Saturday, June 11, 2011

Look Out For Anthony Rizzo

UPDATE (6/11): Rizzo was an extra base machine in AAA and so far in his first 3 games in the bigs he has continued his extra base hitting.  After a 2-4 night with a double and home run, Rizzo is now hitting .429 (3-7), with a double, triple and home run, with 4 walks and a hit by pitch to give him a .667 on base.  It's going to be an easy transition from Adrian Gonzalez to Anthony Rizzo for Padre fans as Rizzo is almost a replica of Gonzalez.  And yes, I'm making a bold statement!



UPDATE (6/9): Rizzo had a nice debut in a Padres 7-3 win over the Nationals.  He went 1-2 with a run scored, a triple, 2 walks and also struck out once.

Rizzo struck out looking his first career at bat, tripled to lead off the 5th for his first career hit and scored on a Chris Denorfia infield single.  Rizzo walked in the 6th and 7th inning to finish off his debut.


UPADTE (6/8):  Rizzo will be promoted for Thursday's game and he will be playing 1st base.  So go get this kid before somebody else does!




UPDATE (6/6): According to NBC Sports there is a good chance Anthony Rizzo will be called up on Wednesday.  With Brad Hawpe playing right field tonight it sure does look like they are making room for Rizzo.


With the Padres in desperate need of some offense and power, Anthony Rizzo might be on his way up to the big leagues in the upcoming weeks.  With Brade Hawpe only hitting .238 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI, it's really hurting the Padres as 1st base is supposed to provide power and productivity.

Rizzo who is just 21 years old is absolutely destroying AAA pitching, hitting .377 with 19 doubles, 16 home runs and 62 RBI in just 50 games (191 at-bats).  Rizzo is a lefty bat at 6'3 220lbs, he's very similar to the man that used to provide all the offense for the Padres, Adrian Gonzalez.

First basemen are not as strong as they have been in years past, but this kid is a must have when he gets the call up.  He won't have much protection in the Padres lineup but it's clear he can hit and won't struggle in the bigs.  This is a very similiar situation with Eric Hosmer from the Kansas City Royals, as he was tearing up AAA pitching and has been up in the big leagues for 26 games and is hitting .300 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI already.

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