Re: A closer Look at Iggy's 2012 MLB Season
posted at 10/11/2012 11:02 PM EDT
Is 75 PAs really a sample size worthy of making definitive judgements?
I didn't infer that I was making any sort of definitive judgement. But if you feel that way why did you put up this post showing his stats on D?
It's the exact same sample size that you are now denouncing
I qualified my statement about his 2012 defensive numbers with this:
"(Warning: UZR/150 is a metric that is supposed to be viewed in 2-3 season sample sizes, so 193 innings is a tiny sample size.)"
I never said I thought Iggy's defense is this overpoweringly good. In fact, after Aviles played better than I expected defensively this season, I admitted that my preseason projections that Iggy could make about a 100 more plays than the average SS and that since I felt Aviles was at best average, Iggy should have been our starting SS, I was wrong.
I do think Iggy is a fantastic fielding SS with exceptional range that allows him to make many more plays than the average SS. I don't know if he can hit .220 or .250. He may never reach the point where his great fielding makes up for his poor fielding. I get that. My position is that we will not be contenders in 2013. By the end of 2013 we'll have paid Iggy over $8M to be in our system for 4 years. I feel he needs a longer look than 75 or so PAs. He needs a longer look on defense to see if his exceptional start is for real or a blip.
I've never made any point about me thinking Iggy will eventually become a decent or "decent enough" hitter. I don't know what he can do on offense going forward. My position has been that if, big emphasis on "if", he is the great fielder he appears to be, we can absord him being somewhat of a poor hitter he appears to be thus far. How much is the issue of contention for most of us. A few here seem to want nothing to do with even an average offensive hitter no matter how good he is defensively. I have mentioned that I think a .220 Iggy could be acceptable (no net loss or gain) if he is indeed a fantastic fielder. Of course offense involves much more than BA, and fielding involves much more than exceptional range, but my point remains the same: I'd give Iggy a shot to show that he can save enough runs on defense to make up for whatever he does on offense. What do we have to lose? Bogaerts may be ready by 2014, and we should know enough by then to evaluate Iggy on a large enough sample size.