A couple of weeks ago, the Giants recalled a pair of lusterless former prospects, outfielders Fred Lewis and Dan Ortmeier. Each has languished in the Giants' minor leagues as the parent club focused on winning now with as old a roster as Brian Saban et al could possibly put together.
Fred Lewis is the more attractive of the two aging prospects because his minor league skills are more consistent while Ortmeier had the best season overall between the two - his 2005 AA campaign where he hit 20 HRs and stole 35 bases. Lewis takes more walks and that may separate him from Ortmeier on the major league level. Both players can hit from the left-side (Ortmeier is a switch-hitter) so there isn't more opportunity for one versus the other based on platooning opportunities.
With a couple weeks of ABs under there belts, Lewis's 3rd-day cycle has been buried amidst many more ABS. Including the three extra-base hits from that game, Lewis has a five in 66 PAs. Ortmeier has three in 26 PAs. Neither player will have a ton of 2007 value in most league formats, but 2008 may be a better time to revisit the merits of the two players if the Giants finally commit to a youth movement.
The ones I'll feel bad for are the long-term care insurance salesmen who thought gaining access to the Giants clubhouse was akin to getting the Glengarry leads.
Fred Lewis Statistics
Dan Ortmeier Statistics