I do know, I do know. I’m speculated to be writing about Kyle Schwarber this week. Significantly, we’re doing 2021 Hitter Profiles and I ought to be writing concerning the hottest hitter on the planet. Not counting Friday night time the place he hit one other bomb (watch the video, it was a missile), throughout the final 14 days the previous Cubbie has as many dwelling runs (12) because the #2 and #3 lengthy ball leaders throughout the identical time span. That’s like going double Vladdy Jr. So clearly all people and their mom are writing up Schwarber and I don’t wish to dedicate extra to the topic than has already been mentioned. I’ll put it merely; he’s on a heater and no one is aware of when it can cease. He in some way has a .217 BABIP throughout this time which could clarify why he solely has 5 different hits. This too shall go however for now, take pleasure in take pleasure in take pleasure in! Now that we’ve cleared the digital air, it’s time to toe the road in The Itch’s territory and speak about a participant we have to be looking forward to the High 100 Hitters for the remainder of the season…Vidal Brujan.
Vidal Brujan’s calling card is his 70-grade pace. He’s extra Scott Podsednik than Billy Hamilton, however that’s like evaluating a Ferrari to a McLaren. Each are extremely quick when the remainder of the league is operating out a Pinto (or Nick Punto on this analogy). On the finish of the day, he’ll stuff the stat sheet with steals as proven by his 60+ steals during the last two minor league seasons or 140ish video games. What is de facto intriguing is how he backs up that pace with actually sturdy plate self-discipline. Vidal has by no means struck out greater than 15% of the time within the minors and holds a good stroll charge. If the story ended right here it might be thrilling, however the rising energy profile makes it downright tantalizing. Thus far in 2021, we’ve already witnessed 9 bombs in 40 video games exhibiting us a extra full hitter than previous seasons.
Upon promotion to the main leagues, Vidal Brujan would discover himself in a robust lineup on a workforce that’s already within the high three for steals on the season. Pace is among the quickest skills to translate to the majors so actually the query will probably be about lineup placement and getting on base. I might like to see Vidal main off and imagine he’ll long-term. Nevertheless, upon a call-up in 2021, I anticipate he might want to earn his stripes within the backside third of the order. For a full season projection, I might be handing Mr. Brujan a line of 94/12/56/.278/46. There’s nothing extra Scott Podsednik than that!
With Tampa Bat main the AL East, they need to discipline the perfect workforce attainable and there’s no higher proof than the call-up of Wander Franco. The issue for Vidal is that there isn’t any clear spot for him to suit as we sit right here at this time. Subsequently, it’s no shock that he has performed all three outfield positions and shortstop at AAA this season. Brujan’s greatest likelihood to interrupt in will probably be a versatile strategy like former Ray star Ben Zobrist himself. My greatest guess is a late July timeline giving him about one-third of the season to make an impression. With a strong strategy and a excessive ground to get on base, he will probably be instantly within the High 100 Hitters for the remainder of the season when the decision comes.