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Padres sticking with rookie Anthony Rizzo amid slow start

Jun 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Anthony Rizzo has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues, going just 5-for-31 (.161) with one homer and 12 strikeouts since being called up two weeks ago, but the Padres have made it very clear that they won’t be benching or demoting the top prospect.

Here’s what manager Bud Black told Rob Terranova of the North County Times:

He’s going to play. He’s got a very good head on his shoulders, has poise, ¬†and a great perspective on where he is right now for a 21-year-old. Now he needs time to continue to grow as a player and develop as a major-leaguer.

And here’s general manager Jed Hoyer:

He might be overswinging a little bit right now, but we have no doubt that he’s going to be a really good player. He’s just gonna go though some growing pains.

When a team commits to calling up a stud prospect at age 21 how he fares through two weeks should have absolutely zero impact on their plans. Rizzo, who was acquired from the Red Sox as part of the four-prospect package for Adrian Gonzalez this offseason, hit .365 with 16 homers, 20 doubles, and a 1.159 OPS in 52 games at Triple-A prior to the call-up. He’ll be just fine.

  1. b7p19 - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Word. And four of those five hits are for extra bases. Also, his .350 OBP is a good sign considering his BA. (8 BB in 11 Games).

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Whenever you’re trading a proven veteran for a minor league prospect, there’s always a chance that prospect won’t be able to produce in the big leagues. Not saying that’s the case with this guy because he hasn’t played in the bigs much, but it’s something you have to worry about.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Good for the Padres. Not everyone can be Eric Hosmer!

  4. AK47 - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    So this mean they’ll be sending him down later this week, right?

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