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Slump ruining Justin Maxwell's chances

Justin Maxwell entered tonight 4 for 43, a spring-long slump that decimated his chances to earn playing time in right field, which was vacated with the release of Elijah Dukes. "He's just not getting to the fastball," Manager Jim Riggleman said of Maxwell. "That's as simple as I can put it."

"I'm a little disappointed in that," General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "We'd like to see more consistency out of him. I think you'll see a player who gets back on the horse and takes off."

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 25, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
Categories:  Justin Maxwell  
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Too bad, Elijiah's departure was the sound of the door opening for Justin Maxwell... and thus far he has failed to walk through that door.

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 25, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Really sad. His career has been of streaks both positive and negative, and a player usually leaves you with the last taste. End of 2009 Positive. End of Spring Training Negative.

Tough to watch a Pro starting a swing when the baseball is being squeezed in the catcher's mitt.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 25, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

And tonight lo-and-behold we see Plascencia and Valdez, two of Stan's International right fielders from the DR.

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 25, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, right now, Maxwell just looks like he has no confidence in his ability at all... not a problem with his eyes, more like a problem with his head...

All of the RF candidates look decidedly unimpressive right now...

Is anyone still available, say, a guy like Elijiah Dukes? Just kidding...

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 25, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Is it really a slump when this is pretty much close to the norm for JMax?

Posted by: Zornado | March 25, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

At this point I think they are going to go with what they have ... unless they can get something from an American league team for Dunn. The problem with that is Chris Marrero is likely just another American league DH and not a first baseman.

My guess is unless Dunn looks really bad they are going to resign him long-term.

Right field will be up for grabs between Eury Perez and Michael Burgess (if he performs well in AA/AAA offensively) with Mike Daniel and Leonard Davis in the mix. Destin Hood could jump in there with a good performance down in A ball followed by AA.

Right now it looks like Perez would be the best bet with the power-hitting Burgess as the optimal solution if he develops.

Is Catcher a ticking time bomb? How long can the great one, IRod, last? Will he be another Livo? Or do they need to have options available? So, you've got Solano, Rooney, Killian and Nieto. Rooney, the switch hitter, is 3 years older than the last two. Solano is a year older than Rooney.

Its about watching the minors for a team that isn't really going to be competitive yet.

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Then there's Chris Duncan ... can he work his way back to form down in Syracuse or Harrisburg?

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ooops forgot to throw Norris in there with Killian and Nieto. All are the same age. Rooney is three years older. Solano 4 years older.

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Eury Perez last year in the gulf coast rookie league hit .381 with 3 doubles 5 triples and 3 home runs in 181 at bats. 15 walks against 20 strikeouts and he is only 19.

We should probably keep an eye on him as a right field possibility perhaps as soon as next year. Or else a center field possibility by the time he is 21.

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought the door was supposed to be opened for Elijah.Anyway,Maxwell and Bernadina just do not look like big league hitters.If they're going to platoon in right,Harris and Morse would give them the most offense.

Posted by: seanmg | March 26, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

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