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  1. on a related note, what does this do for Tyler Colvin? Can he be relevant again in Colorado?

    Comment by j-bones — December 11, 2011 @ 3:01 am

  2. Stewart got hurt in spring training last year and then got yanked around by Jim Tracy. This is a make or break year for him coming up but I still think he’s got some flashes of talent left to show.

    I definitely think his chances are better than Colvin’s due to being able to draw a fair amount of walks at least…and Stewart’s defense has actually been a tad above league average at 3B in his career thus far, so mentioning that it wasn’t great isn’t really the best way to describe that.

    Comment by razor — December 11, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  3. Total Zone Rating puts him slightly below average and UZR puts him slightly above. So I took the middle ground and said he’s not great. Which he isn’t. I didn’t get into the specifics because the main thrust of the post was about his bat, which is what most formats care about.

    I think Colvin should get covered in the coming week, fwiw…

    Comment by Michael Barr — December 11, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  4. Ian Stewart has been 4 runs better than average in Total Zone Rating in his 2,613 career innings at 3B, at least according to B-Ref. That’s not “slightly below average”, as you put it. More like slightly above average.

    In addition, his DRS is at +14 for his career at 3B, to go along with his slightly above average UZR numbers. That’s three defensive metrics that have him slightly above average in over 2,600 career innings at 3B.

    Anyway,it’s all good. Like the site well enough…just like it also to be accurate.

    Comment by razor — December 13, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

  5. alright, in the post I said Stewart’s defense “wasn’t great.” and I fail to see any evidence to the contrary. His last three seasons at 3b for TZR, 3, -3, -2; UZR 2.8, -2.5, and 2.0. If you’re in a league with defensive categories, you shouldn’t count on much better than average.

    Comment by Michael Barr — December 13, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  6. Hehehe, average (or slightly better) is not bad. It’s all about perception. What is obviously true is that none of it will matter if the yahoo doesn’t start yanking some pitches into the cheap seats and continuing to draw some walks because we all know his BA is going to be an issue.

    For what it’s worth, I think he’s a pretty decent risk for the Cubs given the circumstances, and I’m a Rockies fan. I like fantasy well enough, but it’s not just about that for everyone on this site. At least I hope it’s not. I’m a strat player myself.

    Carry on. Keep up the good work. Seriously.

    Comment by razor — December 14, 2011 @ 1:55 am

  7. Stewart is probably slightly over-valued in strat. I’m not sure his good strat defensive ratings are justified vs actual MLB stats. Plus he’s a LHB at 3b, which is unusual, and helpful.

    In roto, some of his advantages are less pronounced or non-existent.

    I see him as very likely to regress to his previous “useful” level of performance, and would not be surprised if he took a significant step forward in his age 27 season.

    I think he was an excellent “buy-low” pickup by the Cubs.

    Comment by Dave S — December 14, 2011 @ 6:24 am

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