Monday, September 13, 2010

Who Should Start in CF? Aaron Rowand vs. Cody Ross

Player A:Player B:
2010 Season: .231/ .284/ .3752010 Season: .261/ .315/ .392
Career: .276/.355/ .442Career: .263/.321/ .462
Career UZR/150 in CF: 7.6Career UZR/150 in CF: 0.8

Wow those choices are a real let down and don't inspire much confidence.

In the light of Andres Torres going in for an emergency appendectomy, the Giants replacements in house are not all that pretty.

The leading candidates are Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross, the more long shot guys would be Darren Ford or Eugenio Velez.

That's take a closer look at each

The Favorites:

Aaron Rowand:

The gamer.

Rowand was brought in 2008 to be the face of the franchise and in the eyes of Giants fans he has been a disappointment. His first 2 seasons were ok, not worth the big contract that he signed but still serviceable. This season, well that's a very different story. He has fallen off a cliff offensively hitting .231/ .284/ .375 in 320 at bats.

The one thing that Rowand still has going for him is that he still plays an above average Center Field. That being said he has no business being near the front of the Giants lineup where Bruce Bochy thinks he plays best.

Cody Ross:

The Broken Bat Triple Misplayer.

Ross was a waiver wire block that ended up joining the team. Turns out having a bunch of outfielders wasn't the worst thing in the world. Ross has been a steady offensive player but nothing special in his 4 big league seasons averaging an OPS+ of 117.75.

The one thing that will really hurt his chances is that in his short span with the Giants he hasn't gone crazy. Bruce Bochy frowns upon that. In addition Ross isn't the best rated CF according to Ultimate Zone Rating coming out at about average which will hurt team when the water buffalos are in the corner spots.

The Long shots:

Eugenio Velez:

The Man with the Iron Mitt.

The Giants love Velez but man there is nothing that would scare and bother me more then seeing Velez out in Center Field.

His Major League Equivalent (MLE) isn't anything special but it is better then Aaron Rowand: .258/ .300/ .355.

Darren Ford:

The Fleetfooted Base Stealer.

I doubt that Ford is really even considered but man he is fast. His minor league numbers are pretty underwhelming, his MLE: .207/ .256/ .291.





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