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De La Fuente

Posted: 12/04/2012 2:05 PM

De La Fuente 


Is it true that he is transfering?
Does anyone knows why, and where?
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Posted: 12/04/2012 3:01 PM

Re: De La Fuente 


Yes.

Probably to one of the D2 Cal States - LA, D Hills, San Bernardino.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 8:36 AM

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So what about the 'why'?

Did he prefer catching? Still wish he would have been our catcher last year.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 4:31 PM

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DLF pitched well in Feb and March but struggled from April thru the end of the season and didn't pitch well this fall.  The coaching staff decided that he wouldn't see many innings due to the development of some of the FR and that it would be in his best interests to play elsewhere where he would get a better chance to contribute.

DLF probably preferred being a position player since he hadn't pitched prior to 2012 but the coaching staff decided that they were set at the catching position last season and this season.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 6:34 PM

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FullertonBaseballFan wrote: DLF probably preferred being a position player since he hadn't pitched prior to 2012 but the coaching staff decided that they were set at the catching position last season and this season.
Maybe this season with AJ Kennedy, but last season?? Our catching was a weak link defensively and offensively, so hard to imagine DeLaFuente wouldn't have helped us.

The good news is AJ Kennedy is the real deal and if he isn't our starter than there's something seriously wrong.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 7:12 PM

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The coaching staff saw DLF play at the travel ball, HS and JC levels so the evaluation they made based on his background was that they felt that they had enough catching on the roster already.  That's their call.  Hook and Kirby know what they are doing with C's.  They felt that they needed DLF to pitch and for the first two months or so of the season it worked but it didn't after that.

Kennedy is probably the best defensive C on the roster but his bat is catching up to his glove.  If Wallach is able to hit like he did during the summer and fall and continues to improve behind the plate, where he has gone from bad to average, he will be the starter.

Last edited 12/05/2012 7:45 PM by FullertonBaseballFan

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Posted: 12/05/2012 7:46 PM

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Uh oh. In baseball you have to be strong up the middle. And from what I saw with Wallach in the fall, he is simply not a good catcher, defensively. If he really has inproved with the bat, let him DH.

It's the coaches job on the line so they're going to do what they think is best but I can sense this is going to be a sticking point.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 8:48 PM

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I didn't make it to any Fall scrimmages; which freshman Pitchers have been impressive so far?
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Posted: 12/05/2012 9:04 PM

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RHP's Eshelman and Garza will be making a push for the rotation and LHP Conant will be one of the main relievers in the late innings.
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Posted: 12/05/2012 9:05 PM

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Davis is the DH.

If Wallach's D becomes an issue then the situation will resolve itself with other alternatives available on the roster.
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Posted: 12/06/2012 2:10 PM

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Last year Davis hit .229 (in 118 At-bats) and Wallach hit .206 (in 68 ABs). I just don't think we can afford to have both hitters in the lineup, unless these stats were just anomalies or they both really have made huge progress.
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Posted: 12/06/2012 6:12 PM

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J.D. Davis: Wisconsin Wood Chucks
.344, 25 G, 90 AB, 20 R, 31 H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 2 SB
4-0, 2.10 ERA, 5 G, 30 IP, 28 H, 13 R, 7 ER, 10 BB, 33 K
• Davis was ranked the No. 5 prospect of the Northwoods League by Perfect Game
• Davis was named a Summer League All-American by Perfect Game

Chad WallachRochester Honkers 
.303, 45 G, 155 AB, 26 R, 47 H, 10 2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 3 SB
1-0, 1 SV, 9.00 ERA, 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
• Wallach was ranked the No. 49 prospect of the Northwoods League by Perfect Game


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Posted: 12/06/2012 6:35 PM

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But that was with a different coaching staff. ;)

Stats are impressive so can't wait to see how it all pans out next season.
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Posted: 12/06/2012 7:50 PM

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Those two guys also hit the ball well this fall with the current coaching staff.  Davis was a 5th round pick for a reason.  Wallach was one of the best hitters on the team this fall.  That's why I wrote earlier if he continues to hit like he has in the summer and fall he will be the C.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:51 PM

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He'll be joining former Titan, Ivory Thomas, at Dominguez Hills.
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