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Is There Any Hope For Dallas McPherson?
Let's break this down.
Three Reasons Why There Is No Hope
- McPherson has always had a high strikeout rate and was somewhat old for his leagues. His struggles in the majors last year and in Triple-A this year should have been expected.
- McPherson benefited from playing in minor league parks conducive to offense.
- McPherson can't hit breaking balls or changeups.
- He's still 25, not young for a prospect but hardly old.
- Injuries bothered him all last season. Word from Anaheim and Salt Lake is that McPherson is still rusty from the time off and is pressing too hard, trying to hit five-run homers with every at-bat to get back to the majors.
- PECOTA comps include players such as Nick Esasky, Dave Kingman, Jay Buhner, Dean Palmer, Jesse Barfield, Gary Gaetti, and Pete Incaviglia, not superstars but all of them hit enough to be useful if deployed properly. PECOTA also includes Shane Andrews and Wes Chamberlain, but the other names were successful players.
So the bottom line is that, yes, there is hope.