Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Seattle Goes Guido
Liddi, who is 23, is believed to be the first Italian born major leaguer in the last 50 years. He is also the first graduate of MLB's European Academy to crack a big league roster. With the offense woes that the Mariners have, he might actually have a shot of sticking around.
In doing some research, Liddi was rated as the #6 prospect in Seattle's system, according to www.minorleagueball.com. He has a large 6'4, 220 lb frame, with some good power. He socked 30 HR's at AAA Tacoma, and if his glove comes around, he could be a fixture in the Pacific Northwest.
It is also pretty cool to see a true Italian in the majors. We have seen guys like Mike Piazza, and Francisco Cervilli play in the bigs, guys of Italian descent, but not actually European. Liddi has a chance to put European baseball on the map, and untap markets baseball has not seen success in. As someone who is of Italian descent, Liddi has already become a guy I will watch closely.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 10:55 PM