Sunday, April 12, 2009

Good article on Mark Saccomanno

Here's a good article on Mark Saccomanno in the Examiner.

Goff clearly believes Saccomanno is ready:

Despite developing into an All-Star Triple-A standout, the Astros' organization tends to overlook his consistent productivity. Last season, Saccomanno hit .297 with 27 home runs and 84 RBIs in 528 at-bats for Round Rock. He was named to the 2008 Pacific Coast League All-Star team and cracked the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth to lead the PCL to a 6-2 victory over the International League.

His statistics validate his readiness to play in the majors. Saccomanno has simply outgrown Triple-A and wants to take the next step in his career. However, the Astros' organization fails to recognize the 28-year-old Triple-A superstar as a top-notch prospect.

In a normal circumstance, Saccomanno would likely be the starting first or third baseman for the Houston Astros. Instead, he must compete with Berkman and Darin Erstad on the depth chart at first and Geoff Blum and Jeff Keppinger at third.

SS1 is probably his best chance at making the Astros in 2010. In any case, it's a fun retelling of Saccomanno's 1st-pitch HR last September.

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