He is risen. Barbaro Canizares is his name. The Braves just called him up from Triple-A Gwinnett, and he's hitting behind Chipper Jones at this very moment. At the plate, he is, by all accounts, a stud.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports:
In fact, newly arrived - he just got here at 12:30 p.m. – Barbaro Canizares might possibly be one of the worst defensive players the Braves have had on their major league roster in quite some time, based on what I've heard of the 29-year-old Cuban rookie first baseman.
"I heard he can't run, can't throw and can't field, but the sumbitch can hit," is what one Braves player told me this morning.
A good glue guy, one might say. Pitcher Tommy Hanson, a former Gwinnett teammate, also noted Barbaro's cinderblock of a glove, saying his defense "needs work." "I wouldn't expect Gold Glove performances," Bobby Cox tells the AJC, beating a dead horse.