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sinicalypse wrote:.... and what I wonder is like, if the team that has him IRL wasn't ready to make him an everyday 500+ AB starter after his breakout 2009 season, then who exactly is ready to do that?
The guy has over 1000 MLB PA with a .274 BA and 39 HR and 2B elligibility in Yahoo. So I think he can hit and he has value.
He was going to start last year until the Tigers decided to sign Damon. His biggest competition for AB this year is Brennan Boesch.
MTUCache wrote:sinicalypse wrote:.... and what I wonder is like, if the team that has him IRL wasn't ready to make him an everyday 500+ AB starter after his breakout 2009 season, then who exactly is ready to do that?
I'm still on the fence about Raburn, both as a fantasy owner and as a Tigers fan... but I will say that there's a lot more that went into those decisions than just his hitting line.
First, the Tigers have been a little confused lately about how to put new talent through the organization. Since the Pudge, Ordonez, Guillen signings (and the WS appearance that they essentially bought) they've transitioned from overpaying for veterans (i.e. Sheff) to trading away youth to dumber GMs (i.e. the MCab deal), to finally loading up on players who haven't quite got what it takes to make it in the big leagues.
Second, signing Damon and Peralta last year (both questionable signings) really put a roadblock on all of their available positions other than 2B (which Sizemore/Rhymes are supposed to be battling it out for).
Third, they've had so many "kids" audition for the few spots that are available that they have never really gotten a good look at any of them. Clete Thomas seemed to be Leyland's favorite for a while, then Boesch had a good spring, Don Kelly and Casper Wells have deserved a look for a while.
Over the past few seasons, Raburn's bat has put him at the top of that class. His glove has held him back, but unless they were prepared to enter the Crawford/Werth sweepstakes this offseason they were going to have to pick one of them. Raburn has gotten the nod for now, and Leyland has historically been pretty loyal once he's committed to one guy.
Fantasy-wise, I don't have many questions about his bat... I do wonder whether he'll go into a two week slump, make a few errors, and then lose out to one of the other guys who's mashing AAA. I'd say there's at least a 50% chance of that happening. But, if it doesn't, a full-season of production out of Raburn (at 2B/MI no less) would be a positive thing for any fantasy team.
sinicalypse wrote:PREACH ON MY BROTHER! While I love Peralta as a floor for the SS position this season (i.e. if you can take the ~.250 average hit his perennial ~15/80 is not bad @ the SS position... I wouldn't do it @ 3B but SS? works) but I don't get what the tigers are doing. Boesch is likely to be more of the flash in the pan, but Rayburn deserves a full shot to play some position... the guy posted back to back .800+ OPSes, hell, he was right near a .900 OPS after 2009 and instead you had to play other guys?
Maybe Leyland really needs a cigarette, eh?
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