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If only Brent Morel were more aggressive…

Apr 17, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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Asked today about Brent Morel‘s continued presence in the No. 2 spot in the order despite a .103/.161/.138 line to date, White Sox manager Robin Ventura replied:

He’s going to stay there. He just needs to be a little more aggressive in the zone and things will turn around.

So, Morel, who has walked twice and struck out 13 times in 29 at-bats this season, just needs to be more aggressive. Never mind that he’s racking up swinging strikes at 170 percent of the major league average thus far or that he is now sporting a lifetime .278 on-base percentage in 507 major league at-bats.

Actually, what the White Sox apparently really need is for Morel to bunt more. The lone major leaguer with three sacrifices on the season, he’s reached on an error on two of those plays.

  1. Glenn - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Sounds like Ventura might have missed that whole sabermetric revolution thing. Either that or Nolan Ryan did more damage than we thought.

  2. Gobias Industries - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    If only Matthew Pouliot could find something else to talk about…

    We get it, man. A team’s No. 2 hitter is important. Half the managers in the majors don’t get that and are therefore not nearly as smart as you, a guy who writes for a blog. Now that we’ve established that, can you stop making this the subject of every other one of your posts?

  3. Gordon - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Morel, Rios, Dunn & Beckham… brutal. This is gonna be a long year on the South Side if those guys can’t get to at least a .200 BA.

    Ventura is all coach-speak right now. Hopefully he gets it together quickly.

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