Originally Posted by mdccclxix
BP hitting second will be a boon, IMO. I predict 23 HR from Brandon, maybe more if he stays healthy and gets a few less starts to stay fresh. If Choo is on first, Brandon has shown an aptitude for hitting the ball the other way - second only to Votto. He is also the best option in late game situations, as I think he's better than any with an 0-2 count.
Key to hitting second between Choo and Votto is keeping rallies going, setting up the big inning.
BP had a low OBP of .321 last year, a low walk rate of 4.5 percent, and hits into a lot of DPs.
As much as I admire BP's skills as a hitter, it's hard for me to see how he is a good fit for that second spot in the order. I suppose he's good enough to change his style a bit, but I'd rather see BP hit sixth. BP did change his style a bit when he hit leadoff in 2011 -- hope he reverts to the more patient style next year.
As for Choo's defense, somebody called him slightly below average in CF. I hope that's correct but at this point it's guesswork. We really have no idea how it will work out, just hope for the best.