IF (note the "if") he steals 50, does that make him as valuable as pierre?
hitting 2nd in that lineup basically locks up 110+ runs and 60 rbis in my opinion. the hits might fluctuate between 170 to 180, and the homers will be less than 10, but a 110+ 60 and 40 SBs .300 avg seems awfully good to me.
As a Figgins owner, I'm hopeful. According to scouts, he is one of the fastest guys in baseball, and the reason he didn't go over 40 last year is because he hadn't developed the proper baserunning instincts. He was thrown out 13 times last year after all. With another year under his belt, I'm hoping his numbers go up, and the Angels will certainly keep spitting in the face of Moneyball.
I can see him hitting 40 sb's with some realism, he's already up to 12.
As for being as valuable as Pierre, I wouldn't be too quick to smoke that particular herbal supplement. Pierre will start running soon enough, and he is guaranteed a spot at the top of the Marlins lineup. Figgins is battling for time, that question has been pushed to the background by his recent emergence. Scoscia might have expressed his desire to keep him in the lineup with kennedy's return, but if Figgins retuns to his early season slumps, he'll be behind McPhearson and Kennedy on the depth chart.
However, I will say that he does have one advantage over Pierre, namely that he has eligibility EVERYWHERE, most importantly 2b. A second baseman with 100 runs, 55 rbis, .297 avg, 40+ steals, and a handful of homeruns seems pretty good in a position that scarce.
i've left an offer on the table of figgins for billy wagner to this one team for a while, but he hasn't responded. i'm not sure if it's because he's insulted or if it's because he hasn't been checking.
his ss right now is jack wilson.
i'm wondering if i should raise the incentive for him and offer my ss furcal.
by JustAnotherYanksFan » Wed May 04, 2005 11:12 pm
If Figgins steals 50+, there's no question that he'd be more valuable than Pierre. In fact, he'd probably be a borderline first-rounder. He's basically a .290-.300 hitter. His power is somewhat limited, but he'll probably still get 50-65 RBI along with 5-10 HR. Plus, he'll score a ton of runs hitting in front of Vlad, Garret Anderson, and Finley. Tack on 55 steals, add eligibility at 2B, 3B, SS, and CF (in Yahoo leagues), and you've basically got first-round value. About the same as Crawford, I'd say, with less power but more overall value due to position eligibility.
But will he actually steal 50+ bases? I'm skeptical, but the Angels have shown that they basically love to run. To me, it seems odd that he has so many stolen bases when he's hitting in front of Vlad and Garret Anderson, and if he gets caught a few more times, I suspect they might become a bit more cautious, since it's a little frustrating to waste a baserunner in front of such good hitters.