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AMP Mailbag: Promos and Buh Byes

Subber10 digs out a pair of minor league questions....the last one might surprise you...

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

AMP is back, ALRIGHT!

We have two questions today and both came from the live podcast thread.

Exile in St. Louis

which member of the 2009 class gets released first: Meyer or Nash? Everybody would have picked Nash in April, but what a difference four months make.

I don't really like talking about this kind of thing as it discusses poorly paid players losing their jobs and their dreams of being a major league baseball player. So, I'm going to tiptoe around it a bit and discuss each of their values.

Telvin Nash: Nash is doing a lot of what he's done in the past. When he's healthy he's hitting home runs and hitting for a low average. I will say this, his average didn't drop as much as I expected going from Lancaster to Corpus Christi, .246 to .228.  However, his poor strikeout rate went north from 34.6% to 37.7%.

The power is real though. It is REAL! Power like his is hard to come by. Very hard. You don't give up on it until you just cannot find a way to get it at-bats. The window is closing.

My biggest concern on the season for him, and the reason I will not say his value has gone up, is that his walk rate has dropped. It's gone down 5% and that is a big concern for me.

Jonathan Meyer: After producing a season last year that gave way to some hope, Meyer has had an atrocious season. Sub .600 OPS won't help the defensive wizard make much of a case. However, his strikeout rate is lower and his walk rate is about the same. The difference is a plummeting batting average and a huge decline in power.

The culprit is an increasing ground ball rate. He had a 50% GB% in Oklahoma City and now has 42% GB% in CC. That doesn't work for a hitter who lacks has average speed. It has done significant damage to his BABIP and thus a terrible batting average.

For that, his value has dropped. Maybe a trip to MMP for some work John Mallee? Or would MMP get burned to the ground for that?


Destroying Low A. Can he get the call up to Lancaster already?