pujols - 1B|
|Sean Rodriguez - 2B||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Yunel Escobar - SS||C.J. Cron - DH|
|Logan Forsythe - DH||Erick Aybar - SS|
|James Loney - 1B||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Jose Molina - C||Grant Green - LF|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Luis Jimenez - 3B|
|Cesar Ramos - LHP||C.J. Wilson - LHP|
Which of the three rookies has your highest hopes this season?
This poll is closed