Thursday, October 08, 2009
Tigers plan to bring Scott Sizemore to bigsPosted by Evan Brunell
Dave Dombrowski seems prepared to move forward with Scott Sizemore as the new starting second baseman.
During an interview, Dombrowski referred to Polanco in the past tense, and talked up Sizemore's preparedness for duty.
Sizemore has yet to see major league action, splitting 2009 between Double-A and Triple-A. Combined, he hit .308/.389/.500, certainly suggesting that the 24-year old is ready for prime time. The article referenced above says that Sizemore isn't as "flashy" as Polanco defensively, but "is a solid glove man with a strong arm."
Prior to this year, Sizemore had not done anything of value with the bat. In fact, for High-A in 2008 -- when he was 23, advanced for his age -- he hit .286/.365/.409. Detroit, however, liked his tools and thought his power would develop and continued to promote him. He delivered.
Will he deliver in the majors? We'll find out.
Evan Brunell is currently editor of Fire Brand of the American League, a Red Sox blog he began in 2003. He also scores games at Fenway Park for MLB. He was the co-founder and president of MVN, an independent sports media web site.