luckygehrig wrote:I'm almost tempted to say Byrnes could reproduce these numbers next year, but he seems too streaky to be reliable at all.
yes, usually i won't be tempted by guys who sign new contracts, but byrnes actually managed to raise his SB rate after signing the contract i think. he stole 33 in the 2nd half although vs the 17 in first half although his average dipped. i think byrnes is one of those guys who can only play in one mode, all out so i don't think i'll group him as one of those guys who take it easy after the new contract. however, i don't see it likely that he top his 07.
one thing that worries me is that after arizona moved him to the 3 hole from leadoff, he didn't perform quite as well in terms of power and average (for some strange reason, he stole almost double the bases as a 3 hole hitter than leadoff). he was at his best as a leadoff man in 07, and since chris young will likely keep the leadoff spot it worrys me a bit that byrnes will be in the 3 hole.
ultimately, i think byrnes is best maximized by selling him high by the AS break, just like bonderman.