HanRam will give you good numbers when it comes to steals, and batting in front of Uggla and Miggy will help him rack up runs. I think his HR total last year was an abberation though and will come back to earth this season. I think he'll compare more to a Chone Figgins, lots of steals and average around .270 or .280 but not help a lot as far as power numbers go.
Drew on the other hand will do more on the HR/RBI side, at least in my opinion. He also benefits from playing his home games in Arizona and more hitter friendly parks in division games at Coors Field as well as to a lesser extent Dodger Stadium.
I think Hanley Ramirez will continue to hit for power. I say a career average between 20-25 hrs. I really think he could be as good as Jose Reyes. Hanley had 46 doubles last year to go along with his 17 hrs. At the young age of 23, more of those doubles will turn into homers, if you ask me.
I do agree that Drew is a safer bet to hit for a higher average, but for overall fantasy purposes, I prefer Hanley as the better future SS.
I don't like Brandon Wood as much as the other two. I don't think he'll be able to hit much above .270 at the ML level. I think he'll hit 30-35 hrs in his prime, which is a little more power than Drew.
Really last year for all the attention Jose Reyes got and deservedly so, HanRam put up almost identical numbers behind in RBI but that's it.
I have Ramirez as a keeper in my league, because I think he will improve his average if he can improve his plate discipline. I just think 20HR will be about his max for HR's espescially playing in cavernous Pro Player.
Brewcrew, what are the odds Ryan Braun starts the season with the big club? I have followed him since his days at The U, and would like to see him tear it up for the Brewers, except against my Redlegs that is.
Depends a little on the health of Corey Koskie, but not much.
Ryan Braun will start the year at AAA Nashville and if everything goes well, will be the Brewers 3B starting June 1st for good.
If Koskie isn't healthy, there is maybe a 10% chance that they'll start the year with Braun up in the bigs. Two reasons: #1 they can save a year on his arby clock if they wait to call him up until June 1st. #2 They want him to work on his defense at 3B.
In that case, Graffanino (R) and Counsell (L) would likely platoon at 3B until June 1st.
I'm not sure why there are questions about Braun handling 3B defensively. Wasn't he the starting SS for the Hurricanes?
No he was always a 3B. When he was there his defense was always ok. I can't think if any huge defensive gaffes from him during his time there.
You might be intersted to know that Rickie Weeks' younger brother Jemile was Freshmen AA at UM last season starting at 2B, starting off a little bit slower this year, but he'll come around. Doesn't have a whole lot of power or size, but he can hit and has some serious wheels.
by 05worldserieschamps » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:27 am
It has to be Drew or HRam. Ramierez is more developed at the big league level obviously, but Drew has a huge ceiling. I also like Tulowitski alot, i think he could be great.
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I was going off of what Ramirez has done thusfar and what little bit Drew has done on the major league level.
I didn't read your post saying you wanted Wood compared to all of them, I just thought you meant best keeper SS, I also assumed you meant this year. And with Wood either being a late season call up or not arriving until '08 I thought the 2 with starting jobs would be more viable.