Re: Forget Iglesias, He Can't Hit
posted at 9/21/2012 8:37 AM EDT
He doesn't have to have a .270 OBP, like Aviles, to be starting SS material in MLB.
Iglesias and Ciriaco are showing what a joke it was to carry Aviles all season long. Now, both CBA and talent and fit say it's time to stick Aviles back in his dumpster.
Mike's OBP is .281 not .270. His career OBP is over .300 not .270. You can tell us what his "median average" is, but I bet it is nt .270.
Aviles turned out to be a better than decent fielder with more range than I expected. He did better in the field than the guy you bashed, then praised- Scutaro did in his 2 years here.
No, Aviles is not the answer at SS, but there is no need to lie about his numbers to make your point- which is valaid, and I actually agree with.
A middle IF or Iggy, Ciriaco & Pedey will be fine next year as we await the develoment of Bogaerts, and the determination of which position he is best suited for.
Aviles will be traded this offseason. I give it a 90% chance. If he does return, it will be as our utility IF'er. I know your idea of a good utility IF'er is to be great on defense, and that is the traditional sterotype, but if we do have Iggy, Chriaco, Pedey and Middlebrooks on the 25 man roster, there aren't many defensive utility players that you'd want to replace these guys with late in a game- more likely, we would want to PH for Iggy late in a game, and I suppose Aviles could be a candidate for that since he could then play the position capably after PH'ing.
As I said last spring, if Iggy can save 50-75 hits over the average MLB SS, we shouldn't worry about even a .250 OBP (or less).