Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wimberly forgotten as a CF options

Without even knowing the extent of Andres Torres injury the organization seems in a tailspin over who could replace Torres if he were to be out for an extended period of time.  Manager Terry Collins has even suggested moving Jordany Valdespin to the position due to his athleticism, Valdespin has one winter league game in left field back in 2007.  Many are concerned that calling up Den Dekker or Nieuwenhuis would be rushing the youngsters and impact their development.  But none of the players fighting for back-up outfield positions appear to be the type who could be used on a daily basis.  Another radical idea would be to move Jason Bay over to center, I think Bay needs to be left alone for him to have any chance of rebounding.

One name that hasn't surfaced who could fill the center field spot and hit lead-off is Corey Wimberly.  The 28y/o switch hitter was signed this off-season to a minor league deal and has appeared in one major league  spring training game.  Wimberly was drafted in 2005 by the Rookies and was thought to be the next Chone Figgins.  He has the most time at 2B but has played everywhere except 1B/C, with 67 games in center field he at least has some experience/ track record.  He's averaged 40 stolen bases a season with a high mark of 59 in 2008 at the AA level and has a career BA of .297 with a .367 OBP.  The last three seasons have been hampered by hand/wrist injuries which resulted in a .238 BA in only 58 games last season for Pitt. AAA affiliate.  Wimberly is being used as an outfielder and is off to a fast start in Buffalo's camp...

outfielder COREY WIMBERLY went 1-2 with a walk and three stolen bases. Wimberly was signed as a free agent this off season after stealing 15 bases in 58 games with Indianapolis last season. source MiLB