shortsavage wrote:I'd take Hermida. After Hermida's 2007 season, Butler will be so far behind him that some of you will try to forget what you wrote in this thread.
Ha! I understand you are trying to make a point, but that is FAR too bold. You do realize that Butler is, quite possibly, the best hitter in the minors right now, right? I would assume so. The one guy I would put in front of him is Gordon, and one could argue Delmon, but this guys approach is equal to that of a veteran. He knows how to hit. Throw in some very good pop, and this is a .320-35 guy. Hermida is probably a .280-20-15 guy. I don't see how hitting .280 with an .875 OPS is going to make us forget about Butler when, as a 21 year old, Butler will probably hit .330 with an OPS around .900 in AAA. I would love to see how many hitters posted a .900 OPS in AAA, let alone how many guys under the age of 22. I bet that list is fairly short.
As for his defense, it is more than passable. He could easily play an corner in the Bigs, and he'd be better than guys like Manny. Whether he DH's or not, I guarantee he will get a sufficient amount of OF starts to qualify him at the position.
And this is for fantasy purposes, so all that matters is the offense. If you can afford to go without Hermida for '07, then I would definitely stick with Butler.