No. 13 was may favorite uniform number growing up as a youngster playing baseball. Maybe it was because it was the last number by dad wore when he played and managed our local town team. More likely it is probably because I am not superstitious.
So last night when I saw that Pete Lavin pick up his 13th outfield assist when he threw out a runner at third base in the Clearwater Threshers game against the St. Lucie Mets I thought that was neat. Then, this morning listening to MLB radio, they mentioned that the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki has 13 home runs to lead major league baseball, it brought back old memories of my favorite number.
What Pete Lavin is accomplishing with his 13 outfield assists in just 35 games in centerfield is remarkable. One the other hand the starting center fielder for the Phillies in yesterday’s game against the Marlins, Ben Revere, has yet to pick up an outfield assist in any game this season.
As Rich Ashburn said often to his colleague Harry Kalas in the broadcasting booth, ” Hard to Believe Harry”.
What is even harder to believe is that Lavin remains in the advanced A Florida State League. He is hitting just under .300 and has a good defensive fielding metic which is a high range factor for center fielders. RF is outfield putouts and assists combined divided by games played at the position. Lavin’s range factor is well above Revere’s range factor.
I thought yesterday, with Reading’s outfielder Zach Collier going on the disabled list with a bad back, that Lavin would get the call but as of yet no word has appears to have been sent Pete’s way from the Phillies minor league department. He is still stuck in his third year playing for the hapless Threshers.
I like toolsy players who can hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. I might be the only one, but I was fascinated that leading home run hitter and the leading outfield assist leader in all of baseball both are at the No. 13 in their respective categories. The only problem is one is still stuck deep in the minor leagues.