Saturday, May 15, 2010

Anthony Rizzo gets promoted

Last week one of my favorite prospects, Anthony Rizzo, was promoted to Double-A Portland to fill the void of Lars Anderson.

Rizzo has a really solid '09 campaign between Greenville and Salem. He was off to a slower start in 2010 but slugged .491 in 114 at bats for Salem this year.

Rizzo is a plus defender at first base and at just 20 years old his bat is coming along nicely. Keep in mind he is just a year and a half removed from chemotherapy as well.

Although the sample size is small, Rizzo's LD rate is way down and FB rate up from his career numbers. Could this be a change in approach to loft more balls or simply random noise? The only way for us to know is to watch him in person or simply wait for him to accumulate more at bats.

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