With the way Cody Overbeck is producing in Triple-A for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season, it may be time for the Philadelphia Phillies to call him up sometime soon.
Overbeck is hitting .304/.349/.418 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 86 plate appearances in 2012. He fared well last season, posting a .279/.331/.416 statline with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 246 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, and hit 24 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s a hitter that his Double-A manager described as “a guy that can hit a fastball in his sleep.”
Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix have been the primary first basemen for the Phillies this season with Ryan Howard rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon. Wigginton and Nix are both having terrific years off the bench, with Wigginton having a .327/.379/.500 statline in 58 plate appearances and Nix at .333/.429/.625 in 24 plate appearances.
John Mayberry Jr. has had a miserable season with just a .468 OPS and 15 strikeouts in 47 at-bats, plus not a single walk to his name. Jim Thome has been even worse with a .111 slugging percentage in 18 at-bats and strikeouts in 10 of them.
If the Phillies move on from one of those players soon, calling up Overbeck to see what he has may be a good idea. Overbeck’s power is down this season but he is a good hitter. He doesn’t walk a lot and he strikes out too much, which typically leads to a short life span in the major leagues. The best idea may be to bring Overbeck for a short time if someone goes on the DL and see how he responds to that.