Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Requiem for D-Wright

If I can speak to Tremont's assertion that David Wright "has been a pretty run-of-the-mill 3rd baseman for a significant stretch now." The thing with Wright is that while he projects as a 35HR candidate, that's never been the bulk of his scouting potential. And the things that he has traditionally been lauded for (2-strike hitting, instincts in the field, baserunning, hitting the ball to opposite field) continue to bear returns. That hitting streak was a bit of a crock, but also a testament to his ability to persevere (cliche, I know), despite the power outage. Wright has been particularly good in the field this year, been a leader and has had a good sense of humor about the homer-less streak ("The countdown is on" he quipped this week.) And while I'm a bit alarmed (though frankly Delgado's lack of homeruns worries me more, he's pushing 36 years) I'm not lowering expectations. The more indicative truth: Jose Reyes has lapped Wright in terms of development. Something I I didn't think I'd ever write in the summer of 2005.

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