so when he hits .300+ for half a season total in a 9 year career, yeah, i'd say that's an anamoly. i guess that's just "dumb" though, huh?
Yes, it's an anomaly, but it's still part of his composite production, if anything SHOULDN'T be discarded it's his top end production, because that is what factors most into the composite.
Just as he hit .280 in the second half of '05, so he hit .380 in the first half. Taken as a whole, you still have a huge, half-season-inclusive composite.
Removing his best production from the composite is even more consequential than removing his worst production, so as long as we're throwing stats out the window, let's throw away all prior Aprils, and then we'll get a .300 hitter over the past 8 or 9 years.
I get what you're saying, you're saying if you expect that D. Lee is gonna be what he was in 2005, you are setting yourself up for disappointment, but your argument is predicated on removing that half-season entirely, which is just not fair to Derrek, not to mention to the intent to make a lucid point.
He probably won't have quite as good a season as he did in 2005, but he is still a 3rd round value at the least, and is in NO WAY the same hitter that hit .280 for his career in Florida.