Re: C'mon, FO. Make a decision!
posted at 11/12/2012 12:37 PM EST
In response to S5's comment:
I never said he didnt hit better, but although it is better its not like hes anything special with the bat either. Ciriaco is 27 where Iggy just turned 22 and needed more AB's, not be a bench guy which is basically what Ciriaco was brought up to be. Only reason he got so many AB's was because of injury.
At this point I like Ciriaco better than Iggy. In fact at this point I might even start Ciriaco ahead of Iggy. But there are a couple of differences between them that make me choose Iggy over Ciriaco as my full-time SS
The first one is that Iggy is 22 and Ciriaco is 27 and at this moment Iggy is better defensively. That's saying somnething because I LIKE Ciriaco's glove. Iggy's always been able to 'catch up with the learning curve' offensively, meaning he's learned to hit at every level. I think it would be a shame to let a guy who's as a good defensively as Iggy is to lanuguish in Pawtucket when IMO he needs ML AB's. He has the potential to be a marquee shortstop and face of the franchise type player. I'm no where near ready to give up on him at age 22, not even for a year in Pawtucket.
I LIKE Ciriaco very much and I realize that numbers don't usually lie nor do trends. But at the same time there is occasionally that player who comes into his own later in life and Ciriaco might be one of them. But if I were the Manager I'd always have a lingering fear in the back of my mind that Ciriaco could become the Ciriaco of old at any minute. I'm the first to admit that it's not fair to Ciriaco and if Iggy weren't pounding at the door and demanding to be let in Ciricao would be my SS.
However, Iggy IS there so I consider it a HUGE luxury to have someone as good as Ciriaco as a UIF.
except iggy hasn't learned to hit consistently in AAA, he had a single decent month before he was brought up. But ciriacos career MiLB stats speak for themselves.
If you start Iggy over ciriaco you get a slightly better defense and a slightly worse offense. I would say the differense between their offensive and defensive skills are about the same (ciriacos offense is X much better than iggys and iggys defense is X much better than ciriacos defense). So the real question is, what is going to benefit the team more from the SS position. a GG defense with sub-par offense or semi-GG defense with sub-par offense..
Moon has some great numbers to show Iggys worth to the pitching staff, which really convinced me that iggy should be starting. especially when you consider the pitching needs all the help it can get