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Canzler to Tribe

Postby muddie » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:42 pm

This is huge in my opinion!

Cleveland acquired versatile Russ Canzler, the top player in the International League last season, on Tuesday from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.

Canzler, 25, played rightfield, leftfield, third base and first base last season for Triple-A Durham, where he batted .314 with 18 home runs and 83 RBIs in 131 games for the Bulls. Canzler made his major league debut for the Rays on Sept. 11 and had one hit in three games.

If I recall correctly, he was the MVP in the International League last year.
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Re: Canzler to Tribe

Postby ClevelandBlues » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:59 pm

Considering we also gave up nothing for him, this is an excellent pickup. It should be interesting to see who ends up at first on opening day.
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Re: Canzler to Tribe

Postby TonyIBI » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:10 pm

Good cheap, depth pickup. He is defensively challenged though, so will have a hard time sticking. That's why he was acquired for nothing. Still, it's a dart to throw at the dartboard and see where it sticks.
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Re: Canzler to Tribe

Postby Prosecutor » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:42 pm

Thought I'd compare Canzler's BA and OPS to some other familiar names who also played in the International League last year:

Russ Canzler (age 25) .314/.930 (549 ABs)
Trevor Plouffe (age 25) .313/1.019 (220 ABs)
Cord Phelps (age 24) .294/.868 (434 ABs)
Luis Valbuena (age 25) .302/.848 (472 ABs)
Jason Kipnis (age 24) .280/.846 (400 ABs)
Jason Donald (age 26) .310/.845 (201 ABs)
Lonnie Chisenhall (age 22) .267/.784 (292 ABs)
Zeke Carrera (age 24) .287/.719 (377 ABs)

Plouffe is probably the best comparison since their numbers are similar. Plouffe was promoted to the Twins where he hit .238/.697 in 320 at-bats.

You can view the glass half-full and say Canzler was a better hitter last year than Phelps, Kipnis, Chisenhall, and Donald hitting against the same pitching, or you can view it as half-empty and say he wasn't quite as good as Trevor Plouffe, who hit .238/.697 in over a half-season with the Twins.

Personally I'm just fine with Shelly Duncan and Jason Donald as the 4th and 5th outfielders. With Donald being able to fill in at 2B and SS, and Duncan being able to play 1st, it gives Manny tremendous flexibility.
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