So Byrnes is having a career year this year for the DBacks. He's an impressive 5-tool player who has been hitting for good average, decent power and high SBs. His walks and OPS are up over last year. So is he just having a really good year, or has he matured at the plate (at age 31) enough to expect these kinds of numbers for the next couple of years?
Where does he rank in the OF? Should he be mentioned in the same breath as Vlad, CLee, Sizemore, Holliday, Soriano, Maggs, Beltran, Bay, Craw and Hunter? In other words, is he a Top 10 OFer going forward?
We have to wait and see how he produces during his historically worst two months of his career, August and September stats are gaudy.
At this time I expect Byrnes is being used as a #3 OF on many fantasy teams. If he produces decent number, above what his history tells us, then I would possibly consider playing him as my #2 outfielder next season.
IMO, He is definitely not a number 1 option in the OF tiers next year! We would have to see one more year of solid production but he is getting a bit old so a decline could be expected. Just look at Raul Ibanez!
imo, he's probably playing for a contract and won't steal as many bases and hit as many bombs once he lands a big contract, ala soriano. i think he'll finish the season better than he historically does, but he won't be able to live up to this year's #s in 08.
Interesting question. Byrnes has definitely surprised this year ... but IMHO he's gotta finish strong or at least steady over the next months to make a believer out of me. I've picked him up in the middle (or the END!) of a hot streak in years past only to get, um, Byrned.
Bully for Byrnes if he can pull it off. But please, Eric, stay out of the radio & TV broadcast booth !!!!
it's his righty/lefty splits that have me baffled. had i drafted him in any league, i'm sure i would have tried to sell high a while ago
He entered the 2007 season with career lines of .242/.295/.410 versus RHP and .300/.362/.527 versus LHP. His current season line is .323/.374/.497 versus RHP and .263/.360/.535 versus LHP. The 31-year-old Byrnes has appeared in every game thus far for the Diamondbacks and is on pace for 197 H, 98 R, 24 HR, 91 RBI, and 41 SB, of which all but the HR total would be career highs
RyanK wrote:I work sundays afternoons and watch fox sunday baseball and before the game theres always a half hour or so of a baseball talk show, and Byrnes has a 5 min sketch he does and talks about players in the league, he seems like an extremley odd dude, but really into baseball. Just curious what other people have seen that and any thoughts
he was born in redwood city, ca, which is next to san carlos (where i live). i actually saw him in my favorite sports bar (BBC in menlo park) during last football season. he used to be on KNBR (san francisco) a lot when he played with the A's - he was definitely a bit goofy, but not necessarily in a bad way. he was just always cracking jokes and telling funny non-baseball stories about teammates, other players, etc. it seemed like he really was a happy-go-lucky guy and loved playing baseball