Results tagged ‘ Strikeouts ’
That was an impressive 2012, wasn’t it?
The Orioles purchased Jai Miller in the 2011-2012 offseason, and put him on the 40-man roster. That move made some sense, because Miller had hit .276/.368/.588 in the Pacific Coast League in 2011, spiked by 32 home runs. Miller didn’t make the Orioles’ roster out of spring training and was sent to Norfolk. With Norfolk, he did hit 8 home runs in 211 plate appearances; two of which were among the most impressive home runs I’ve ever seen at Harbor Park. Unfortunately for Miller, he hit just .196/.308/.397; when he was sent down to AA Bowie, he wasn’t any better. For the season as a whole, he struck out 159 times in just 364 plate appearances, so he struck out in 43.6% of his plate appearances.
To put that in perspective, when Mark Reynolds struck out 221 times (in the major leagues) in 2009, he struck out in only 33.6% of his plate appearances. Last season, Brett Jackson was widely condemned for his strikeouts in his major-league time, to the extent that the Cubs are reworking his swing; he struck out in 41.5% of his plate appearances. Even Glenallen Hill, when he hit .210 and struck out 211 times for A-level Kinston in 1985, only struck out in 39.6% of his plate appearances.
In fairness to Miller, Harbor Park may have been the worst park in all of AAA for him. The nighttime visibility there is not particularly good, and the dimensions and altitude encourage an all-or-nothing plate approach. It’s not surprising Miller struck out a lot; I don’t think anyone expected him to strike out that much.
Miller has apparently given up baseball. He’s enrolled in the University of Alabama, where he will try to play football as a defensive back for the Crimson Tide.
Any cheap-shot comment?
Sure. I have a hard time believing Jai Miller will succeed has a defensive back, because as a defensive back he has to hit.
After a seven-month offseason, nine days of the Tides’ being on the road, and a game postponed because of threatening severe weather, I finally made it to Harbor Park for the first time since September 3 of last season. It’s always exciting to go to a first game of a new season, even if the home team hasn’t provided much room for optimism (a 1-8 start, fueled by an offense that produced 18 runs and a pitching/defense that allowed 44. Based on their runs scored and allowed, the Tides’ record was exactly what it should have been.
The game featured A LOT of strikeouts. Of the twenty-seven outs recorded by the Tides, fifteen were strikeouts, including seven of the last nine. And of the twenty-four outs recorded by the Knights, ten were strikeouts, including nine of the last thirteen. It wasn’t a very good day for Knights starter Freddy Dolsi, who missed out on the strikeout extravaganza with only one strikeout, was battered by the Tides batters who collected ten hits and seven runs off him in only 3 2/3 innings, and betrayed by his defense, as Knight third baseman Dallas McPherson had difficulty getting his throws to first base. Jim Gallagher, the first baseman, saved him twice by coming off the bag and still retiring the batter-runner; but the Tides’ five-run fourth was started when McPherson made a too-wild throw that Gallagher couldn’t convert into an out. Brandon Snyder hit a run-scoring double to give the Tides a 4-1 lead; then the Tides broke it open with back-to-back home runs (neither of which needed the wind) by Nick Green and Brendan Harris.
Pitcher Dolsi also figured in a play that I don’t remember ever seeing before. With a runner on third base in the third inning, the Knights brought the infield in. Craig Tatum slapped a grounder to the right side of the infield, Gallagher broke for the ball, but it was second baseman Gookie Dawkins who fielded it. Dolsi, apparently daydreaming, failed to break for first, so it became a race between Dawkins and the slow-moving Tatum to get to first. All the while watching the runner on third, Dawkins hustled to the base and recorded the out. That goes on my scoresheet as a 4/G (second baseman, unassisted).