I agree that he was OVERhyped, but I can see why he was hyped in the first place.
For three consecutive years, 1998-2000, he averaged over 150 games, over 550 ab's, OBP over .350, 25 HR, and 90 RBI. That's pretty darn good. Apparently he hit a wall in his development.
I wasn't surprised that his stats went down in TB, but I was surprised that he regressed. I wonder if it was something in his head.
When we're talking about deep sleepers, isn't this the kinda guy we'd talk about? I mean what would we have told someone last year who said Jose Guillen was a good sleeper candidate? Guillen did jack squat in his career, while at least Grieve has shown something before, and not only that, but showed it consistently for three straight years.
If it is his head, I bet Milwaukee could be just the thing for him. Zero pressure. Maybe that's why Sexson could flourish. We have yet to see Sexson in a pressure environment
There was most definitely pressure on Grieve both in Oakland to be this super prospect turned stud, and in Tampa Bay for unrealistically being considered a possible offensive savior along with Greg Vaughn.
Would it really be that surprising to see Grieve, if healthy, put together a season of 20 HR 80 RBI with a 350 OBP? As others have said, I think he would be a fine flyer in the late rounds in deep leagues. I mean how often can you get a flyer that plays full time? Okay, ....I'm assuming there