kab21 wrote:I guess I'm skeptical that he'll be a .300 hitter with 20 Hr's. I see him around .280 and 15HR's. And I've always regarded Derosa as low-tier but startable 2B/3B.
That's fair, I'm with you, I think that's a reasonable projection. My only disagreement was with the argument that his "upside" wouldn't do much for fantasy. As a career .296 hitter with 18 HR in 405 ABs, I think it's fair to suggest he has the potential to be a .300 hitter with 20+ HR given the full time job as he has now. Toss in 80+ RBIs hitting 5th behind Braun and Fielder, and his upside as a fantasy MI is pretty solid. My projection for him is closer to yours though. I'm maintaining a healthy skepticism for now...though I do start him at 2B in my NL-only league.
I think being a AAAA player is sort of harsh, even for his downside. I think at worst he's a backup infielder/ pinch hitter when Gamel takes his job.
I see this idea tossed around a lot, but again, there are a lot of scouts who are pretty certain Gamel won't stick at 3rd, and all the defensive metrics support that. I think he's at least as likely to be a long term replacement for Fielder or Hart as he is to being the answer at 3B.