• May

    Buck should play Navarro over Flaherty

    The Orioles promoted Yamaico Navarro. Will Buck put him into the lineup this afternoon at second base? Navarro hit .303/.395/.434/.829 in 147 PAs at Norfolk. Over his last seven game Ryan Flaherty has hit .238/.385/.381/.766 and did homer last night.

    My personal opinion is that Navarro should be given a shot. He's batting .341/.436/.473/.909 in 107 PAs against righties this year at Norfolk and is actually a year younger than Flaherty. The right-handed hitter has only hit .194/.270/.323/.593 against left-handers this year so it doesn't appear a platoon would be to his advantage despite the obvious handiness between Flaherty and himself.

    Navarro has struggled in his 168 major league PAs putting up a .191/.244/.250/.494 line, but one thing to remember is that they were all put up at an age before Flaherty even had one major league PA. Flaherty didn't even see a major league AB until his 25th birthday. Navarro has much more experience in AAA than Flaherty and has out performed him offensively at that level. Flaherty has come around a bit, but I still don't have a lot of faith in him offensively, and honestly, he might be better off going back down to AAA and getting more experience against off speed pitches.

    At one point Navarro was a pretty good prospect who's re-dedication has shown up this year. Has Flaherty come around or is Buck ready to give Navarro a shot?

    I think Buck will give Navarro and as long as Navarro can play solid defense, he has a chance for some regular playing time.

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