The issue is that he’s having marginal impact on a Phillies team that needed a big year from their franchise shortstop.
Let’s face it: as you can tell by the frequency of posting, Beerleaguer isn’t exactly running out grounders these days, either. And this "leading by example" nonsense is so overrated. Lead whom? Roy Halladay? Cole Hamels? Right.
Before we get to Jimmy, a little housekeeping. Right-hander Ryan O’Sullivan, 21, became the player to be named later in the Joe Blanton deal to the Dodgers. He was assigned to Clearwater, and you can take a look at his numbers here. Over on Phuture Phillies, he’s drawing comparisons to Kyle Simon, the right-handed reliever acquired in the Jim Thome deal to Baltimore. A fourth -round pick of the Dodgers in 2011, he ranked in the top 25 in the Dodgers’ chain, according to Baseball America. He’s had a history of elbow issues. Nevertheless, he sounds like more than just filler. Interesting the Phils seem to have focused more on guys who keep the ball down and locate rather than pure fireballers for the 'pen the last few years.
As for Jimmy, look, I get it. Good help is hard to find at shortstop, and his 3.1 WAR makes him the fifth-best shortstop in the league. But he's selling the Phils short on his best, there's no doubt, and I have to believe the Phils feel the same. He’s hitting .246/.308/.413, a bad average and bad on-base, and too many of the bad habits haven’t changed.
For the last four seasons, I feel like I’m constantly wrestling with how much he’s actually giving them, and wondering if I’ll be doing the same through 2015.