Fangraphs Address David Ortiz

Evan BrunellFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out swinging with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning as catcher Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout on May 14, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Not that we couldn't have done this ourselves, but it is interesting to hear another take on a player that we watch every day.  And Fangraphs weighs in on Ortiz. 

Stay confident, although skeptical that Ortiz can regain any resemblance of his past form.  Although Kevin Slowey is a finesse righty, Ortiz did hit two balls fairly well to straight away center last night. 

Ortiz still has trouble catching up with the fastball though; that is evident in watching him swing the bat.  90 MPH fastballs seem to blow right by him at times.  And there is no doubt that he is pressing, mentally. 

But I wouldn't give up on him quite yet.  And dropping him in the order was definitely the right thing to do, and should have been done a few weeks ago.