If Beltran had resigned in Houston, or went to another friendly lineup in a friendly ballpark, I might be able to see why people have him ranked at number 1 or 2 on their cheatsheets. But this guy goes to a fairly weak lineup in the Mets, in a bad hitter's park at Shea.
The guy has hit over 30 homers once in his career (last year) and spent most of his time in the bandbox in Houston. How many RBIs will he get on the Mets, when he barely clears 100 in a lineup consisting of Bagwell, Biggio, Berkman, Kent, etc? His steals are really the only thing that makes him appealing to me.
He's a great player, and is still a first round selection, but IMO, signing with the Mets knocked him down to a later 1st round pick. I don't see him doing much more than 30-100-.280 with 20-30 steals. That's very solid production, but not when you match it against Pujols, A-Rod, Vlad, etc.
Not to mention he has to deal with the NY media, and he doesn't seem like the type of guy who will fit in right away. He could be off to a slow start in NY like many players have in the past, again, hurting his overall production.
Shea is a much better park than Houston or Kauffman, I don't see the problem everybody else is seeing. Houston is a killer for HR (worst in the majors) and BA on lefties. So is Kauffman. Shea inflates BA for lefties. Yeah, his HR will be hurt by playing there, but not nearly as much as the were in Kauffman and MM Park last year. You can do a search for my name and Beltran and you'll find enough of my opinions, but just thought I'd add it here so people don't think going to Shea is going to hurt him compared to last season.
Look at his home/away numbers if you want. His away were much much better all around; power, average, and stolen bases. If he played all 159 games on the road last year, he'd have hit .305 with 45 HR and 51 SB's. Who are all the people saying he can't hit for power and average at the same time, again? But do I expect thsoe numbers? No, that's too small a sample size to project over a whole season. .295, 35 HR, and 50 SB's seems reasonable. With those numbers, I doubt anybody would top him in fantasy value. But you guys can continue to take A-Rod and Vlad over him in drafts, I won't mind especially if I have the #3 4 pick.
Last edited by LBJackal on Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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First of all, the actual HRindex for LH in Houston is 60 compared to 90 for Shea. A surprising difference that many don't know about. I realize he's a switch hitter but most of his AB will be as a lefthander....
Also... BAindex for LH in Houston is 93 compared to 105 at Shea. KC's stadium is at 75 and 96 respectively for HR and AVG. This leads me to believe his BA will actually increase, HR's will stay about the same. Only big question to me is how much he steals. If he gets to 45 or so then he could be the #1 fantasy player. I expect that to drop to around 30 or 35 with his new contract signing which is why I have him at #3 slightly behind Pujols and Vlad and clearly a tier ahead of the others.
BTW Here is the site I used to find the park factors.