Why did we ever think Blake DeWitt could be good?

When the Cubs acquired Blake DeWitt, I think the feelings associated with his arrival were more positive because of the fact that he was, in a way, replacing Ryan Theriot, a right-handed, no-hit second baseman with bad baserunning instincts.

DeWitt had a couple other decent things going for him, too. His glove at third is reportedly pretty good; he won't turn 27 until later this year; and he has an eye that's at least half decent (10%+ walk rate in 2008, for example).

But the power just hasn't been there, and really the age 24-26 seasons is when it's supposed to start coming in. I think at this point Blake is what he is: a bench player, maybe, with perhaps a shred of upside left in the bat, but not much more than that. I was one of the many last year to clamor about giving the young guys their shot at playing time, but in 1,213 career MLB PAs DeWitt has hit .260/.329/.385. That sort of seems like enough to know what his deal is; if not, what skill of his is yet to break out?

So DeWitt is gone, and Adrian Cardenas has arrived. I don't know much about new guy, but what does strike me: he's two years younger than Blake. In theory, that means more room to grow, and a better timetable for a team that doesn't want to win in 2012. Makes sense to me!

Unless you thought Blake DeWitt coulda been a contenda, in which case I invite you to make your case in the comments.

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  • I think the initial thought process was that 1) he was young and by the time he was at the so-called peak (27) he would be so much more than he was, and 2) he was not Ryan Theriot. Addition by subtraction, I say.

    I don't think he really had much of a chance, considering the managerial situation from the time he was acquired until now, in developing. Nobody has really developed, especially considering Castro's one skill is hitting, and he came to Chicago hitting from day one.

    However, I expected more. I wish him well, but don't think he is going to kill us down the road. Just another bad Hendry trade.

  • In reply to Rob Letterly:

    Wouldn't it fairer to say that Hendry targeted the guy based on Maddux's input, so wouldn't that make him a Maddux guy? Isn't it fair to say that, although everyone mourns his departure to Texas, that Maddux really didn't make any kind of impact while he was here in that advisory role? I'm not a Maddux hater, but it seems like there's a disconnect between the love he gets and the value he actually brings.

  • So we agree, the fact that he essentially replaced Theriot boosted his stock in our collective minds. Too bad it didn't work out!

    And a scary point about player development. No one has really managed to learn any new skills, you're right.

  • In reply to ajwalsh08:

    I kind of felt that he was boosted in our minds more because he was a guy that maddux picked off the Dodgers team, rather than the fact that he replaced Theriot. Not sure if that's common to others, though.

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