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Field wrote:I'm talking strictly for fantasy purposes. Most prospect rankings out there factor in defense to their rankings, but, as we know, defense has nothing to do with fantasy baseball. As a result, some of the better defensive prospects get over-valued due to name recognition. Who are some of these guys?
Steve-o wrote:Well, according to the defensive metrics I linked to above, the following players are significantly better than their counterparts defensively (and thus, probably over-valued for fantasy purposes). I only posted the guys who probably fall within your top 100.
I also thought the converse might be true as well. If a prospect is very bad defensively, then he much be that much better offensively to make up for it. Here is a list of guys who are significantly worse defensively then their peers (and thus, should probably be bumped up a bit for your fantasy drafts).
Obviously, I am not going to adjust some of these players too much, but it is good info to know. There's also probably a difference between perception and reality with some of those guys.
Grounded Polo wrote:Eh, I wouldn't want to bump Mat Gamel up that much, he's like god awful atrocious defensively, he supposedly makes Ryan Braun look passable at third and he's blocked at 1b and LF.
BJ Upton's bat was ready in '05 but he didn't get a full time job until '07 because he was so bad defensively until they finally moved him to CF where he belonged ages ago. Considering how brilliant a prospect he was, a far lesser guy like Gamel could see his ETA pushed back over a season if he can't find a position to play.
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