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29 Jul

You know…

ESPN.com: Marcus Giles

The thing about Marcus is that he’s actually capable of better… And I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it for the remainder of the year. He’s putting up a .311/.380/.507 season, which is awfully good. Among second basemen, only Jose Vidro has been better.

But when Marcus gets comfortable, he might take a jump. Remember, he walked a lot in the minors, and hasn’t really shown that in the majors. And he’s hit a lot of doubles but relatively few home runs; he’s just missed a lot of the time. Turn ten outs into walks and five doubles into homers. Now he’s hitting .320/.396/.550, an OPS near .950. And frankly, that walk rate is still lower than his minor league rates were. Remember, Marcus is still pretty inexperienced at the major league level. He came into this season with only 457 career ML at-bats. On a per-game rate, he’s still early in his second season.

3 Responses to “You know…”

  1. 1
    Creg Says:

    Marcus currently has 35 doubles, and is on pace for 54, which is Edgar Martinez/Craig Biggio territory. Since the Braves moved to Atlanta, only Chipper Jones (41 twice) has hit more than 40.

    The franchise record is 51, set by Hugh Duffy in 1894! The “modern” Braves mark is Hank Aaron’s 46 for Milwaukee in 1959.

    Can you imagine breaking a record that’s more than 100 years old? Wonder when was the last time that happened in baseball…

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    Dreamscape Says:

    I’m not really sure you can compare Giles’s minor league numbers, especially in the walks department. He played a lot in some really bad lineups (hence why very few of his minor league offensive teammates have found a consistent major league locker) and may have gotten pitched around more. I do think he will walk more, but maybe not to the tune of his minor league numbers.

    Power’s funny, too. After 37 HR in Macon (homering once in every 14 AB) in 1998, he was down to 13 in Myrtle Beach, but that’s more of a stadium issue. Now, in 2000, he only hit 17 HR in Greenville (homering once in every 27 AB).

    After his first two seasons (OBP’s well over .400), the rest of his minor league OBP was in the .385 department which is about right for now.

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    bunyon Says:

    Prophetic, Mac.

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