Re: Reddick/Kalish may have serious competition
posted at 6/14/2011 6:02 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Reddick/Kalish may have serious competition
[QUOTE]When you say similiar to a JD DRew type, surely you only refer to JD's horrific season this year. To think that Lin will come any where close to JD of past seasons (with the Sox, Braves or Dodgers) is simply wrong. Why would you accept Lin playing OF for the Sox posting this year JD Drew numbers but you don't accept the same numbers from JD Drew? HAs anyone actually seen Lin play? I have, about 7 games. He looks over matched at the plate. His knowledge of the strike zone is lacking, and he is easily fooled causing him to strike out too much and not walk enough. He has absolutely no power at the plate, very rarely driving the ball (hence his low slugging percent). He does have nice speed, but is not a good base runner nor base stealer proven by his success ratio. Lin is no where near ready to even be a 5th OF for the SOx. He needs to play every day. The player he most reminded me of in the Sox org was Raymond Fuentes, but Raymond is 3 years younger. (and now in the Padres org)
Posted by rkarp[/QUOTE]
I meant a high OBP, with a batting average lower than you would like, thus resulting in lower RBI totals than you would expect. Also a player who plays + defense at his position and can run a little bit on the base paths. At the age of 22 it's tough to tell if he just got lucky this year or if he has actually made strides in his base stealing, but he went 12 for 15 in SB attempts prior to being called up. A huge improvement over his previous seasons. I also said that he would have less power than JD, so I'm going to leave that alone.
I didn't say Lin is ready to play right now, just that he would if Softy (current moniker, betterredthandead) gets his wish (to trade Ells and have a young RHH OF with good defense).
When did you see these 7 games? He's looked fine at the plate from what I've watched.
Since 2008, the lowest OBP he posted in MiLB was .342 and that was in 2008. In 2009 he posted a .355 mark and in 2010 he came through with a .386 as a 21 y/o in AA with more walks than K's (72:63), which is something Drew has only done twice in his MLB career (2004-2005). Line had a .360 OBP in AAA but was only 2 for 5 in SB attempts prior to being injured.
I'm not expecting similar OPS' to Drew (likely 100+ points lower), but as far as how he plays the game Drew is a decent (if imperfect) example who people omn this board can relate to.