Originally Posted by Daver
He's not that good an offensive player either, doesn't hit for average, doesn't know how to take a walk, strikes out a lot, not a threat on the basepaths if he does manage to get on, I really don't see why people put so much value into a ballplayer with very limited skills.
How am I putting so much value on him? It's not like I've compared him to Frank Thomas or something. I've even said in this thread it isn't clear yet whether he'll develop into a middle-of-the-order hitter at the major-league level.
I just think it is unfair to assume he is a finished product at age 23, especially since he has improved since joining the Sox organization.
Two years from now, he might be a good offensive player. And, as much crap as you and others give him for his defense, I'll take him in LF over Juan Pierre any day of the week. I'd take him over Carlos Quentin or Carlos Lee, too, from a defensive standpoint. As sully stated, an accurate, strong arm is an important skill in outfield play.