Re: 8/3/07 - Minor League Update
Originally Posted by PuffyPig
FYI, HAtteberg has the 9th best OPS of first baseman in the majors this year.
On your list, he is ahead of Berkman, Gonzalez, Delgado, plus ahead of Konerko,and Helton.
If Votto can walk and hit 20 HR's per season, he can post a .900 OPS. THere's currently only 7 firstbaseman in the majors at that level.
Its a down year for Berkman and Del Gado. Gonzalez plays in a canyon and Hatte in a shoebox. Year in year out in these power nutty times, a 1B needs to be .900 OPS plus IMO. If Votto does that as you suggest and still only has 20 HRs that is fine by me. I just want .500+ slugging and at least .375 OBP to go with it out of the 1B spot. When the power wanes at 1B, teams start trying to get it from other spots like 2B and SS. When you have a Barry Larkin or Joe Morgan there you get by just fine, otherwise teams start compromising other things (namely OBP or defense where its critical) in the name of making up that power deficiency.
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