Re: The Drew Quandry for 2014
posted at 9/20/2013 11:19 AM EDT
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13 homers doesn't really classify as 'power'....
Iggy has 16 doubles and 3 homers with 370 plate appearences.
Drew has 27 doubles and 12 homers with 469 plate appearances.
I'd like to think Bogarts playing full-time would blow Drew away far more than the current minuscule offensive differences between Drew and Iggy.
*** If Iggy had 99 more ab's he would easily ad 5 doubles and 1 homer....
Drew's SLG is .441.
The AL average is .406.
The AL average for SS's is .375.
The AL average for 1B's is .449.
So Drew has more power than the average player, much more than the average SS, and about as much as the average 1B.
So yes, it's accurate to say he's got power.
Is it really that tough for Drew's detractors to simply recognize that he's a prototypical Red Sox hitter. A solid to above average defender and a good clubhouse guy. One that makes the opposing pitcher work who has in the non-steroid era above ave pop (power) for a short stop.
Count me among those that think that the Sox would be wise to not only offer him a contract but make every effort to sign him. I get that Xander is the future....moving him to 3rd with Middlebrooks crossing the diamond to play first is not the end of the world As we know it...in fact one could argue that we're a better team with Drew at SS. IMHO Drew is in the same class of players as was his Brother, Victor Martinez and Beltre. Where the sum of the parts is greater than the numbers on the back of their baseball cards.
In the end one could argue that letting both Martinez and Beltre walk was the catalyst for the eventual ruin of the fortunes of the 2011 and 2012 teams.
Is Drew a better hitter than Napoli?
Signing Drew and moving Bogey to 3B and Middlebrooks to 1B is not a bad plan, especially since we have Carp in reserve, so Middy is the back-up 3Bman and Bogey the back-up SS, but we lose at the plate what we might gain in the field.
Napoli is not a bad fielding 1Bman, but I do think that for 2014, Drew would be a better fielder than Bogey at SS.
But Napoli is a better hitter than Middlebrook.
Proboably so, so I get your point. Drew at SS, Bogey at 3B (Middy in reserve) and Napoli at 1B.
Then, I ask, who's a better hitter as projected for 2014? Drew or Middlebrooks?