We're all kicking around this whole shortstop thing - sign Uribe, trade for Bartlett, trade for Scutaro, sell the farm for Nishioka, hope that Crawford develops. And it occurred to me that it has been basically a fuckzillion years since I thought about Ryan Rohlinger. His name has only come up a couple times in the shortstop discussion - what's the story?
What I know: he had a very brief showing in the majors this year, obviously too small a sample size to tell anything; he made all of one play at shortshop and collected 3 hits in 18 PAs. Looking at his AAA numbers, he hit well in 2010, to the tune of an .869 OPS with 23 doubles and 8 HRs in 325 PAs. Not exactly tearing things up, but certainly better than Crawford. It was, however, his best year in the minors, and fueled by a .367 BABIP. But I'm wondering if, combined with capable defense, he has a shot at being a capable major league bat next year.
Of course, I can't find anything about his defense in the minors this year. Was he even playing short? I don't recall who else in Fresno would have been. Anyway, any commentary on that would be much appreciated; at 27 and coming off his best year in the minors, this is probably Rohlinger's real shot at the majors. What am I missing out on that's kept his name out of consideration?