Re: Jed Lowrie = Tim Naehring any thoughts?
posted at 5/13/2011 11:38 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Jed Lowrie = Tim Naehring any thoughts?
[QUOTE]I know Tim Naehring, I was a fan of Tim Naehring, I watched him play dazzling third base and hit the ball harder than anyone for a time being, and you sir, Jed Lowrie, are no Tim Naehring.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
IThe Naehring comparison isn't bad and isn't an insult to either one. I was a fan of Naehring. But as I recall, Naehring had injury issues, never played more than 126 games in a season and played more than 100 games just twice. (And both years was after age 27. Lowrie is 27 and likely will get his first 100-plus game season this year).
From age 23 through 27, Naehring:
235 G, 750 AB, 78 R, 196 H, 43 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 88 RBI, .261 BA, .701 OPS
From age 24 through 27, Lowrie:
199 G, 606 AB, 86 R, 161 H, 49 2B, 4 3B, 16 HR, 97 RBI, .266 BA, .779 OPS
Despite fewer games, at-bats and hits (so far), Lowrie has more doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, Runs, BA and OPS. (Also slugging and OBP, which I didn't post).
And Lowrie will pass Naehring in games played and at-bats at age 27 by midseason.
Naehring was better defensively but both are versatile. Naehring came up as a SS and also played 2B and 3B. There are a lot of similarities, but the stats show Lowrie has been a better hitter at a similar stage of their careers.
Naehring ended up with a .282 career BA because he batted .307, 286, .282 in his last three years (28, 29, 30). We'll see what Lowrie does from here on out.