Originally Posted by Superdude
He's moving to a more demanding position that he's practically never played. The defensive metrics, as fickle as they are, had him as well below average even as a corner outfielder last year. Plenty of questions IMO>
This could be getting back to the Wily Mo Wishful thinking, but is it possible that for the types of players the Reds have been targeting, a guy may be no worse as a CF than he is as a corner OF.
I'm thinking the best comparison is in a 2b and a 3B. The skills don't always translate neatly from one position to another. A guy like Rolen can be a good 3b without being a good 2b, because he has quick reaction speed, but not the speed to cover as much ground as a 2b or a SS would.
Similarly, an outfielder without great reaction time but with better overall speed would be slower in the corners, but could possibly be no worse as a CF.
This seemed to hold true on utility players like Hairston, but it may not be as true with Choo.