One cannot help but be impressed with the recent offensive production of St. Louis farmhand Tagg Bozied and Dodgers minor leaguer John Lindsey.
The only question is how easy is it going to be for these former Independent Baseball stars to grab the attention of their major league bosses since both play primarily at first base defensively where the Cardinals have Albert Pujols and Los Angeles has Nomar Garciaparra. Ugh!
Bozied got his professional start in his hometown of Sioux Falls, SD, which now plays in the American Association. After getting a long look with the parent club during spring training, Bozied started slowly at Triple-A Memphis, hitting only .135 after his 11th game. He has been hitless only once in 14 games since, and that was in a pinch-hitting role. The 6-foot-3 Bozied has been at a blistering .391 (18-for-46) during the hot streak to lift his average to .277.
The 27-year-old, who could add some punch which St. Louis has been lacking, also has cut way down on his strikeouts, fanning just one time in his last nine games. Bozied has driven in 19 runs in 25 games along with six doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Lindsay, who turned 30 recently, is back in Double-A for the first time since 2004 after looking at Can-Am League pitching while playing for the New Jersey Jackals the last two years. His .212 average (14-for-66) at Jacksonville won't blow anyone away, but the fact half of his hits have been home runs might impress the Dodgers. Those seven home runs have accounted for many of his 17 RBI in only 21 games.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
BOZIED, LINDSEY BUSY DRIVING IN RUNS
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.