jackie hayes wrote:Convince me I'm wrong -- why is Cooper worthless in any league?
Because the bar for offense at 1B is ridiculously high. Replacement level
is .270, 70 runs, 75 RBI, 20 HR, 4 SB.
You can literally grab 1B who'll produce that line in the last round of your draft, or off the WW, anytime. Unless you're in the deepest of leagues, there are way more replacement-level 1B than there are teams that could possibly want them.
If this Cooper guy gets SS eligibility, then we can talk. Until then, he's a point of interest in only an incredibly deep league. Oh, and Las Vegas is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the minors. Hitting .350 there, even with great power, doesn't mean a lot. Ever heard of Rich Poythress? Ever seen him on a top 100 list, or a Mariners top 10? No? What if I told you he led the entire minor leagues last year with 130 RBI? Hit 31 HR? .315 / .381 / .580? He did that in the California League, with High Desert as his home park. You have to understand that there are environments in the minors that inflate offense, A LOT. Not to say that Poythress can't hit, because he obviously can. It's just that no-glove, all-bat 1B/DH guys have to clear a monumentally higher bar with their bat than anyone else, just to be middling.