Monday, August 29, 2011

DeFrancesco pulling for Van Hekken

Good article in The Oklahoman about the possibility of an Andy Van Hekken call-up, which Astros County completely endorses.

OKC manager Tony DeFrancesco:
“Hopefully, he will get a chance in September and help the Astros down the finish line."

Van Hekken - who has the PCL's 2nd-best ERA - understands that Ed Wade can be kind of a douche about call-ups, though:
“There just hasn't been a whole lot of opportunity (at the major league level). I know from the past they don't reward guys, just calling guys up because they've had good years. They want to get guys up there that can help them out (long-term).”

FanGraphs notes that Van Hekken's FIP is 3.26 (not sure when it was last updated), and that he's suffering from a .361 BABIP - so he's probably been better than his mainstream statistics indicate.

Working against Van Hekken is that he's not on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40. It's possible, I suppose, that the Astros could put Del Rosario or Escalona on the 60-Day DL to free up a spot. But it's ridiculous to me to think that the Astros wouldn't reward Van Hekken with a call-up for being one of the very few bright spots at OKC in 2011.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Van Hekken has done well this season but so has Harrell, and Harrell is the more intriguing prospect. If they shut down Norris or one of the other guys Id like to see them both called up.