June 20th, 2013
Mitch Moreland completed a three-game rehab assignment yesterday with the RoughRiders. He was instrumental in the 9-5 win over the RockHounds yesterday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Moreland has put together back-to-back seasons of outstanding rehab stints with the RoughRiders:
The sample size for a rehab assignment is usually small, as the case certainly was with Moreland in both years. His 2013 rehab stint is hard to argue against as the best position player RoughRiders rehab stint of all time. Let’s take a look at the history for potential contenders:
2013 RoughRiders rehabbers
Even the most ardent Kinsler and Pierzynski supporters aren’t arguing here. While playing the more physically demanding positions of second base and catcher, the two just don’t stack up.
2012 RoughRiders rehabbers
Mike Napoli also rehabbed for the RoughRiders, although it came in the post-season so Baseball Refrence doesn’t list it. He went 1-for-10 with a two-run home run in the 2012 Texas League Championship series against the Springfield Cardinals.
Moreland’s 2012 effort was impressive, and still stands as one of the best rehab efforts in ‘Riders’ history, but he hit more doubles, homers and RBI this week as a ‘Riders hitter.
2011 RoughRiders rehabbers
So Josh Hamilton homered. Not bad considering he’s the last rehabber to do so until Moreland did yesterday. He took Shawn Haviland deep, a two-year RockHounds pitcher and former Harvard Crimson. But the sample is even smaller, and it was his only extra base hit. Moreland’s 2013 numbers are better across the board.
2010 RoughRiders rehabbers
A fewer larger samples here makes for a potential challenger. Arias wasn’t exactly the Babe Ruth of the Texas League during his eight games, however. Kinsler provides a decent challenge, especially considering he stole two bags as well. Still, Moreland posted a higher BA, OBP, SLG and OPS and only struck out once in three games. Advantage Moreland.
2009 RoughRiders rehabbers
Ugh. Not so good this year. 3-for-24 combined with no extra base hits? NEXT!
2008 RoughRiders rehabbers
Hammerin’ Hank jumps out. Blalock was a tremendous minor leaguer (and a darn good big leaguer as well). This is extremely impressive. 8-for-19 is not too shabby. The triple slash (AVG/OBP/SLG) still isn’t as good as Moreland’s this year but the sample is larger and for the first time, he has been bested by one category. Blalock’s .522 OBP is the highest in ‘Riders rehabbing history for a player with more than four plate appearances (Teixeira in 2007). A stolen base to boot! This one is close, but without a homer and nearly a strikeout per game, we will go with Moreland here.
2007 RoughRiders rehabbers
No explanation needed. On to ’06.
2006 RoughRiders rehabbers
And onto 2005…
2005 RoughRiders rehabbers
The triple slash looks good, but one game for GMJ? Apparently the left hammy wasn’t so bad.
2004 RoughRiders rehabbers
34-year-old Herbert Perry is not only the oldest position player to ever rehab with Frisco, but he very well could stand the test as the most impressive RoughRiders rehabber ever, especially when you stack up his two stints together between 2003 and 2004. Again, no home runs here though. He is in the conversation without a doubt though.
2003 RoughRiders rehabbers
Another Herbert Perry campaign for Frisco, and another fine one at that. His seventeen game total between 2003 and 2004 puts him at .365 with the batting average and a .492 slugging percentage.
And say Hello to Todd Greene! The only RoughRiders rehabber ever to blast two home runs, and the veteran catcher/utility man put on quite the show in the RoughRiders’ inaugural year. The OPS is still a shade lower than Mitch’s, but it is quite the performance.
So Maybe Moreland’s 2013 stint isn’t the most impressive, but it is at least top four all time. And now he can be included in the same sentence as Todd Greene and Herbert Perry, which is interesting at the very least.
You tell us? Was Mitch Moreland’s three-day run the most impressive RoughRiders rehab stint among position players ever? Post in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter @RidersBaseball!
It was fun while it lasted, and we wish Mitch the best of luck back with the Rangers.
Enjoy the shots from his three-day stint in Frisco below.
Baseball term of the day: county-fair player – a player who shows off
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
All tables provided by Baseball-Reference.com. All photos courtesy Grant Nelson / Frisco RoughRiders