I remember he absolutely balled out in his first few weeks with the Mariners.
(Checked Baseball Reference. He started the year with a ten-game hit streak. Over that time he went 13/29, with 4 HR and 5 2Bs. Good for a .410/.477/.846/1.323 line.)
There really isn’t a second basemen on the roster. I mean, we’re looking at Wilkerson or Martin and possibly Alberto if Ruiz can hold down 3B on his own. That doesn’t get much more underwhelming. I see a potential Beckham signing as insurance in case one of our beloved replacement level or worse options absolutely can’t hang.
We’ll see. I think the organizational lists are done with some pretty heavy local input (I think both Melewski and Meoli have been involved in putting past lists together), whereas the national lists don’t have any such input. It’s possible the local writers were more heavily influenced by Hays’ September performance in Baltimore than BA’s staff that are really focused on scouting these guys in the minors.