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…and Adrian Beltre Still Sucks.

July 27, 2015

Which one’s the second round pick?

Adrian Beltre (3B only): 313 AB, 81 H, .300 OBP, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 25 XBH, 1 SB, 41 R

Jung-Ho Kang (3B/SS): 259 AB, 74 H, .363 OBP, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 21 XBH, 5 SB, 33 R

It’s a trick question, kids! Neither one of them is worth a second round pick. But Kang was drafted #302 overall and I found him on the wire a couple weeks later (I do have 80% of his AB). And the wire is exactly where Beltre should be today. There’s no upside to a busted thumb on a 58-year-old corner infielder whose get-up-and-go has got up and went.

Most people in this situation would rather have Kang in the shortstop slot and try to fill 3B with a player who can hit 25 bombs. Arenado has 25 already, and he two rounds after Beltre. Machado has 21, and 14 steals besides… and he went 50 spots after Arenado.

Sometimes, you just need to walk away.


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