If you’ve been a baseball fan for more than a few minutes, you know what a platoon is and probably have seen more than your share. The San Diego Padres have had a platoon system going with outfielders Chris Denorfia and Will Venable. One thing I never liked about a platoon was when one player seemed to have the ability to play full time; I think he should get that chance. Denorfia deserves a shot at full playing time for the Padres.
Denorfia put up an overall line of .293 / .345 / .451 (average / on base percentage / slugging percentage) with eight homers and 36 runs batted in. Venable’s line against only righties isn’t impressive enough to keep Denorfia from getting a look at both sides. Venable’s overall homer total eclipses Denorfia as he put up nine homers and 45 runs batted in. That was with Venable having just under 100 more at-bats, however.
All things projected out, Denorfia could be a 20 homer and 70 or so runs batted in guy if he got a full set of playing time. Chances are if he saw real life right-handers all the time, he might hit even better against them than he does. Why is an almost .300 average not good enough for him to at least get a look at playing full time? If he fails then platoon all year long. He just might blossom though. Hopefully one day we will find out.