A lot of Ole Miss fans have quickly decided that freshman phenom Senquez Golson needs to be an everyday starter over fellow freshman Will Jamison in right field. While I realize it's incredibly early to get into this discussion, I do think there's merit in analyzing where the two currently stand and how they could potentially be used.
Will Jamison (.142 BA, 4 Ks) is the second fastest player on the team. He is a capable fielder who tracks the ball well on pop-ups. He has struggled at the plate so far this year, but his numbers being this low are simply a result of a small sample size. He'll increase his batting average steadily over the year and position himself well to be a full-time starter in the outfield next season. Jamison is also a talented pitcher. While not a starter, he could certainly end up seeing innings in relief during mid-week games. He pitched a lot in the Fall and Spring and could be useful for an inning or two during the postseason. Jamison bats and throws left-handed.
Senquez Golson (.555 BA, 1 K) is the fastest player on the team. He has shown difficulty fielding, probably due primarily to rust. Obviously Golson was unable to practice much in the Fall since he was a major contributor on the football field at cornerback. He has the highest bench press max on the team with 320 pounds. In just nine at bats, Golson has already hit two doubles and stolen two bases. Whenever he gets to first, we're going to try to steal second. Golson is being transitioned from the power hitter he was asked to be in high school to the contact hitter we want him to be moving forward. Obviously he is highly thought-of, having been drafted in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox. His main issue is lack of experience in being molded into the player the staff wants him to be. The only way this can happen is with playing time. Golson bats right handed.
It appears,at first glance, to be an easy choice to go with Golson as the full-time starter at this point. The only problem I can see at this early stage is that we have no idea how well Golson hits lefties. If Jamison really performs much better against them (again, don't mistake his early season struggles as ineptitude at the plate), then it makes sense to bring him in when a left-handed pitcher takes the mound. Also, it makes sense to bring Jamison in during the ninth inning when we need a sure-fire fielder in right field. What doesn't make sense is bringing Jamison in when we're up to bat in the eighth innning against a right-handed pitcher. His importance on defense in the ninth inning does not necessitate letting him hit in the eighth. We have done that twice now, and I think that's the most frustrating thing- particularly since Jamison has struck out both times.