Friday, May 12, 2006

Gabe Gross Gets a Look in Center for Milwaukee

It's questionable with fewer than 50 plate appearances, but youngster Gabe Gross has hit a homer at a Ruthian clip of one every 10 at-bats for Milwaukee. Gabe Gross sports a .581 slugging average to go with his .373 OBP and .256 BA. No intentions have been announced for Gross to replace center field starter Brady Clark, at least not yet, but Gross is being trotted out to see what he can do, and to give Clark a rest. Clark is batting only .226 with a .331 OBP and .292 slugging average. Clark's stats are less than half as good as those of Gross, though Clark has had more than twice as many opportunities. Gross was only recently a prized prospect in the Toronto organization, and GM Bob Melvin is mindful that at this stage of his career Gross is not suited for his role as a reserve as he needs to play every day. Budding superstar Ricky Weeks, the starting second baseman, is also being considered over the long term as a possible solution in center field.