Am I the only one who’d rather have the unspectacular but consistent performance of Jhonny Peralta definitely over Gordon but also over Hardy?
Jhonny’s gonna get his 600PA hitting #2 or #6 in the stacked Tigers lineup. I love him for modest power output and great counting stats.
Comment by Scott Clarkson — February 6, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
I’d prefer Hardy over Jhonny Peralta, but would place Peralta above Jeter and Gordon.
On the other hand, I’m a Tiger fan, so maybe I’m not very objective about Peralta.
Comment by Detroit Michael — February 6, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
Peralta’s actually been a bit inconsistent over the last few years. I think Gordon is a fine risk/reward pick at 10th. If he hits he’s great value and if he doesn’t (unless someone carries 2 SS for some reason) he can always be replaced by Stephen Drew, Mike Aviles, Marco Scutaro (playing 2B but will still qualify at SS and will play in Coors), etc. I think at #10 for the position it makes sense to try for the home run.
in 5×5 I see the lure of Gordon. I play mostly in OBP heavy or lwts leagues where Gordon’s value is muted.
Hardy has had issues staying healthy through a lot of his career too.
What I like most about Peralta: consistently cutting down his K’s year to year while maintaining a solid ISO and near league average walk rate.
Comment by Scott Clarkson — February 6, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
Peralta won’t repeat his average from last season but 20 homers and 70-plus RBI are good bets. I’d rather chance it with Hardy than Peralta, though. I might even go Hardy over Jeter but with a gun to my head I’d probably still take Jeter.
Why does Yunel Escobar never get any love? He brings solid numbers all over the board, lacking only in steals. .290/.365/.410 line with double digit home runs and solid run and RBI totals. He has a few injury problems but even only playing 130 games a season he puts up decent counting stats. I would definitely have him before Jeter an Rollins, who at their age probably wont play 150+ games next year.
It would also be beneficial if the analysis extended beyond the top 10.
Comment by Brain of G — February 7, 2012 @ 6:56 am
I agree, and I trust Peralta over Hardy as well. Fortunately in a snake draft you’ll already know if you are lacking speed and need some at SS/MI and can let Peralta or Hardy slide and take a risk with Gordon. SS is actually very deep in secondary options with guys like Drew, Bonifacio, Scutaro likely to bounce off waivers a time or two in season.
I agree with the comment on Yunel Escobar. He is solid across the board, plays in a great lineup, hits at the top of the lineup (most nights) and still has additional upside unlike Rollins or Jeter. Hardy is an injury waiting to happen.
Yunel Escobar is a good player to have on your team if you want to finish in 7th place. You would draft him over Jeter? Has he even once in his career had a better season than Jeter? Last year he had 5 more homers than Jeter but hit 7 points lower, scored 13 fewer runs, drove in 7 fewer runs and stole 13 fewer bases. The year before that Yunel hit. 4 homers and stole 6 bases in 500 at bats. He is waiver wire fodder.
And the same point is true with Rollins. Rollins hit 22 points lower last year but had 5 more homers, 15 more runs, 10 more RBIs, and 27 more steals. I get that these guys are old, but Yunel Escobar? Give me a break.
Fair points, but I think both are trending down while Yunel trending up. Also, Yunel was hurt 2 years ago when he had that 4 homer year. No doubt in past years Jeter & Rollins were better, but I think this is the year that changes.
I disagree with the risk/reward statement about Dee Gordon. We know exactly what he is already, and there won’t be any HR/RBI volatility. Jeter and Rollins, however, provide greater risk and reward because of their wider range of possible statistical outcomes this year.
Comment by OzzieGuillen — February 20, 2012 @ 8:28 pm