Thursday, April 17, 2008

Is Mike Jacobs the New Chris Shelton?

Contributor Mike cautioned us to be wary of Mike Jacobs' hot start. I levied against him, but now he has some support.

According to Jayson Stark's Rumblings, Mike Jacobs is "not for real." Here's the blurb:

Like that team he plays for, Jacobs is mashing right now, much the way he did after the Mets called him up in 2005. But his big uppercut swing and lack of selectivity scare people, no matter how much raw power he has. (And he'll need it all, playing in that canyon in Miami.)

"Not real," said one scout. "He's swinging from his butt, and right now he's hitting it. But it won't last. He's this year's Chris Shelton."

Ouch! In addition to trashing Mike Jacobs, Stark also reported some concerning news about ex-Marlin Dontrelle Willis:

A baseball man who is tight with members of the Tigers' brass said that, in a way, they were almost relieved when Dontrelle Willis headed for the disabled list last weekend. Dontrelle's wildness was getting so out of hand, he was bordering on being pronounced as having contracted The Thing.

"So now they can send him out on a rehab start and see where this thing is at," the same baseball man said. "Now they can let him figure out his control issues in the minor leagues instead of in the big leagues. And if he's still wild, they can attribute it to the knee. But this [lack of control] has been there for a while. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but I think this is going to turn out to be a bad signing. And that's very unusual for that group."

Future Fish has been arguing that the Marlins unloaded Willis at the right time, and all the evidence is backing him up.

1 comment:

Jay Warman said...

I hope not. Didn't Shelton end up in the minors and miss the Tigres' World Series run? No way that's gonna happen to Jake. He won't keep up this pace, but he aint no Shelton.