Carlos Peguero has been called up while the struggling Hector Noesi heads to Tacoma. I can understand the skepticism in being excited about the call up of a career .196 hitter, but I think he can provide the spark the Mariners need. Its been tough watching the Mariners this year, mostly because they are so damn boring to watch. I often find myself looking at my cell phone around 8pm and seeing a text from my brother asking if I’m watching the game, my reply is usually something like “Unfortunately yes,” or “I wish I wasn’t.” I’m a fan, I can’t help it. I am gonna be watching the Mariners no matter how bad they are, all I can hope for is some occasional excitement. Peguero should provide that!
Last season Peguero quickly gained a lot of attention because he possessed one characteristic greatly lacking on the Mariners roster, POWER! The 6’5″ 245 pound 25-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic can crush a baseball. His first career home run came on May 13th last year and traveled 451 feet! If you missed it, I kindly provided the video below courtesy of course of MLB, Root Sports and the Seattle Mariners.
Peguero currently ranks 3rd in the Pacific Coast League with 18 Home runs, has a .298 batting average and is sporting a 4 digit OPS! (1.002) OPS is on-base% + slugging% for my non stat-geek friends. And keep in mind he missed a lot of time with a meniscus tear in his knee at the beginning of the year. He has been destroying triple-a pitching as of late including 6 home runs in his last 5 games, with a HR in each of his last 5 games. Its early to look at July stats but check out what he has done in his first 4 games of the month:
Batting Average: .375 – 4 Home runs in 16 AB’s – 8 RBI – On Base% .474 – Slugging% 1.125 – OPS 1.599
The big guy also has a downside… he strikes out a lot…. I mean a whole lot, like 34.8% of the time if you want to be exact. But as a fan, I will gladly watch the big lug swing outta his cleats 2 or 3 times a game as long as he is launching 400 footers when he does connect. I can only stomach so many infield ground outs in a game, and that seems to be what our hitters are best at right now. As a team the Mariners have a batting average of .231, 2nd to last place (Thank you Oakland.) If you are curious, come on… I know you are, the Mariners record for lowest team batting average was .233, last year! An embarrassing record which was a new low since as far back as 2010, when the M’s put up a pathetic .236.
Let me do that for you 1 more time…
2010 Mariners Batting Average = .236 (record low since 1983)
2011 Mariners Batting Average = .233 (The low gets lower.)
2012 Mariners Batting Average (to date) = .231!!!!
C’mon Batter… We need a Hitter… whatever you wanna call it, these guys freaking stink. I hope Peguero can provide a little spark to the lineup and a little boost to fan interest. If we are gonna suck, lets at least be entertaining. Peguero should be good for a laugh a night as he falls down swinging and missing at one of those tricky curveballs… but he should also crush a HR long enough to talk about for a day or two until he connects again.