Quincy Latimore, M.V.P.?
August 23, 2010 3 Comments
Today’s the day postseason all-star ballots are due into the league office. Every team submits three ballots — one from the manager, scorer and sports writer — and each ballot has a spot for a Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, four pitchers, two relievers, two catchers, one position player at each spot, a DH, two utilities, and three managers/coaches.
My choice for league MVP would be Quincy Latimore, except you cannot vote for your own players. So I voted for Tampa’s Melky Mesa. It’s a tough call between the two, so I figured we’d break it down.
Here’s the Diagram:
MELKY MESA l QUINCY LATIMORE
AVG .267 .262
HR 19 17
RBI 74 91
SB 31 of 40 7 of 8
OBP .342 .320
GMS 116 123
ERRORS 4 7
Now some rankings fro these guys:
1st: 91 RBI (leads by 16)
2nd: 123 GMS; 208 TB; 48 EXBH
3rd: 17 HR; 30 2B; 78 R;
4th: 28 AB per HR; 477 AB
1st: 19 HR; 22.6 AB per HR, 49 EXBH, 211 TB
2nd: 79 R, .490 SLG
3rd: 9 3B, 74 RBI
4th: 31 SB
(Each player is among the top four in nine offensive categories)
It’s a fairly close call – so you be the judge – leave us a comment on who you think is the MVP and why.
Another note for Quincy. He will not break the RBI record for the FSL. That sits at 140 and was set in the 1940’s. But….Wuincy is the best run producer at Class A-Advanced for the Pirates in recent memory. The bad news is that all of the below since 2005 have not advanced beyond AA. Jordy Mercer will likely buck that trend, and the hope would certainly be the same for Latimore.
2009: Jordy Mercer – 83
2008: Jared Keel – 81
2007: Brad Corley – 89
2006: Mike Carlin – 74
2005: Pat Magness – 92
(WARNING: Continuing beyond this point means you are a stats nerd…which is okay)
2004: Brad Eldred – 74
2003: Walter Young – 87
2002: Josh Bonifay – 102
2001: B.J. Barns – 57
2000: J.J Davis – 80
1999: Derrick Lankford – 88
1998: Morgan Walker – 68
1997: Aramis Ramirez – 114
1996: Jose Guillen – 94
1995: Reed Secrist – 75 (no not Ryan Seacrest)
So it looks like Quincy Latinmore will most certainly be a post-season All-Star…if not the MVP. Now let’s go back to the middle of the season. Remember, Bradenton scored eight mid-season All-Stars. Can the team do better in the post-season list?
Here’s the list of candidates…let’s start with those I think would be locks…
Quincy Latimore, Diego Moreno*, Aaron Pribanic, Jeff Locke*
**Moreno and Locke may be hurt by time spent in Double-A, but numbers are numbers. Both have been very solid. Locke has 86.1 innings under his belt in the league and left as the FSL leader in wins with nine.
And now those that I think have a solid case…
He’s 10-7 with a 3.40 ERA (8th best in the league). He’s also a midseason All-Star. The only reason I don’t have him as a lock is that he did struggle a bit in July and may have fallen off some voter radars.
He’ll be hurt by the fact that he missed July. But let’s be honest. The guy is hitting well over .400 since returning off the DL at the end of that month. That’s not a small sample size. He’s hitting over .400 over a span of 17 games. The rush has pushed his avergae to .298. He also has eight homers. He’s got a really good shot. I marked down Daytona’s Michael Brenly and Dunedin’s Travis d’Arnaud on my ballot. Fryer has player in more games then the later and 16 less then Brenly.
It’s hard for Calvin. Rebel Ridling has this spot pretty much locked up. Daytona’s corner man is hitting .291 with 12HR and 69 RBI. Calvin has an average in the .260 range with 10HR and 66 RBI. The numbers aren’t that far off, so we’ll see.
He was a midseason All-Star and leads the league in saves. His 31 saves are seven off a league record last set in 1998 by New York Met R.A. Dickey. He didn’t throw a knuckleball back then. His high ERA might hurt him (3.34). Now, that’s not a high ERA, but for a closer it could be considered that way – especially because Charlotte’s Zachary Quate’s is 1.38. David Carpenter has a 2.36 ERA but is no longer in the league after being traded to Houston.
That adds up to eight All-Stars, but we’ll have to see how the Marauders do in the voting. One thing that does hurt Bradenton is that All-Star locks Brock Holt, Tony, Sanchez, Jeremy Farrell and Starling Marte are all either on the DL, or spent too much time on the DL.
Your turn. You decide….
Till next time,