The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Phillies 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Longo Goes Long. Evan Longoria hit his second home run of the spring. We will have more on this in a little bit. But in the meantime, you can see the home run below…Briggy D. Reid Brignac may only be 80%, which means with a bat, he is now about 40% of an average hitter. But apparently he still has it with the glove, making a nice diving stab from the right-handed bat shift (see below).

THE BAD: Hellboy’s Ratios. Jeremy Hellickson pitched well, allowing just 1 run in 6 innings. But what is a little worrisome is that he only had 3 strikeouts to go with 2 walks, and now has just 9 Ks in 16 innings with 5 walks. That is less than 2 strikeouts for every walk, and only 5.1 Ks per 9 innings. This was something that escaped Hellickson a little last year. And if he is ever going to be a dominant big league pitcher, he needs to get his strikeout-to-walk ratio closer to 3 and his Ks per 9 innings closer to 9.

THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings played seven innings in center field and Reid Brignac played four innings at shortstop. Several of the regulars played 8 or 9 innings, including Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, Ben Zobrist, and Matt Joyce.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Will the Rays pick Brandon Guyer or one of the non-roster invitees to fill out the outfield? We’d prefer Guyer also, but all signs point to Jesus Feliciano or possibly Will Rhymes, both of whom are still in camp and have received a ton of playing time and several positions. [TobyDavid.com]
  • Or maybe the Rays will just trade for an outfielder. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rays are looking. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
  • JP Howell is finally pitching with confidence. [TampaBay.com]
  • Carl Crawford might be out until May for the Red Sox. [WEEI.com]
  • Are the Bucs going to draft Trent Richardson? [JoeBucsFan]

 

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7 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    I think you’ve mentioned Hellickson’s ridiculously good BABIP last year, so his success last year came in spite of a high walk rate. I agree on reducing the free passes but I don’t think he’ll ever approach 9K/9IP…and I don’t think it’s a goal of his. He’ll need to continue to pitch to (poor) contact to be successful.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Good point. That really should have read drop the walks or up the strikeouts. Either way, the ratio has to get better. He used to be a very good swing-and-miss guy, and that just hasn’t translated at the big league level yet. As a result, I think he is spending too much time pitching just off the strikezone trying to get guys to chase pitches. It is as if he has lost a little confidence.

  2. Don says:

    If Brignac could hit .250 with his little bit of power he would be an All Star…too bad he can’t get the hitting help…some where?
    Guyer has problems..going to the majors now? Feliciano is the man to try…

    • s says:

      Don,
      I truly don’t think there’s a “fix” to reid’s swing. You can tweak a lot of things, but the uppercut is his natural swing. I’m not sure you can repair a swing that’s been around for years. It will never be a contact swing and his average will always reflect it (see carlos pena). There may be time where his timing is perfect, but the contact zone is so small that reid will never be a .300 hitter.

      • Cork Gaines says:

        The California League (he won the MVP) is probably the worst thing that ever happened to Brignac. At an age where they should have been breaking his swing down and building it from scratch, those small ballparks made everybody think the uppercut could actually work.

        • Sarah says:

          Do the Rays even have a California League affiliate? If not, what was he doing there? I was always under the impression he’d been drafted by the Rays out of high school.

          • Cork Gaines says:

            not anymore. But as recently as 2006, the Rays high single-A team was in Visalia, California, before the Rays took over in Vero Beach, which was part of the Dodgers’ system up to 2006. Anyway, in 2006, Briggy played for Visalia and hit .326 with 21 home runs. He was named league MVP.

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