Originally Posted by alexad
So are we saying Patterson is better than Taveras????? I would hope not. When I said his OBP is not the greatest, I did not say it was so bad he would not help this club. You have to get on base to steal bases. The man played in Colorado and his defense was leaps and bounds better than Patterson. This man can run from one side of the field to the other. SUPER FAST!!!!
What else can we put in Centerfield??? Bruce is a rightfielder, not centerfielder. Dickerson can play there, but is he really ready? Last year was a make or break year for Dickerson and he showed great promise, but I am not sure I can hand him the CF job. We have to have a lead off hitter with the lineup we are going to put out on the field.
Defensively, Patterson is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than Taveras.
However, they are both offensively challenged, particularly in the on-base department.
Thankfully, for Taveras' sake, he can at least put bat on ball, and ball in play, unlike Patterson.
But again, however, when your OBP is so largely AVG driven like Taveras, you need to have an AVG well North of .300 to be worth anything as a leadoff hitter.
And since you brought Dickerson into the comparison discussion, he's also waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better defensively than Taveras.
Speed's a great thing and all, but you need to have good instincts, read the ball off the bat well, and then take the proper routes to catch the ball. Speed only makes up for deficiencies in those departments, which is exactly what Taveras' speed does.