Ryan Ludwick deserves another shot in the majors.
In today’s Fantasy notes, we check in on Ryan Ludwick and Chris Truby.
- Should the Tigers require a power bat from the minors (doubtful given their propensity for going yard this season), they may look at one-time top A’s prospect Ryan Ludwick, who’s enjoying a solid season at Triple-A Toledo. The outfielder, who turns 28 on Thursday, was never quite able to stick in the majors, making brief appearances every season since 2002. All told, he’s appeared in 104 major league games, going 79-for-334 with 14 homers, 44 RBI and four steals. It’s that .299 OBP that hurts and his .416 SLG does not speak well to his power. This season, Ludwick has already produced 19 doubles and 16 homers in 89 games and 330 at-bats for Toledo. He’s racked up 51 runs and 85 hits with an 810 OPS, but is dogged by a horrible K/BB ratio. In fact, the Florida native has already topped 100 Ks. Still, considering he hit just .191 at Triple-A Buffalo last year, at least Ludwick is showing something in the minors this year, perhaps enough to earn another call at some point.
- Aging minor leaguers is the topic today and it looks like you can just about stick a fork in the career of Chris Truby. The 32-year-old journeyman, once a mid-level prospect in the Astros’ system, has been in seven different organizations in the five years since leaving Houston. Signed to a minor league deal by the Dodgers in December, he didn’t do enough (.320 OBP) to win a job during Spring Training and Truby managed just a .215 BA in 130 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas before catching on with the Pirates’ Triple-A squad in Indianapolis. He’s fared only slighty better with the Indians, batting .229 through 26 games and 96 at-bats. The third baseman’s Triple-A numbers have been regressing for a couple of seasons now, and that’s going to spell the end shortly. In four seasons in the majors, he hit .231 but with just a .269 OBP, last appearing in the Show in 2003 with the D-Rays. Truby has hit a rather impressive 176 home runs in his 14 minor league seasons, making him somewhat of a Crash Davis figure.