You might have thought that there was a legitimate, competitive competition for the starting second base gig for the Colorado Rockies. You might have thought the two candidates for the job were Josh Rutledge and DJ LeMahieu.
You thought wrong. Manager Walt Weiss will play DJ LeMahieu, and there is nothing you can say to stop him. The real question is this: is that a bad thing?
Stats and Projections
- 2013 stats: 109 games, 434 PA, .280/.311/.361, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 18 SB, .673 OPS, 10 DRS, 0.8 fWAR
- 2014 PECOTA: 427 PA, .282/.318/.374, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 12 SB, .244 TAv, 3 FRAA, 1.2 WARP
- 2014 Oliver: 600 PA, .289/.325/.381, 4 HR, 51 RBI, 24 SB, 1.4 WAR
- 2014 Steamer: 439 PA, .295/.333/.391, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB, 1.0 WAR
- 2014 ZiPS: 609 PA, .286/.320/.376, 4 HR, 52 RBI, 17 SB, 0.9 zWAR
- Hayden Projections: too many times batting lead-off or second in the lineup
Ruling: Stoic, tired of you saying that he’s not that good at baseball.
I think the prevailing question with LeMahieu has to do with his true value. He will probably play good defense and have a batting average close to .300. So what’s the problem? Let’s take a closer look at the good, the bad, and the unknown with the probable second baseman.