rlee wrote:First of all, I don't think he's a lock to start in CF. But if he does, I think he'll be more reliable than REdman was. I think he can hit
.290 and give you 25-30 SB.
Redman was garbage, plain and simple. He was the streakiest freaking .280 hitter I've ever seen, and he never stole bases (could have been a McClendon thing but still).
All indications are that Duffy will be the starter in CF. They really don't have anyone else to play there. Left field in PNC is so cavernous that trusting C. Wilson, Burnitz, or anyone less speedy than Bay to play there is asking for trouble. One possibility is for Nate McClouth to be there, but I don't think he'll do as well as Duffy in ST (although I have read some hardcore Pirates fans think McLouth is better than Duffy). I also doubt Gerut would regularly start in CF as well...given his injury history, it's hard for me to figure he'll be playing for more than half the season anyway.
Duffy has hit for a good average at all minor league stops (.300+ all years except for one), and he is a very quick guy. He probably has the ability to steal 25-30 bases a year if given the chance. If the Pirates are lucky he has a Brady Clark-esque year except with more steals and less HR's.
I really want this guy to do well. He seems like he would be a great defensive player who can give the team speed and base stealing ability at the top of the order. He's also got a hard-nosed style that Pirates fans always seem to enjoy. I wouldn't be relying on him for fantasy baseball unless you need steals though.