Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sizing Up Scott Sizemore

In 2009 Sizemore was the 2nd best prospect in the Tigers organization. In 520 ABs between AA and AAA Sizemore hit 17HR and stole 21 bases. His line for the year ended .308/.350/.500 that included 29 doubles and 5 triples while knocking in 66 in 130 games. In 2010 he became their opening day 2nd Baseman. As their lead off hitter it didn’t work out well. After just 30 games and a Mendoza Line average he was sent back down. He came back in mid September for a call up and finished the year with a .224 BA with virtually no power numbers.
Going into 2011 Sizemore knew he was the odd man out at 2nd Base with the injured Carlos Guillen and Will Rhymes ahead of him. Sizemore could had sulked and been discouraged about his situation but instead he dominated the International league with a .408 average.  Before being called up he had a 1.100 OPS and an unsustainable .518 BABIP which of course helped him achieve the .408 BA.
So now he is back in Motown and hitting in the 2 hole for now. His first game back he goes 3 for 4 with 2R scored and things look pretty good. He has settled back down to earth and is now hitting .261 (league average for 2B is .256) with a SB. The one bright spot since his call up is he is hitting .571 with RISP. The caveat to that is he has a 36% K-rate.
Do I think he is here to stay? I would guess until the break and depending on where the Tigers are in July.  Is he worth owning? In the deepest leagues, yes or a bench spot in others. With Austin Jackson not hitting or running Sizemore has a chance to shine if he can get on base and steal some bags. The Tigers have only 12 SB as a team on the year.  I would keep him on your radar at MI for SB and R support.

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