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Rizzo doing well down on the SD farm


I saw this while reading fantasy baseball news and thought other Sox fans might like to hear how our buddy Anthony Rizzo is doing down on the San Diego farm

San Diego’s top hitting prospect leads all of Triple-A in Total Bases, thanks to a .420 BA and a league-high 6 HRs in the hitter-friendly PCL. His ETA in San Diego has become a hot topic of late, especially since the Padres first base platoon has generated a .313 average – that’s OPS (.151 OBP + .163 SLG), by the way. Perhaps if the Padres were contending, it would be reasonable to believe Rizzo could get a call in the next week or two. But, with the team sitting in the basement in the NL West, it’s no surprise that Pads GM Jed Hoyer is offering us the classic “not ready” excuse that we all know is really code for, “He’ll be here as soon as service time is not an issue.” Said Hoyer, “We talk to our coaches and scouts every day and they love the way he’s playing. But Anthony’s not a finished product … We want to bring him up here when he has the absolute best chance to succeed.” Rizzo’s Tucson manager Terry Kennedy doesn’t seem to be quite in step with the company line, saying, “If he’s not there in a month, something’s wrong.” What Kennedy should have said was, “If he’s not there in 5-6 weeks, something’s wrong.” Rizzo is owned in less than one percent of Y! leagues. He’s a power-to-all-fields, work-the-count type, but enthusiasm should be tempered given Petco’s tough hitting environment and Rizzo’s limited experience above Single-A (less than 500 ABs). Think about him (in late May) if the Freeman/Smoak/LaPorta contingent are already spoken for in your league.

-- Brandon Funston, Yahoo! fantasy baseball

I'll be rooting for him.

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