Originally Posted by Benihana
Based off of what? The fact that they gave a 36 year old player $15MM over the next two years to start over him? The fact that they continued to start Drew Stubbs and his .277 OBP over him last year? The fact that they continue to platoon (as they should for now) him with an OF who has never started anywhere and sports a .677 career OPS?
Everytime Chris Heisey has been given an extended (more than a couple weeks) chance to start, he has proven why he is best suited as a reserve OF. This season appears no different.
Hell, he even said himself he feels better and more focused as a pinch-hitter than he does as a regular starter. What more evidence do you need?
Stubbs was the high draft pick. Heisey was in the 16th round. The high draft pick gets the benefit of the doubt, plus when Stubbs got on base, he scored at a very high rate (highest in the league, I believe). Ludwick's power to Left Field in the GAB was tremendous. There wasn't any reason to believe that it couldn't come close to that at home again this season, while the team needed power coming from the Right side of the plate. Phillips' power had been waning the last couple of seasons as he has gotten older.
As you have stated, Heisey has not stepped up when given his opportunities to earn a Starting Outfield position. But, as Chris Welsh has pointed out publicly, those weren't extended opportunities, but were brief opportunities, as you have also pointed out.
Certainly, this is the last time Heisey will be given an opportunity to earn a Starting spot, and even if he earns it, probably not for too long, as you pointed out his age. But, age 28 is traditionally a baseball player's peak physical age. This would be the most likely year that he puts it together. I'm hoping he gets 80+ plate appearances in each of April, May and June to prove it.