Hello Redbird fans. This will be my first post...if I manage to get it posted, that is. I'm what is often categorized as technologically challenged. But I have to give it a shot. It might actually work.
I've read lots and lots of very detailed commentary on the bleak future of the Cardinals
' chances of success with Pete Kozma
playing shortstop. Plenty of home made stats to prove their point, of course. His minor league numbers are just not very good. What a huge disappointment, etc. etc. Today he had a big game. Let's not get too excited over one game, right? But so far, he's also having a pretty decent season. We probably aren't quite ready to move Ozzie over and put Koz in his spot...but still...Pete is doing a nice job for us. Of course the nay-sayers will tell us it can't last. He has proven that he just cannot possibly be this good for long. His minor league numbers prove it. I couldn't begin to tell you what his numbers are. BABIP, WAR, fWAR, WTFE...I don't care. Those numbers are made up bs numbers anyway. Really.
It's entirely possible that his brief major league career has been a totally bogus aberration and that he really isn't good enough to be on the big club. I don't know. But since he came up, I've been watching. He played his high school ball about 45 minutes away from where I live, so I have a special interest in seeing him make it. Maybe he will, and maybe he won't. But I do know this--the Cardinals spent their number one pick to get him, once upon a time. Maybe...just maybe...they were right. Maybe his minor league numbers are a reflection of a kid doing a little growing up. Maybe someone in our system helped him get better. Lots of maybe's...lots of hopes and possibilities. And maybe one of these years, we'll look back on 2012 and 2013 and remember how surprised we were that he could hit major league pitching.
Wouldn't that be fun?