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Cole Gillespie (Nashville Sounds): not quite ready for prime-time yet

May 29, 2009

I just don’t get it.

I understand the farm system is suppose to develop talent for the Majors.  So winning is not really the major goal of Triple-A baseball.

It’s developing talent, right?

Let’s start with the talent part.

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Cole Gillespie

Cole Gillespie came into the 2009 season highly touted as Milwaukee’s #9 prospect by Baseball America. That’s some high expectations.

On April 23 the Sounds promoted Gillespie from Advanced A Brevard County, where he batted .349 (15-for-43) with nine RBIs in 12 games, to a starting outfielder position for the Sounds. Very solid numbers for Advanced A Brevard County no doubt.

Since April 23rd Cole has played regularly either at center or left for the Sounds.

The Sounds even traded center fielder Tony Gwynn on May 21st, who was playing the most consistent baseball of any Sound’s player, sending a message to Gillespie that he has a future at Triple-A Nashville.

Gillespie might have a future at Nashville but this guy is like a weener who showed up at a cookout with steaks on the grill. He’s out of his league.

The stats tell the tale:

  • In the most recent road series (5.21-28) he went a combined 6 for 31  (.193), 2R, 1 3B, 3 2B, 3 BB, 2 BI, 6 K
  • In his 33 games so far with Nashville his stats are: 99 AB, 9 runs, 21 hits, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 32 TB, 18 BB,  26 SO, 3 SB, 3 CS, .342 OBP, .323 SLG, .212 Ave, 2 Es
  • He has the worst batting average of any non-pitcher on the Sounds team.
  • He only has a .342 OBP.
  • He has 32 TB out of 99 plate appearanes.
  • He has struck out 26 of 99 times.
  • He is arguably in the bottom ten for the worst hitters in the PCL right now.

Let’s think this through.

Nashville has six infielders and just three outfielders on the roster right now. Let’s hope that Chris Duffy joins the Sound’s roster soon and gets some serious playing time.

No offense Gillespie, but you’re not ready for prime-time yet.  Keep working hard and we’ll see you in a couple years.

We sure miss Tony Gwynn too!

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