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  1. Shhhh….don’t give away my sleeper!

    Comment by Archivist — February 24, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  2. I think there is a good chance he sits in the 2-hole of the lineup. Leyland seems to want Carlos Guillen to bat 6th (although Guillen goes on the DL if he gets his feelings hurt much less his body). Raburn did a good job in the second half the ’09 season batting leadoff against lefty pitchers down the stretch.

    Comment by Jon E — February 24, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

  3. I actually think he’ll bat 7th. Leyland mentioned he wanted Raburn batting behind Peralta (for reasons I will never understand).

    Comment by Nick — February 24, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  4. It’s okay to assume that Raburn has deserved more time over the past couple of years, but he’s never shown the ability to produce early in the season. I believe he had an opportunity to get significant AB’s last year in the OF and at DH if he had hit well in April. Unfortunately, he takes himself out of the lineup every year with poor starts. As a Tigers fan, I’ll cross my fingers that 2011 is the year to change that.

    Comment by momotigers — February 24, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  5. Raburn’s splits are some cause for concern. In 475 PA vs LHP, he’s got a killer .370 wOBA. On the other hand, in 604 PA vs RHP, he’s at a ho-hum .327 mark.

    His adequate (if ugly defense) may still make him a better player versus righties than someone like Boesch, but it would still make sense to have someone ready to take ABs away in case that sample is indicative of his actual skills.

    Comment by Dan Greer — February 24, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  6. “Which Tigers outfielder has produced the most value at the plate during the last two seasons?

    A: Magglio Ordonez.”

    Wow. Well, we know why the Tigers haven’t exactly been competing for the postseason over the last couple years, now don’t we? If the 2009 version of Magglio represents your star hitting corner OF, that would be considered a bad thing I think…

    Comment by B N — February 24, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  7. Given his 2b eligibility in Yahoo leagues, it’s amazing he hasn’t gotten more attention.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — February 24, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  8. um… the tigers lost in extra innings of game 163 in 2009 with Magglio as their best outfielder. I am not sure how that is not “competing for the post season over the last couple of years…”

    Comment by Cloud Computer — February 24, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  9. Note to self: closed parentheses should not include the subject.

    Comment by Dan Greer — February 24, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  10. Well, there’s the whole “No one else in the outfield was playing full time for both of those seasons” thing.

    Comment by Nick — February 24, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  11. I think Raburn is best off batting 2nd, where he’ll see more fastballs due to AJax’s speed on the bases and the protection he’ll get from Ordonez and Cabrera. Some of Raburn’s success was due to his ability to fly under the radar and not getting much respect from the pitchers. What separates him from a replacement level player is that he’s patient enough to wait for the cheese. He’s going to get his pitch eventually and he knows it. He could have a huge year.

    Comment by linuxit — February 24, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  12. Raburn was the ultimate “Knock in more than you let in” player last year. Offensively, maybe he is developing into something respectable. Defensively, however, he’s awful. I’d almost take a .260/.310/.420 season if he’d be worth a damn defensively.

    Comment by phenom — February 24, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

  13. Jeez, seriously.

    Comment by delv — February 25, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  14. Do we know that these whole “protection” and “more fastballs with a runner on” things exist in reality? Sorta seems like they probably don’t.

    Comment by Oakland Dan — February 25, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  15. They exist if you watch baseball.

    Comment by linuxit — February 26, 2011 @ 5:58 am

  16. You are right if you believe the article linked below:

    http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2004/09/the-protection-externality-it-doesnt-exist/

    Comment by hk — February 26, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  17. Is he really going to get more playing time this year? He seems more valuable as a platoon player and filling in where needed.

    MDP looks like 450 though with 2B eligibility that should probably be higher. Question is can he be counted on for 450 ABs? Not sure if I’d take the chance on him as a starter.

    Comment by swyck — February 26, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  18. Who is better Gordon Beckham or Ryan Raburn?

    Comment by Padresfan — February 28, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

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