Re: Who plays CF in 2014?
Originally Posted by 757690
Hamilton right now would be at least a league average CF defensively in the bigs, probably above average. Add in his value on the basepaths, and he doesn't have to do much offensively to be a league average CF overall. Last year, Stubbs, with a .610 OPS was still a 1 win player.
This is why speed is actually more valuable than power. It helps you produce in other areas.
Every MLB hitter needs to get on base at a solid rate to be a starter. If you can't, but you have power, all you add are a few homers every now and then. But if you can't get on base well enough to start, you at least provide value on defense and on the basepaths.
Guys with nothing but power go to Japan. Guys with nothing but speed become valuable role players.
I will add that power hitters who can get in base are usually more valuable than guys with speed who get on base.
A 1 win player is a back-up player or potential minor leaguer (though I really don't care what the score of some screwed-up formula says) and Drew Stubbs hit 14 HR to help him to that .610 OPS. What will Hamilton do without any power at all? How does Hamilton's .308 AAA OBP project to be any kind of improvement over what Stubbs did? Seems like he'll be Stubbs without the occasional HR. Curtis Goodwin or Willy Taveras seem like likely comps at this point. Get excited all you want. To have any value at all, he needs to not only figure out how to keep the opposition from getting him out, but then on the rare occasion he does get on, he gives them another shot at him by trying to steal. Valuable base stealers in the history of the game are valuable because the get on base and have some pop. Those are still the primary skills.
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS