Originally Posted by Brutus
He's not a starting corner outfielder. He's a starting centerfielder, as of this moment. The average CF, starting or otherwise, has a .730 OPS. So Heisey's .750 OPS would be above average.
I don't see why it matters where his OPS comes from. Whether it's first pitch or seventh pitch, the bottom line results are what matter.
We agree that the bottom line is what counts. For Heisey it's .750 OPS.
We also agree that .750 OPS would be good enough for CF duty. But Heisey has never been the regular CFer, likely because he isn't a prime CF defender.
And he's not the starting CFer now. Stubbs started every game in Arizona in CF and two against St. Louis before that.
Heisey's overall package, including his hitting approach, gets him fourth outfielder status. Last three games he's played LF, RF, and CF, once each to spell Bruce, Ludwick and Stubbs.
Heisey has the power to be a starting player, and he hustles like crazy, but the 12 walks and relatively low OBP don't help him. A little patience at the plate might help.