Author Topic: Bryce: All things considered, I'd Rather be in Philadelphia  (Read 28753 times)

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Offline Natsinpwc

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That was the problem with that at-bat. It was clear he couldn't swing freely due to the shoulder, but it was also clear he did not have a lot of practice bunting. I have more sympathy for him in the final at-bat, since it was again clear that the pain was getting to him, but he still made the effort to swing hard.
They played with no subs yesterday.  Kingery got hurt and they had to put him in.  At 25% he is probably still better than Kingery.


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That was the problem with that at-bat. It was clear he couldn't swing freely due to the shoulder, but it was also clear he did not have a lot of practice bunting. I have more sympathy for him in the final at-bat, since it was again clear that the pain was getting to him, but he still made the effort to swing hard.
He was not playing and then I think Kingery got hurt

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He was not playing and then I think Kingery got hurt
Yes, they played with no bench guys due to not putting anyone on the DL. 

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One thing about Bryce and his initial hype was he was projected to produce this kind of offense as a catcher, at least for a while.  He never caught as a pro and was shifted to one of the least value defensive positions, corner OF.  By fWAR, that's a 2.0 win hit to his value. Mauer spent 7 years as a full-time catcher, then spent 3 years split between 1st and catcher, before becoming a full-time 1st baseman.  Tack on 6+ years of full-time catching, and that's probably 5 years "OMG and he catches too" to the hype.  HE probably doesn't get a 13 year contract because very few catch that long, but he'd be way higher up in the "is this guy the best in the game" debate.

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I still think he should have moved to third base. Defensively, he was a good catcher. It wasnt a situation like Schwarber or Sanchez where they struggled to block balls behind the plate. Harper was solid. The move to third wouldnt have been any more or less difficult a transition as the outfield. He throws righthanded so he's good there. He was quick enough, glove was good enough, and the arm is great for third.

Plus, when the time comes, it would be easy to move to first.

The big hype was 2015. Everyone thought he had found it and that was going to be the standard.

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2 for 25 slump nicely emphasized on the FOX broadcast last night.  You hate to see it.

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HE actually hustled and dove for a liner down the line that ended up bouncing into his face to avoid getting by him.  It was a nice effort.

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HE actually hustled and dove for a liner down the line that ended up bouncing into his face to avoid getting by him.  It was a nice effort.
He figured if he could take a 95 mph pitch to the face with no damage this was low risk.  He has one hard head.

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Harper to the 10-day IL