In reading alot of the posts on the Merits of resigning S Drew or having Bogey play SS, inevitably posters discount Wil Middlebrooks and so many want to add him to some trade. I have posted the stats before as have others, but it bears repeating and I want to get on record as saying the Sox are going to be thrilled if they let Will Middlebrooks be their 3B in 2014.
We must keep in mind that Will is 23 years old.....he is not Arb eligible until 2016 or Free Agent eligible to 2019. In 2 years, he has 169 games at the ML level, 660 Plate Appearances....so basically one full season. 32 HRs, 32 2B, 103 RBIs, a .462 SLG, Those stas would have ranked, 3rd, 7th. 3rd. and 7th among all Major league 3B last year. Yes, he only had a .296 OBP with a .254 BA and he K'd 168 times, but those are things a 23 year old can improve upon....RH power you are born with.
Manny Machado(another RHH) was considered a Phenom last year....because of what he accomplished at 21 years old, but he had 710 Plate appearnaces last year with 14 HR, 51 2B, 71 RBI, .435 SLG, a .314 OBP, with a .283 BA, and 113 K.
I do not think Will has as high a ceiling as Machado does, but look at the number comparison and I think it is apparent that too many people are overlooking the talent he does have.
So many posters are excited about Garin Cecchini, but he is a 22YO who played AA last year....and if and when he got to the Majors, how many wouldnt be thrilled if in his 1st season he put up #'s like Will has....in one season instead of over 2 half seasons, they would be sure thing rookie of the year stats.
Forget S Drew..I look forward to having a dynamite young left side of the IF next year and years to come.