Oakland Athletics Sign 'Custy' 3B, McPherson, to Minor League Deal.
McPherson, as a hitter, is a lot like Jack Cust . He's like Jack Cust, but more like Jack Cust than Jack Cust, if you understand what I mean.
I'm including the minor league numbers because there's not a great sample size of McPherson's major league play.
|Strike Out %||27%||26%||32%||32%|
|% of Hits that are Home Runs||22%||19%||20%||24%|
|On Base Percentage||38%||43%||30%||38%|
|Number of At-Bats per Home Run||17||24||22||21|
McPherson, like Cust, is a home run hitting strikeout machine. He'd be likely to hit for a slightly higher average than Cust (IF healthy) and might hit even more home runs, but he'd walk about half as often.
Also, McPherson, like Cust, is a bit of a defensive liability.
McPherson's Minor League fielding percentage at 3B 0.915 (477 games)
McPherson's Major League fielding percentage at 3B 0.955 (107 games)
So, basically, if Jack Cust were spry enough to perpetrate himself as a 3rd baseman, but didn't like to walk, the player you'd get would be a lot like Dallas McPherson. He's like Cust's impatient little brother: a serious feast or famine power hitter who belts tons of home runs, strikes out roughly a third of the time, and has some pretty hard hands on defense .
There's a lot of upside if McPherson breaks camp healthy and puts up the numbers that his minor league career suggests he's capable of.
On the downside, which I consider much more likely, he could break camp healthy, but sluggish on account of his year long hiatus, and then get hurt again before he gets back to form. In that case, this signing would be a distraction from actually nailing down a real solution for 3rd base.
This reminds me of someone... Oh yeah... Chavez.
Now we're going to have two 3rd basemen in spring training who've got a high upside but serious questions about their ability to hold down the position for 162.
I'd much rather get some mediocre veteran with a clean bill of health who we could actually depend on to do an average job for the whole season, while we wait for Wallace, rather than stuffing the roster with question-marks.
That reminds me of someone too. Oh yeah... Kennedy.
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