Thanks Rock, I was thinking McCaan would be great here however, I feel because I can take a bit of a gamble on either Martin/Soto/VMart falling to me or Iannetta putting up similar numbers to these guys, I may rather take a gamble on the huge upside Kemp offers, especially in a keeper. McCaan's been great 2 of 3 seasons but his minors averages also scare me and point me to his 2007 low average, while Kemp hit +320 and even +360 in some AA and AAA seasons. I realize McCaan is still young and at a thin position, but the upside of Kemp and the possibility he cuts his Ks and improves his numbers a bit more make me lean Kemp still I think? It should be easy for him to make up McCaan's 30 point difference this year, and then I would have a possible top guy to keep for years to come? Would I keep McCaan next year (we keep 6), I am not so sure...unless he turns into a Mike Piazza this year. Does this make sense?
I found these below Jonboy418...but Kemp hit leadoff with Manny on the team anyway right...or wait he was all over the place I think? If I were Torre I would have it Furcal, Martin, Kemp, Manny, Loney, Ethier this year tho no (or switch Ethier and Martin)? so that should help his numbers!
Thanks again for the input guys!!
"The presence of Ramirez in the L.A. lineup may have helped bump Kemp's numbers a little -- .284 batting average before Manny's arrival to .299 after, .444 slugging to .478"
"Matt Kemp had his best month in July, before Manny was acquired, putting together a .324/.402/.537 line. After Manny was acquired, Kemp put together respective monthly lines of .279/.299/.481 and .287/.347/.402. Ethier blew up, but that could just as likely be attributed to a random hot streak or a young player showing expected continued improvement."