Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
You win with players who work the count, have high OBP, get the other teams pitchers to get into deep counts and into the middle relief. That's how you win over an extended period of time, along with great defense and pitching.
If I'm constructing a team Fransico is the type of prospect I trade, while Alonso is the type of keep. There's no room for free swinging, low OBP, bad defensive players on my team.
No. You win with players who have special skills. You win with players who bring more to the table than the usual decent all around solid non-special player.
It is best if all players could have everything. Few do. You can't field a 25 man team with players who have it all. There aren't that many.
So when you have a guy with huge extra base power, who consistently knocks in lots of runs, hits for a solid average, and strikes out relatively infrequently for a power hitter, you try to keep him if you can.
As for defense, Francisco made a lot of errors at AA. It's apparently a poor field. He has a cannon for an arm and did better defensively at AAA. At 22, he may be able to handle third, but certainly is worth a try in LF.
As for Alonso, he surely will walk more and hit for a better OBP than Francisco. How great is his power potential? Unclear at this point, hopefully as good, but hasn't shown it quite yet.