Just wondering if anyone knows whether or not there's been talk of moving Grady out of the 1 hole in Cleveland. As his power continues to develop, solo shots are going to get frustrating. I understand conventional wisdom says it's good to have his speed at the top of the lineup, but it's probably less important statistically than most people attach to it, especially considering how much power he's already flashing (and flashed last year, XBH's leader and all that), and the replacement decent OBP guys there for that slot (Michaels, Nixon)
From a fantasy perspective, the 1 spot allows him to run, but prevents him from getting the elite rbi numbers that would vault him into the first round. I think he'd probably run a little less hitting #3, which would seem to be the logical place for him, but I think he'd still get his 15-20 sb's, and his rbi numbers would go through the roof. Let's move him down!!
I agree to a point, but who would take the top spot? Peralta? Nixon? Marte? Right now, I think Sizemore is ok where he's at, good OPS and SBs. Of course, this from the Indians standpoint, not a fantasy owner like myself.
I think long-term they have the #3 spot in mind for him. Seems like they have a kid they like in the minors who they think will be leading off in the next couple years. I could be totally mistaken though. In any case, I doubt he moves out of the leadoff spot this year.
I understand what you're saying, and my understanding of the Indian's player personnel to fill the leadoff slot is admittedly limited. My point may be more general about the role of a lead off hitter in baseball. With guys like Delucci and Michaels who can get on at a good clip, even Nixon, maybe the 20 steals and 5 or 10 extra runs that Grady will add at the slot are not as valuable as the runs he can drive in hitting two slots lower.
His situation is obviously not exactly the same as Soriano's, given that Grady is a better suited lead-off hitter than Alfonso, but similar arguments can be made in both situations I think.
Big Pimpin wrote:I think long-term they have the #3 spot in mind for him. Seems like they have a kid they like in the minors who they think will be leading off in the next couple years. I could be totally mistaken though. In any case, I doubt he moves out of the leadoff spot this year.
I'd definitely agree with this. I think he has the 3-hole in his future, but for now he is their best option at the leadoff spot, and he's doing so well there that is no reason to move him at this point when they lack another viable option.