the thing that makes me think he won't be 1st or even 2nd rounder next year is his seemingly declining power #s. from 23 last year, he's now on pace for around 15 60. even the SBs will slow down as he gets tired later on, as catchers start watching for him (he most likely won't keep up a 16-1 successful stolen bases ratio), etc.
so what does that come out to? a 15 40 SS? isn't that just furcal/rollins?
if he does get over 20 homers and get 50+ SBs though, then he's what carl crawford was always supposed to be, but hasn't become so far. in which case, i'd say he's a 2nd rounder next year, and if he does it again next year, 1st rounder the year after that.
[quote="Death To Funston!"]haha, good point thursday on the WHIR- cut me some slack it's my 2nd day
I whole heartedly agree that carl crawford is the most overrated thing since sliced bread, but i also think that this year's version of felipe is what the hype machine has projected for crawford all these years.quote]
Well, let's compare Crawford to Lopez, who by the way gets treated by Carlos Lee-no fbb cred but decent stats.
Crawford last 3 years stats
.281 .296 .301
.213 .242 .291
80 104 101
28 35 97
5 11 15
2 7 23
55 59 46
8 1 15
This is where the rubber really hits the road. Crawford is on an upward trend in every aspect of his game, and at 24 is headed for a big upswing. The better than average power and batting average and elite SBs are impossible to to match and that combo is what makes CC so much more valuable than any other SB guy. Lopez's statistics are nice, but Juan Uribe had that one nice year, and this guy reminds me of the 23 HR/75 RBI/283 average Uribe posted that year.
1st round? C'mon.[/b]
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