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Jerry_Manuel
07-26-2001, 02:53 PM
From the Sporting News:
A .297 average is nothing to get excited about, unless you're playing in the Southern League. That's where infielder Tim Hummel is currently stationed, and he is definitely on the team's fast track. At .297, Hummel, a 6-2, 195-pound shortstop/second baseman, ranks seventh in the SL.

Selected in the second round of the 2000 draft out of Old Dominion, Hummel batted .326 while splitting time between Class A Burlington and Winston-Salem last year. In three seasons at ODU, he hit .388. Hummel has a big frame and some power potential, but he is more of a gap hitter. In 370 at-bats with Birmingham, Hummel had 21 doubles and five home runs.

At age 22, Hummel is still adapting to professional baseball. He'll probably spend the 2002 season at Class AAA Charlotte, but Hummel is being groomed to eventually replace second baseman Ray Durham.

Joel Perez
07-26-2001, 05:07 PM
...or, to take over the SS position.

CerberusWG
07-26-2001, 05:16 PM
What about Liu Rodriguez?

Jjav829
07-26-2001, 05:18 PM
I think Hummel has been having problems defensively and they are planning to make him a full time 2B.

Joel Perez
07-26-2001, 05:19 PM
Liu (at 24 yrs old) is a marginal prospect compared to Tim Hummel. Tim has more pop in his bat.

I don't know, however, about Liu's nor Tim's defensive capabilities......

beausox
07-26-2001, 06:11 PM
This organization does very well in drafts. If we could do a little bit better in trades, we'd be a lot better team. Hummell was a great pick and can mash. Rodriguez is one of the best pivot men in the minors. I remember when he was up here, playing either SS or 2B, I've never seen someone turn a DP like he does.