AT wrote:Give me a break. Juan Rivera. LOL. Even after last night he's got 3 homers 12 RBI and he's hitting .255 and he's 0 for 1 in SBs.
Just because a guy is getting playing time, or is 27 years old, or has a very good arm, or is batting in whatever spot in the lineup he is, doesn't mean he's useful, a sleeper, or going to have a breakout year, or even that he has potential.
27 Year old players don't have potential. 27 is when you're supposed to be in your prime. But when you've never done anything in your career and you're not a regular player, you're not going to have this breakout productive year.
He's just not good guys. Get off it.
First of all, no one said I was making him my #1 or #2 OF. He is my #5 OF in a deep league. Second of all, he just came off the DL so his HR and RBI totals are low. He was highly touted coming up in the Yankees system and of course was blocked by high-priced FA's. He always hit well in the minors. He has never been given a chance to get 450-500 AB's. In '04 for Montreal, he hit .306 12 HR 49 RBI in 391 AB. In '05 for LAA, he hit .271 15 HR 59 RBI in 41 less AB's than in '04. He is now hitting in a good spot in the lineup, raising his RBI chances obviously.
As far as age 27 goes, where have you been??? There is plenty of evidence that many major league hitters have their break out season at the age of 27. Check out the numbers. I'm not saying he is going to turn into Gary Sheffield, but given a full-time shot, I can see .280-.290 20 HR's 70-80 RBI's as very good possibility.