Outfielder Reggie Abercrombie continues to hit leadoff for the Express, which drives me slightly crazy. I'm not saying the team has better options, but Abercrombie shouldn't be in that lineup spot. In 305 at-bats this season, Abercrombie has struck out a jaw-dropping 95 times while walking 18 times. Projecting those numbers out over the entire season gives him around 178 strikeouts this season. For comparison's sake, the major league record for strikeouts in a season is 208 by Mark Reynolds in 2008. Abercrombie's projected total puts him tied for 23rd with Richie Sexson. Out of the top 25 players on that list, including Rob Deer, Bobby Bonds, Ryan Howard, and Adam Dunn, the only one who comes close to being a leadoff hitter is Jose Hernandez, and that's stretching it a little too. Fact is, Round Rock manager Mark Bombard is supposed to be this great coach, one who's got a shot in the big leagues some day. If I were an owner, I'd ask him right away, "Why are you giving away outs at the top of your order every game??? Is that good baseball sense??" Like I said, it slightly drives me crazy.
- David C.
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