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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
While nothing in Khalil Greene's first season as a Cardinal has gone right so far—having lost his starting job, getting DL'ed for a social anxiety disorder—there is now a glimmer of hope for the 29 year old shortstop's season as the Cardinals are going to send him back down to the minors to learn third base, the position he played in college (h/t Rob Neyer).
Greene most likely was not going to be able to win back the starting shortstop job from Brendan Ryan, but as long as the Cards do not go out and acquire a new third baseman, Khalil has a decent shot of winning playing time at third over the disappointing Joe Thurston and coincidental last name sharer Tyler Greene.
In NL-Only leagues Greene is worth keeping an eye on when he returns to the majors as he could begin playing like his 2007 self, when he blasted 27 home runs.
Posted by Paul Singman at 6:39pm
Yesterday, Brewers infielder Casey McGehee had three hits for the second straight game. With 12 hits in his last 21 AB, McGehee in eight days has raised his BA from .265 to .357.
It won't last. McGehee's BA is now 60 points above his highest previous BA at any level. His career-high BA is .297, posted in 2005 at Double-A. McGehee did bat .296/.345/.429 last year in Triple-A, at age 25. But in line with his minor-league history, he struck out twice as often as he walked, whereas thus far with Milwaukee he has 10 BB to 12 K. He has inconsequential speed (1.6 SB per 162 games in the minors).
Heater lists McGehee's "True" batting line as .257/.318/.378, and we rank him as the 18th-best NL second baseman in predicted OPS. Obviously, he'd rank a bit lower at 3B. With only 70 AB to his name, his BA could plummet quickly with a cold streak, so start dangling him.
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