Originally Posted by Sea Ray
We don't need power from the leadoff position. We need OBP and maybe move a runner along every now and then. His lack of power doesn't bother me. If the opposition takes away his bunt hits and his OBP plummets then put him back on the bench. But I'm prepared to see him start a few games in a row in CF.
The leadoff spot is only guaranteed to lead off one inning per game.
Grady Sizemore spent all of last season as the Tribe's leadoff hitter, and led off an inning less than 300 times in his 730+ plate appearances. Chris Young led off an inning just a little over 200 times in his 600+ plate appearances as the Diamondbacks leadoff hitter.
Even leadoff hitters need to have the ability to drive the ball with runners on base.