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.