Tagged: Brandon Wood

Morton, McDonald, ‘Pen Look Sharp. Bowker DFA’ed.

Charlie Morton looked great Tuesday night and deserved the win, but it didn’t go that way.

Evan Meek laid some spotty work, still battling an illness. Some errant throws from Joel Hanrahan and Lyle Overbay cost us the run that did us in, though I doubt Overbay could have nailed the speedy Darren Ford as he flew into home, but I digress.

Chris Resop
and the rest of the ‘pen are looking fantastic as our projected weakness is proving to be a strength lately.

James McDonald looked sharp getting the win Wednesday night after hurling 6 scoreless. Good to see.

Brandon Wood looks to be transitioning well here, and Ronny Cedeno’s lack of hustle isn’t helping his own cause at all. Wood has a great shot at becoming our man at short.

The big story however is the acquisition of Xavier Paul, a speedy, light hitting, outfielder from the Dodgers organization.

With this pick up many figured Huntington would option Steve Pearce to AAA Indy since he still has an option left but that doesn’t appear to be the case as of Wednesday night according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Dunlap tweeted and later posted an article stating that John Bowker was alerted he is being designated for assignment. Bowker told management he wishes to seek an oppurtunity elsewhere even if he passes through the waiver wire.

Many fans are questioning this move as Bowker has more experience and hits for more power, but we have way too many bats like this in the organization. Bowker, Jeff Clement, Andrew Lambo, Garrett Jones just naming a few, the latter two being more established and starting material but still similar.

When the stats are compared Paul projects to have some more potential moving forward and presents Clint Hurdle a chance to sit Andrew McCutchen without moving Jose Tabata over to centerfield as Paul can play all three outfield positions with ease and pretty solid defense. Paul also adds some speed off the bench.

In comparison the stats speak for themselves. Paul and Bowker project to be very similar, if not the same at the Major League level with Paul being younger, striking out more, and stealing more bags.

As for keeping Pearce? The guy has more heart than anyone on the team. He plays hard, can field multiple positions, and hasn’t given management a reason to doubt him yet this season. Plus his overall stats are significantly better than both Paul and Bowker.

Have a look for yourself:

Career Statistics

Player Name

Stat Type Bavg  Obp Slg  OPS G AB R H 2B  3B  HR  RBI  SB  CS  BB  SO
John Bowker

 MLB .237 .288 .393 681 209 544 54 129 24 5 17 71 2 2 37 125
Xavier Paul

 MLB .230 .281 .333 614 55 135 19 31 9 1 1 12 3 2 10 28
John Bowker

Minor .303 .370 .501 871  618  2369  384  717  154 24 89 388 27 25  239  491
Xavier Paul

Minor .290 .359 .448 807 723 2696 438 783 158 28 70 381 93 52 279 651
Steve Pearce

Minor .292 .367 .519 886 554 2042 336 597 166 10 92 394 44 27 222 359
John Bowker

College .323 .372 .514 886 113 381 58 123 21 5 14 74 4 3 30 76
Steve Pearce

College .348 .423 .674 1097 127 491 110 171 34 0 42 133 6 2 53 64