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  • Bryan LaHair

    His batting line is currently .384/.476/.767. The guy is statistically on par with Kemp and Hamilton thus far. Is this a superstar in the making? Will he be able to sustain his success throughout the season?

  • #2
    he is nearly 30 so he likely won't be a superstar considering this is his first real shot in the majors.

    He won't keep that up but he is a good player. his chance came way too late. the problem is his draft position. top prospects get a million chances even if they suck. but he was drafted 39th round. those guys usually don't get a shot. MLB scouts say that guys after round 20 are not expected to be prospects,they are there so that the real prospects have someone to play with.

    you have to rake extremely to make it out of such a draft slot. even mike piazza was 24 in his first full season (still young of course but rather old for a HOFer who are usually up full time at age 21).
    I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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    • #3
      he's the man

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      • #4
        he gives us Cubs fans something to smile about at this point...when Anthony Rizzo comes up, it will be interesting to see what happens...probably move LaHair to outfield?

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        • #5
          Yes he is 29. LaHair should have been brought up in 2010. He was tearing it up in AAA. Its unfortunate that this "holding back" occurs with some players.
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          • #6
            LaHair couldn't hit lefties for most of his career. Still can't really and for the most part his bat against righties was never really good enough to justify being a major league first baseman until very recently. He wasn't very good in the outfield defensively either. So that limits your options. He had the misfortune of coming up when the Mariners had Ichiro and Ibanez at the corners and Richie Sexson at first. In 2008 LaHair got called up in July at the age of 25 and started in 39 of the last 66 games of that season. He faced mostly righties and didn't hit all that well. After that he was kind of written off.

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            • #7
              LaHair is going to seriously fall back to earth the rest of the season. He's gone 1 for 10 in his last 2 games and has seen his line tumble to .354/.447/.698. He's lost 100 points of OPS in just two games. The guy knows how to take a walk but he strikes out a ton. He's averaging more than a strikeout every 3 at bats, which is really high. What's saving him is his amazingly high BABIP which is .473 overall and .523 against righties. That isn't going to continue.

              I'd say a great line for LaHair from here to the end of the season would be .290/.390/.530. I also think that it could get a whole lot worse than that.

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              • #8
                Rizzo who?
                WAR? Prove it!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
                  Rizzo who?
                  Well, he is raking in AAA right now.

                  http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=rizzo-001ant
                  Chop! Chop! Chop!

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                  • #10
                    1 for his last 14 so far.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
                      1 for his last 14 so far.
                      seems like you enjoy that he finally starts hitting like a Cub
                      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
                        Well, he is raking in AAA right now.

                        http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=rizzo-001ant
                        Yeah well he did the same last year then fizzled when he was recalled...
                        WAR? Prove it!

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                        • #13
                          .235/.299/.388 over his last 29 games. He's come back to earth, not surprisingly.
                          My top 10 players:

                          1. Babe Ruth
                          2. Barry Bonds
                          3. Ty Cobb
                          4. Ted Williams
                          5. Willie Mays
                          6. Alex Rodriguez
                          7. Hank Aaron
                          8. Honus Wagner
                          9. Lou Gehrig
                          10. Mickey Mantle

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                          • #14
                            He's actually not hitting as bad as that for the last 10 to 15 games. He had a really cold stretch in May and got hot again at the end of May and beginning of June.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fenrir View Post
                              His batting line is currently .384/.476/.767. The guy is statistically on par with Kemp and Hamilton thus far. Is this a superstar in the making? Will he be able to sustain his success throughout the season?
                              Batting .191/.272/.303 over his last 56 games since June 6 and .204/.278/.329 in 77 games since this post was started. Only 7 HR and 16 RBI in almost four months, with 83 strikeouts, and he's become a role player, mostly coming off the bench to pinch-hit.

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