The 20 worst A-Braves players: #7 Jordan Schafer

Homering in your first MLB AB has guaranteed one thing: You won’t make the Hall of Fame (hopefully Jay Hey changes that).

Jermaine Dye and Will Clark are probably the best players to accomplish the feat. They are the exceptions among a fraternity that includes Esteban Yan, Johnnie LeMaster, John Montefusco and the 14th Brave to make our list, Jordan Schafer.

Schafer looked like a future star in 2007, hitting .312 with a .887 OPS (49 doubles, 10 triples, 15 HR) in Single-A. Then he was suspended 50 games for HGH. His performance since then suggests ‘roids had much to do with his early success.

He was mediocre at Double-A Mississippi in 2008 and the Braves, with no real alternatives, named him their Opening Day CF after a solid spring.

He responded by going deep off Brett Myers. Two games later he hit a 2-run bomb off Jamie Moyer.

Schafer would homer only once more in his next 99 games as a Brave, striking out 105 times in 363 AB total. He was a disappointment defensively, as well, often letting the wall play him in CF.

An injured hand contributed to his struggles as a rookie, but good health hasn’t translated to performance. Jordan did show some flashes in 2011 and handled his trade to Houston with class. It’s been downhill ever since. The Astros gave him ample opportunity — even after he was busted on a felony pot charge last spring — and he responded with a .211 BA and .297 OBP.

When FW re-signed him earlier this winter, I couldn’t help but think of Craig Robinson, Larvell Blanks and Adrian Devine. Wasn’t once enough?

We were told not to fret, that Jordan would be the starting CF in Buford, not Atlanta. But with the LF job still open Schafer has a shot — a very long shot — at making the big league club even though he’s done little to deserve it.

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3 Comments on The 20 worst A-Braves players: #7 Jordan Schafer

  1. unless a lot of dudes get hurt I think there’s zero chance the twitter outlaw makes the team in any way. Wren’s going to bite the bullet and overpay for Cody Ross or trade a pitcher for Josh Willingham.

  2. pepefreeus // December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm //

    Not to be too anal but Hoyt Wilhelm did it.

    Maybe Jordan should ask Phil for some tips on throwing a knuckler.

  3. Funny story about Schafer… he tweeted something many moons ago about him having “crazy ass dreams” the night before. I tweeted back in jest something to the effect of, “Yeah? Whose ass were you dreaming of?” So he flat out blocks me I come to find out. I did manage to relay him to how great he is with the fans and that I’d have to find another .240 hitter to follow instead. “Cool story bro – have a good night.” He’s Charles Thomas with better rims on his ride and worse tattoos on his arms.

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