Re: Iglesias - Not the Answer at SS
posted at 9/4/2012 3:10 PM EDT
In response to snakeoil123 comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Go read the scouting report on Bogaerts, who is a much better hitter than fielder so far. I think he will end up in the outfield (at 6'3") or at first base.
I do not at all believe the hype from moonslav and others that Iglesias will dramatically reduce runs scored against our pitching staff. To date, I believe he has given up an unearned run, but saved none. But I have not give up on him simply because, despite his lousy hitting, I think he would be fun to watch on every day basis. Great hands, throw, movement, etc. I'm guessing, however, the hitting will kill him as a regular.
Of course he wont dramatically reduce runs scored. He hasn't saved a run yet. Some people on here were claiming he would drastically reduce pitchers ERA and save two runs a game.
I wish I were joking but I am not.
His upside is being a Mark Belanger type. That is fine, but it isn't anything to get excited about.
Yeah the claims of how many runs he'd save has been grossly overstated. I saw some ridiculous number and at best, that would be the number of baserunners he'd save -- still overstated -- but not all those runners would score.
There's no doubt that he'd save some runs. But here's where a great defensive SS makes his impact even more -- fewer baserunners. Let's say with two outs, he gets to a a ball another SS wouldn't get to and there's three outs. Inning's over. If another SS is there and the ball gets through, the pitcher could very well get the next guy out but it might take another seven or eight pitches.
So I have no problem with a great defensive SS but he has to have something of a bat.