This old Colvin watcher picked a good night to take in a Nats game.
If you watch Colvin nowadays, you get an answer to the question, what could he do if he had an approach?
It looks like somebody with his new team advised him to stop “protecting the plate,” or whatever euphemism you like for hacking whenever you have two strikes. In his second at-bat yesterday, he ran the count to full by taking a 2-2 fastball just off the outside corner, a pitch that Strasburg wanted. Strasburg doesn’t like walking people, so after two fouls Colvin got a 3-2 pitch he could hit into the seats.
It’s not in the highlights, but Colvin also hit one to the wall in right in the 8th inning.
This is all on the old regime, in my opinion. Colvin was promoted to the majors after barely peeking at .300 in double A, and then raking in spring training. Epstein-Hoyer-McLeod have a couple of rules that are relevant here: you don’t skip AAA, and you don’t make the team out of spring training. In other words, you had to have earned it the season before, like LaHair, who had a poor spring.
When the new bosses came in, Colvin was a .150 hitter who had no way of earning a spot on the team, with no options left.
Why couldn’t somebody have taught Colvin an approach with the Cubs? I notice that Jaramillo and Von Joshua are both gone.
Speaking of approach, Josh Vitters had two more walks last night, giving him 23 this season, the highest total of his career.