Wondering about Luis Durango …
Good morning everyone, getting ready to start another week — and we’re running out of them very quickly — of the season. The Padres wrap up a four-game series today in Pittsburgh before they begin a three-game series in Denver on Tuesday.
I’ve got a question for you. What are your thoughts on speedy outfielder Luis Durango, who has, to say the least, run himself into some sort of prominence in his week or so with the team. The 23-year-old was at it again on Sunday, turning a walk into a stolen base, moving to third on an error by the catcher (trying to throw him out) and then scoring on a fly ball to left field.
Last week, of course, he had three hits, none leaving the infield, stole a base and managed to score the winning run on a ball hit to Justin Upton, who might have the best arm in baseball.
Really, it’s reminded me of the way Everth Cabrera has run himself into runs this season. That kind of speed is impressive, it’s rare and it can be, when used smartly, a legitimate weapon to beat teams.
Do you want to see more of Durango over these final weeks of the regular season? Would he be talking at-bats away from anyone else. I’m asking this as Kevin Kouzmanoff is set to come back and reclaim third base with Chase Headley moving back to the outfield.
I’m not entirely sure Durango is a prospect. He has, from what I’ve seen, one legitimate tool: His speed. He had 11 extra-base hits in 456 at-bats this season, though he’s willing to take a walk (.390 on-base percentage).
Is there room on the 25-man roster for Durango next season. Let’s hear your response on here and as on the Padres Facebook page.