Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Latest Dallas McPherson Moonshot Gives Him 21

Marlins Triple A farmhand Dallas McPherson's most recent homer -- a more than 450-foot moonshot off former major leaguer Brandon Duckworth -- helped raise his OPS to more than 1.000 and his Pacific Coast League leading home run total to 21.

Yet McPherson's chances for promotion appear blocked, with no spot for him on the major league roster, even after he was moved from third base to the outfield.

Though the 6-foot-4, 240-pound left-handed hitter's more than .300 batting average and prodigious power are at least mildly inflated in the western desert air, McPherson clearly could have been starting for any number of major league teams by now if only he had not been seriously sidelined by various injuries in recent years, most notably spinal trouble.

McPherson has two homers in his last five home games, the last one flying well over the flagpoles past the 410-foot marker in center field, and the previous one landing on top of a grass embankment well beyond the right field fence.