i dont really know. i guess if you look at the overall rankings guys like pettitte, miller, zambrano, maddux and kim are kinda close. in practical terms i have him on the bench of a couple of my teams and havent been able to move him for anything. 3b is kinda deep and he ranks near the bottom of many peoples top 10. since i am in 12 team leagues people dont really feel like paying too much to upgrade from say dmitri young to ensberg. at least not at this point anyway. maybe if he starts off the season well.
Upside? He's older than Lance Berkman. He should be in the last half of his career by now, not his sophomore year. He's a career minor leaguer. He was pampered last year and only faced lefties and favourable righties while Blum did the dirty work. You guys can have him. He might hit 30 HR's, but he'll have a sub 300 BA, not a lot fo RBI, and not a lot of steals. I'll let the people who project his numbers over a full season have him for the price he's going for.
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Well, calling him a career minor league player isn't exaclty right. He spent less that 4 years there. His age is a reflection that he played college baseball. And I don't think it is correct to say he was pampered against difficult righties. The platoon sitaution had nothing to do with his ability to hit righties. He had close to 300abs vs righties and hit .281 with 18hrs (out of 25) against them. If anything, he played more vs lefties than Blum did b/c blum hit them about as well as you or I could (.135). Truth is, there was absolutely nor reason for a platoon situation, but for Jimmy Williams being a moron. Same reason that Jason Lane hasn't gotten a shot yet.
True, he may not hit .300, but a .285/30+hr 3B puts him on the same level as rolen and chavez (if he reaches those numbers). No he won't drive in 100 runs, but if he hits 30 hrs he'll drive around 85 and hitting second he should score 100. Throw in 10 sbs and it's a pretty solid package. There is obviously soe risk, but he could pay off nicely.
The reason does matter, since it seems like you were suggestign that his stats were padded last year and that having to face "tougher righties" this year would lead to a decline in numbers.
I wouldn't call 27 old, but you do have a point. 2 yrs ago, when he first came up, he was touted inthe same vein as H Blalock. They both failed miserably in their first year and both played well last year.
Like I said, he is risky (though, not for the reasons you mentioned, IMO) but could pay off nicely. I owuldn't say there are a lot of 3B better than him.
as for hitting 2nd...that's where all "projected lineups" have him and where he hit a lot last year.