CBMGreatOne wrote:i think he can be a solid 3rd of, but i think .300/25/25 is the max. i think .280 20 hr 18ish sb is what you could expect from him. a good comparison for him would be eric byrnes, just alittle worse.
Just my personal opinion, but I don't see Byrnes's upside as being palpably higher than Rowand's. Rowand is in a potentially sick lineup and has the tools to hit .300 and steal 20 bags. In that lineup, and in that park, there's no reason he can't get to 25 HRs.
If he hit .300 and got 600 ABs, I'd say he'd go 100/100 also.
At any rate, I think he has a better shot to hit .300 than Byrnes.
You think Rowand is streaky...
I agree with most of what you are saying. Except the 100/100 comment. He won't get that high. Maybe 90-90.
I actually think Rowand has more potential then Byrnes. I believe Rowand will have the better year, for the simple fact that he hits for a much better BA.. This will make him the better player. There power and speed are comprable. Byrnes is a career 262 hitter. Rowand is a career 282 hitter. Not to mention what was already stated, he's on a much better offensive ballclub.
I hope Rowand pulls off the 20-20 this year, but in reality I think he's more likely to hit 20+ hrs then he is to steal 20+ bags. Mainly because he's a #7 hitter. If he can keep his BA up close to 300 this season while getting 500+ ab's he could be a very valuable player. Not to mention keeping up the good plate discipline. (I'm loving the increase in walks) Rowand has 11 walks in 74 ab's this season. That's a lot considering he only walked 18 all of last year in 405 ab's.