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Minor Matters: Alex Liddi Starting to Hit

August 28, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Alex Liddi is ready for another shot with the Seattle Mariners.
Alex Liddi is a candidate for a September promotion.

After his promising debut last year in which he hit three homers and three doubles in just 15 games, Alex Liddi was a major disappointment in Seattle this year. His lack of productivity and substandard power caused the Mariners to farm him out in early June.

So how has the recently turned 24-year-old Italian fared at Triple-A?

Well, he hit like he wanted back up as soon as he arrived, batting .276 in 15 games in June with six runs, five doubles, a couple of homers and five RBI. But then Liddi went into the tank, going just 21-for-104 in July with no pop (.311 SLG).

Thankfully, he’s bounced back in a big way in August – especially in the past week or so. After going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run homer Monday, Liddi has now hit safely in five straight games – the last four of which are all multi-hit efforts. He’s homered in back-to-back games.

His big August has helped salvage a Triple-A season that really isn’t that impressive. His .260 BA is respectable, but you’d expect more after he spent time in Seattle the past two years. The decrease in extra-base pop really stuck out, but Liddi seems to be whacking the ball with more authority lately.

Expect to see him return to Em City in September, but it’s unclear how much PT Liddi will get with Kyle Seager hitting well and the Mariners playing well enough lately to work their way into the fringe of the wild card discussion.

Farm Seedlings

  • Talk about a breakout year. Adam Eaton is someone we profiled leading up to the 2010 draft as a player that could go as high as the fourth round but wound up lasting until the 19th round when Arizona plucked him. We think they got a bargain. The centrefielder leads the PCL in hits despite the fact that he began the season at Double-A and has missed the past few days after landing on the DL. The dude has 181 hits including 56 extra-base hits (44 doubles, five triples, seven homers) in 116 games. Woah. Oh, he’s also closing in on 40 steals. Eaton has moved through the minors incredibly fast and now the 23-year-old is on the precipice of the bigs. Expect him to get a look in Arizona this September, health permitting.
  • Another hot PCL player, Jimmy Paredes, was finally rewarded for his fine work when he was recalled to the Astros on Monday. We expected Paredes to be a top 40 third baseman this year, but he struggled badly in Spring Training and didn’t make the team, toiling all year at Triple-A. He racked up serious numbers on the basepaths and given that Houston is expected to give him major PT, Paredes looks like a nice waiver wire option for those in need of speed.
  • Another player we expected to be a factor this year but has spent the entire season at Triple-A is Julio Borbon, who more or less got passed by Leonys Martin on the organizational depth chart in Texas. We expected Borbon to be the 111th-best outfielder, but he hasn’t spent a day in the Show this year after being a full-time player just two years ago. While he’s not dominating at Triple-A, he’s certainly done enough (.301 BA, 74 runs and 151 hits in 119 games with 10 homers and 19 steals) to be ready for another look in September. Borbon is just 26, so he might still have a big league future, but it will likely have to be with a different organization than the deep Rangers.

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