Quote of the Day: 'He's just not a real good hitter'

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An unnamed scout, on Delmon Young:

I’ll tell you what. This kid’s hitting instincts are nowhere near
what we all thought he’d be. He’s so undisciplined, it’s unbelievable.
He’s still got speed. He’s still got a good arm. He still has skills.
He’s just not a real good hitter.

Presumably that isn’t the same scout who “gushed that Young’s potential is so great that he compared him to Frank Robinson” shortly after Minnesota acquired him from Tampa Bay two offseasons ago.

Based on the above quote and Patrick Reusse’s recent column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune it looks like people are finally starting to think beyond their five-year-old copies of Baseball America when evaluating Young’s potential.

And all it took was 1,591 plate appearances of undisciplined, powerless, .288/.322/.401 hitting to get the point across.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.

Rays activate Kevin Kiermaier

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The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.

Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.