Re: Drew Stubbs for CF in '10?
I am not ready to anoint Drew Stubbs as the answer in center, but I'm definitely ready to say he's an answer out there.
His power (3.9% HR) wound up closer to a level that people could see going forward, but yet, in regressing as the last few weeks went on, saw his overall offensive production remain steady thanks to increased walks, fewer strikeouts and utilizing his speed to beat out a ton of hits that would ordinarily be outs with most players. Those overall rates in isolation, ignoring defense, make him just a hair about an average Major League CF. Those numbers alone would justify having him out there. Throw in his fielding ability, and you have an above-average player at his position.
Stubbs might come down before he goes back up, but I can't help but be very encouraged at the signs he showed late in the year. If nothing else, it seems even Dusty Baker cannot throw you-know-who out there as a starter instead of Stubbs. I think that was somewhat corroborated by both the remarks Baker made these last two weeks and that despite someone else coming off the DL, Stubbs continued to get almost all of the starts.
Contingent upon merely maintaining these rates, I absolutely think Stubbs is the Reds' best option for next year. I would like to see the OBP continue to climb, but I think it will.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda