In case you haven’t been following Team USA’s exploits in the 2007 IBAF World Cup – and I know you haven’t, I had to look it up just now – there’s been some interesting results from two erstwhile Dodgers prospects – Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young.
Take today’s (Saturday’s) game, for example. LaRoche and Young, batting 3rd and 4th – despite the presence of future star Eva(n) Longora of the Rays – almost singlehandedly got USA on the board. LaRoche walks in the first inning, with a man already one, and Delwyn – looking dapper in his USA hat, at right – crushes a ball out of the park for a 3-0 lead.
The reason I bring up Team USA games in whatever god-forsaken tournament they’re is not because of some sense of nationalistic pride. Honestly, I didn’t even know we had a Team USA outside of the Olympics. In what is admittedly a small sample size, our boys LaRoche and Young are both killing the ball.
LaRoche: .333/.368/.556 1 hr, 4 rbi, 1 2b
Young: .524/.524/.810 1 hr, 4 rbi, 3 2b
I don’t want to sound as though I’m completely against trying to acquire A-Rod or Cabrera, because for the right price they’d be sound additions to any lineup. But if the concern over LaRoche was his back, he sure seems like it’s not bothering him. And if the whole point of trying to get A-Rod or Cabrera is to add power.. well, here we have two guys who have done nothing but destroy the minor leagues, didn’t embarrass themselves in short stints in the bigs, and are now feasting on international competition. And would you look at that, LaRoche is even a third baseman. Again, A-Rod and Cabrera are sublime talents.. but for the unbelievable cost in prospects, money, or both it’d take to acquire one of them.. it’s not like we aren’t seeing some pretty good in-house power options here, who’ve done nothing but hit.
Just sayin’, is all.