stumpak wrote:It is a little silly to compare Ellsbury to Ichiro. Frankly, I have about had it with overhyped Yankee and Red Sox prospects. Yes Ellsbury will probably develop into a very good MLB player and amy even be a major start, but to compare him to a guy who is perhaps the best hitter in baseball (depending on how you define this) after 10 weeks of service ridiculous. For fantasy purposes I avoid all Red Sox and Yankee prospects unless I happen to luck into owning them. They are just too overvalued by fantasy owners because of the media markets they play in and you can find guys with similar potential on other teams for pennies on the dollar. If I owned Ellsbury in a keeper format I would trade him.
You could probably lump the Mets into this category as well.
I generally agree with you but not in this case. I haven't really heard a thing about Ellsbury very much...which is kinda why I brought it up. I'm definately not a BoSox/Yankee "overhyper" by any means. My thread title may be a bit over the top, I admit, but I personaly don't see alot of difference between the two. While the .30 or so points difference in the avg is a decent margin I don't see it quite the same as I would if we were comparing a .270 hitter and a .300 hitter (.30 difference) But if Boston doesn't plan to run him like BigKen mentioned above then this comparison goes down the drain.
With all that said I likely won't own either as I rarely get players who are primarily speed guys so don't take this as I'm all goo goo over the guy, not at all! I'm just after discussion.
My initial thoughts, depending on if Ellsbury would run often.
Avg = goes in Ichiros favor by .30pts or so (though this varies so much, who knows?)
HR = wash
RBI = wash
Runs = Slight edge (5-10 more) based on better offense
SB = I gave Ellsbury 5-10 more without knowing how much they would run him but he has the speed to steal 40+ on a regular basis. If it looks like Boston won't run him that much then, like I said, this comparison doesn't look as good.
But to me, like I said, the .30pts difference isn't quite the dominating factor when the other guy is still a .300 hitter. This is all "potential" and just predictions on what Ellsbury "may" become but its fun to look at and when you can get Ellsbury 4-5 rounds later in the draft and get very similar production save your early round picks on the "heavy" hitters.
Anyway, lighten up a bit stumpak. I'm just diggin up conversation as these boards are really slowing down!