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Monday, September 26th, 2016

2006 REVIEW: JUAN PIERRE

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Quick: What’s a player with an OPS of .719?

Give up? He’s a player with an OPS of .719.

See, Juan Pierre is reaching one of those magical numbers that makes people think you are awesome. He’s going to get 200 or more hits in his 1st season as a Cub.

He’ll also tally 32 2Bs, 13 3Bs and 57 SBs and whatever else he does here at the end. His average is currently .291.

He’s played in every game and he hasn’t made an error in the outfield.

All of this sounds so good. Until you consider that he will make close to 500 outs this year. Add in his caught stealing and that pushes it past 500. He will have close to 700 ABs. And he has walked only 32 times. He doesn’t see enough pitches per plate appearance and he likely has the worst arm in MLB.
He’s a decent player. He’s not at all a stud player. The Cubs were desperate for a leadoff hitter and they sent 3 minor leaguers to get him. And he might not even be here next year.

His numbers are decent. But for a leadoff hitter I need someone who will see more pitches and draw more walks. I like Pierre. If he comes back that will be fine. But if it’s anything the least bit outrageous, enjoy your new team.

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