After Sundays game, 65 AB for the season, Wigginton is hitting .215, with a .288 OBP and a .308 SLG. Terrible numbers, across the board.
Even accounting for his injury and projecting out his numbers to a 550 AB season, he'd hit 8.5 HR and have 34 RBI. At a "power" corner position in a right-handed hitter's dream home park.
I understand the "be patient with the rookies" approach to Bourn and Towles, though I think even that can be carried to an extreme.
But I think the biggest "how long do we carry him?" roster question at the moment (on offense at least) is Wigginton. This guy's no rookie. No one expected him to be a superstar. 25 HR (with the short porch at MMP), 80 RBI would be fine.
He's not even close. And he's below average (to be charitable about it) on defense.
How long should this guy get as a regular in the lineup? 100 AB? Half-a-season?
Neither Blum or Loretta is an adequate replacement as a fulltime starter, at their ages. Their offensive numbers aren't much better, though Blum's probably a slight upgrade on defense. The 3B in RR is Mark Saccomanno, a journeyman who's no great shakes defensively, either. Chris Johnson is doing pretty well at AA, but I doubt he's major league ready.
So there's no obvious substitute available, but I'm sure getting tired of watching Wiggington do nothing. Anyone else feel the same?
Wigginton was Purpura's last acquisition. For Dan Wheeler. Sigh.