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Oops…Sorry, Brian…

In my last post, I explored the organization’s options at third base (in case the club needed to DL Glaus for more than a while). Unfortunately, in my haste to get the post up well before the game and thus allow time for discussion, I overlooked a valuable infielder at the AAA level. My thanks to Travis for pointing out my oversight. Because Cards ‘N Stuff will always do our best to point out and correct our own mistakes, here is Brian Barden’s snap shot at third:

AAA Brian Barden (.322 AVG, .454 SLG, .400 OBP – 3 HRs) – Wow. I should be banned from the fan blogosphere for leaving this kid out this weekend. But, in my defense, I purposefully excluded him because the organization has him listed/playing shortstop in Memphis. His offensive numbers speak for themselves (and an .854 OPS!), but can he play the Hot Corner after high error numbers at short and a long absence from his natural position? I think in a possible Glaus DL situation, the club will want to call up a current and natural third baseman OR someone who is just demanding to be called up (like Joey Bombs). Unfortunately for Barden, he doesn’t fit either of those categories. Yes, his numbers are impressive, but Mather’s are even more impressive. Yes, he can play third, but he’s not our best third baseman. All-in-all, he’s that guy that falls in between the best defensive and the best offensive options without being either one. Still, he could be a good way to get both in one package…and at 27, he’s no Spring chicken…

Thanks again, Travis!



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