I'm interested in the guy. He's listed as a 1B/2B/3B/OF and I like versitility. He's the starting 3B on Minnesota I believe. Can anyone help me out and tell me a little about him? I'm thinking about making a trade offer for him but I don't know much about this guy and don't really know what his value is.
Cuddyer has been a top prospect for several years, though his stock has dropped a little because his potential hasn't meant results yet. He should hit for a good, if not great, average. I think a high batting average will be his calling. He has pretty good power for a 2B and slightly below average pop for a corner infielder. He'll probably swipe a handful of bags.
He's a good value in my mind because he's a lock to be starting (unless he absolutely falls on his face) on a good team, he qualifies at every position, and he has all kinds of (as yet unfulfilled) potential.
I'm not just the president of the Cornbread Maxwell Fan Club, I'm also the only member.
Cuddyer was the heir apparent to right field after the numbers he put up in AAA in 2002:
.309 / .379 / .594 with 20 HR in just 330 AB. He also did well during the 2002 postseason. Since then he's been jerked around when he didn't instantly take the league by storm in the first week and a half of 2003, and hasn't been alowed to play regularly for even a two week period, let alone at a stable position. Now, finally, he'll be in the line-up everyday. And only has to worry about playing one poition (third).
Cuddyer does have upside. 25 homer upside. Batting infront of Rivas as he did on opening day, I wonder how much he'll get to hit though.
[quote="looptid"]Cuddyer does have upside. 25 homer upside. Batting infront of Rivas as he did on opening day, I wonder how much he'll get to hit though.[/quote]
I think that Cuddyer has fantastic value this year at 2nd. If he does indeed hit around .280 w/ around 20-25 hrs, those are great numbers at a very weak position. Add to that his multiple position elegibilities (great if you are in a HTH league) and he has great value this year.
I have been beating the Cuddyer drum so much, I am beginning to sound like Cornbread & Infante. 8-o
This kinda underscores for me the value that can be found at 2B. There are few 2B now that steal bases, and the top SB guy at 2nd will probably only swipe about 30. Ignoring SBs at this position and going for the very late round draft picks (Cuddyer probably undrafted in many shallower leagues) can lead to some great value.
I've done this with a couple teams, where I have a lot of stolen bases from the OF and grab a real late round 2B who is going to have strong numbers everywhere except the SB column.
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