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Gameday Thread 4/12 Astros vs. Angels - Lucho!

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Yeah I don't know why Trout isn't leading off.


Hey, anytime you can take the team's best leadoff hitter, who's coming off a season with a .399 OBP out of that leadoff spot and replace him with a mix of: a speedy guy with a career .320 OBP, a speedy guy with a career .302 OBP(and .327 mark in his best major league season, as well a .347 mark in the minors), and a slow guy with a career .336 OBP, that's apparently a move you have to make.

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Agreed. Pretty surprised to see these changes. Isn't Jimenez know as a hacker? 


He's really worked on his plate approach at the plate, so far it's showing. 3 walks, 4 whiffs over 8 games in AAA. 


Here's his prospect profile. 



5. Luis Jimenez - 3B
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” 217 lbs. DOB: 1/18/88 

Salt Lake Bees: .309/.334/.495 with 16 HRs and 17 SBs

Luis "Lucho" Jimenez continued his solid minor league campaign with a fine 2012 showing in Triple-A. Jimenez posting a .309/.334/.495 slash line to go along with 16 home runs, 38 doubles and 85 runs batted in just 122 games. In six seasons of minor league action, Jimenez boasts a .302/.338/.518 slash line.
Jimenez has a quick, smoke stroke at the plate and stays back and drives breaking balls well. Some scouts wonder if Jimenez's power will play out in the big leagues since he's such a free swinger, but his plate coverage bodes well in RBI situations, as he's been clutch over the years with men on base with quite a few late inning heroics. Jimenez has 390 RBI's in 529 minor league games. While Jimenez has posted solid minor league numbers, his plate discipline is a concern, as he's walked just 98 times over six minor league seasons. Jimenez is average defensively, makes all the routine plays and possesses a strong arm, but he's heavy footed which hurts his range. Lucho has below average speed but he's reads pitchers well, giving him the ability to steal 15-20 bases a season.
If Jimenez turns heads in Tempe he could challenge Alberto Callaspo for the starting third base job and serve as a major league bridge to Kaleb Cowart's arrival down the road.

Our interview with Luis Jimenez

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I really like this lineup. With Aybar back and hitting 9th, I'd be happy if this was the lineup all the time.


I also think they could switch Trout and Bourjos and be fine. Bourjos has the best average on the team besides Conger. 

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