(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
It was a nationally televised game on ESPN Wednesday night, which gave me my first look at the newest rookie call up in 2013, Zoilo Almonte. Almonte’s made quite the splash in his first few Major League games, contributing with his bat and glove and relegating Vernon Wells to the situational bench role he deserves. I did this exercise last month with David Adams and Austin Romine, and my optimistic predictions for both of them haven’t exactly come true since. But with the Yankees still struggling for offense, still trying to piece together a competent and competitive lineup every day, and still looking for some cheap young talent to fill the roster next season, it makes sense to evaluate Zoilo as a solution to all 3 of those needs. While it wasn’t a banner night for him on Wednesday (0-3, 2 K, 1 BB), there was still some good stuff that I saw in his game.
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