Now You Know Who Jeremy Hazelbaker Is

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This is not Jeremy Hazelbaker. Or maybe it is. You have no idea.

Writing a team blog is fun. You get to argue about the manager, complain about bullpen usage, monitor your favorite minor leaguers, and rosterbate about the upcoming season. But sometimes, hours before the first game of the World Series, a trade is made that’s so minor that you wonder, “does anyone even care? Do I even care? Does the player involved even care?”

With that as a backdrop, for the sake of utter, painful, completion-ism: Alex Castellanos, DFA’d last week when Mike Baxter was claimed off of waivers, was traded today to Boston for outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, who I’m still not sure is a real person.

If he is, he turns 27 in August and went unclaimed in the Rule V draft last year, after being ranked as SoxProspects.com’s #23 prospect. Their report from before this year:

Outfielder with a filled-out athletic frame and plus speed. Hazelbaker had a breakout year at Ball State in 2009, showing an excellent ability to make contact. Turns on the ball well, drops the head of the bat on the ball nicely and creates good lift. Swing can be on the long side. Struggles with fastballs on the inner third. Solid-average power potential. Hit tools plays down due to poor recognition of secondary pitches. Has a lot of trouble with breaking balls and struggles against left-handed pitching. Hazelbaker gets out of the box well and has excellent instincts on the base paths. Improving with his reads and jumps. Potential impact runner on the bases. Defensively, Hazelbaker has above-average range, but tends to freeze on contact and takes poor routes to the ball. Does not see the ball well off the bat. Fringe-average arm strength. Speed to play center field, but profiles as a left fielder. Ceiling of a decent fourth outfielder, but may end up as an up-and-down player due to pitch recognition.

He then went out and hit .257/.313/.374 for Pawtucket, while striking out a ton — 27.3%, in the minors! — and for all intents and purposes is a one-tool player, especially if he can’t play center. You know, like Dee Gordon, except this guy at least has 60 homers in four-plus minor league seasons. He’s not going to be added to the 40-man roster, and he’ll most likely be 2014′s Matt Angle, taking up space in left field next to Joc Pederson in center for the Isotopes.

So if he’s a good interview to at least make Chris Jackson’s life easier, then good enough for me. Otherwise, this is a thing that happened and no more, and now you know about it, and for that I apologize.

1006 comments
KMT59
KMT59

after looking at the Beltran replay it doesn't really look like much...Hanley's flip looked much worse

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Just got here. Lol cards. Sucks for Beltran. Welcome back VND. Is Acta in LA yet?

BIah
BIah

had a TV studio project in class today simulating the process of being a newscaster.  One girl miffed a word, instead of saying a guy got arrested, she said he got erected

it the context of my school it was the funniest thing ever

FJ is hibernating
FJ is hibernating

Is this the longest game in the history of games or do I really just not care very much?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

im so excited about Uribe post i must leave now and begin writing

Noel D
Noel D

I like Mounds because I prefer dark chocolate.  And I like almonds but Almond Joy has milk chocolate.  So I bought one of each.  Now I feel manipulated

Coffee Head
Coffee Head

Let me guess, St. Louis will bitch all day about Beltran's game 1 injury and the media will make their bed for them, but Dodgers lose effectively Hanley in his 1st Ab and play without Matt Kemp and with a hurt Ethier and the media story line is "just deserts for the fat cats with bloated payroll."

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Just wrote Dee's season in review. heh.

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah I hope you were the only one that laughed

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Lobo  There's gonna be a hidden ball trick, isn't there.

BIah
BIah

So you are and aren't feeling like a nut?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

May I write Uribe's? It will be full of poetry and beauty

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Prepare for a nearly insufferable comment from a man with a banana avatar.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello Is it all screencaps of DK's comments with the Kershaw NO gif underneath?

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Oh but how cool would it be watching dodger baseball in 2114

BIah
BIah

@Lobo had to be silent, so I stifled my laughter, the best part was looking around the room and seeing everyone doing the same thing

BIah
BIah

probably not that many.  The writing process was pretty fast

BIah
BIah

@Lobo acted as if nothing happened

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

life is life and you get through it until you dont

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i will send you something soon

BIah
BIah

it must happen now.