Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Wow. I have no words for this.
(Well, maybe I do.)
Alonso? League average? Seriously? If you take his numbers from AA and extrapolate them to 150 games, they're still well below 1B averages.
Frazier, I might see. Maybe.
But Maloney has already played at the big league level. And done alright.
Same with Francisco.
Proximity = Closest to the majors
There's no way either Frazier or Alonso is close to Maloney nor Francisco, who, oddly enough, doesn't even make your list. (Talk about a blind spot!)
Yes, Alonso league average. The problem with extrapolating his numbers is that it doesn't include any 'hot/cold streaks' and that it also counts where he had a small sample to work with, had 8 weeks in the middle of that where he didn't play because of the injury and that when he came back, he hit .328/.413/.531 with 10 walks and 11 strikeouts between AA/AAA (playoffs included) upon his return from his injury after a slow start to AA pre injury.
To me, proximity is about who would stick long term first, not who has been there. Francisco had his ups and downs, but I don't believe he is ready to play every day in the major leagues at all right now. The only thing Francisco can do right now for a major league team is hit for power. He can't play defense. He can't have an OBP thats going to be good enough to start for a team that actually knows the value of OBP. Maloney I am a bit more confident in, but I want to see a little more. He had 3 good starts to end the year, but he was roughed up pretty good in the 3 starts before that too.
Its not a blind spot, its about having a very different look on things than you do.