Back when Frank Cruz appeared...
What ever happened to that guy? He must have gotten kicked out of Suite Bowden at the DR camp, and no longer have internet access. I guess Emsailyn moved in and Frank Felix got thrown back in with the general population
I saw him down here a couple times in the GCL games. I think he had some visa trouble (as all minor leaguer used to - especially Nats as they were short on their allotment of the old visas MiLB's had to use - that should change this year now that they are classified as full-time employees) and wasn't around for the GCL opener. At least I couldn't find him then.
He's listed as 6'0", but he looks taller than that. He's only 16 and still growing, and has a classic SS physique. He has very quick hands and feet.
Back to Church - the guy has a nice quick compact swing. Watching it in sl-mo is awesome. When the pitch selection improves he'll be a big contributor to the team. I have no doubt about the improvement in his approach at the plate. His discipline/approach, especially with RISP, has improved greatly each year. His ratio of RBI/RISP AB was about .455 last year, which is pretty respectable - and better than Zimmerman (.429). With RISP & 2 Out, his ratio was .571 and Zimmerman's drops to .389. I'm not saying he's better than Zimmerman, just that Church's situational hitting is better than for what he's given credit.
Comparing Church to Zimmerman:
Overall, Zimmerman produced .142 runs per PA, but Church was respectable at .124. Over the course of a season, this would come to about 11.7 runs produced with 650 PAs. However, Zimmerman had a RISP 32.2% of his AB, and Church only 28.1%. This is a large factor in their RP/PA. With 600 AB, this would provide Church with about 24 more RISP opportunities. At his rate, that would be 11 more RBI or 5.5 RP. Church, despite his K rate, had a better OBP (.366) than Zimmerman (.351). However, Zimmerman was driven in .294 of the time he was on base other than by HR, while the batters following Church only drove him in .171 of the time he left himself on base. Over 650 PA, Church would be on base 10 more times than Zimmerman. However, since the guys behind Church suck at driving in runners, that only account for 1.7 runs. Finally, if the guys behind Church drove in runs at the clip the guys following Zimmerman did, he'd score 29 more times (produce 14.5 more runs) over 650 PA. In short, if the guy's behind him were as decent at driving in baserunners as the guys behind Zimmerman, that factor alone would provide Church with a better run production rate than Zimmerman. That's the one thing in run production that is out of Church's control. In what is withing his control, driving in baserunners and getting on base, and in driving in himself (HR), Church was more productive than Zimmerman in 2006. And Zimmerman's future All-Star and maybe even MVP material.