Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Who Would You Rather Have?

An all or nothing power hitter or a guy who will hit the ball into the gaps and hits for average?

This week we have Adam Dunn vs. Billy Butler




Why Dunn
2010 Stats - .260 38HR 103RBI .356OBP .536SLG

  • 3 years in a row of 38+ home runs and over 100 rbi's. (average 38.6 and 102.6)
  • Averages 105 BBs the last 3 seasons
  • Hits in a strong White Sox lineup and has Konerko as protection
  • Hit into a total of 25 double plays in last 4 years
  • Only missed significant time in 2003
Why Not Dunn
  • Averaging 180 K's over the past 3 seasons
  • .250 career hitter
  • 2 SB and 2 triples over his last 3 seasons
  • Entering his 11th MLB season

Why Butler
2010 Stats - .318AVG 15HR 78RBI .388OBP .469SLG

  • Career .299 hitter (.318 in 2010, .301 in 2009) averaging continues to rise
  • 96 doubles over the last two seasons, only 181 K's
  • 183+ hits the last two seasons
  • Only 24 years old and has a LOT of potential

Why Not Butler
  • Not a lot of offensive helo in the Royals lineup
  • Kauffman Stadium is not a hitters ballpark
  • Hit into 32 double plays in 2010
  • No speed
For now I'm going with Dunn.  However Butler's potential has been hyped for a long time now and it seems like each year he's getting closer and closer to reaching it.  Unfortunately he plays in a tough ballpark to hit, and plays for an awful Royals team.  The Royals need to get him help in that lineup, or he has to move on to another team for him to reach his full potential.  With Dunn you know exactly what your going to get, 40 HRs 100RBIs and a .250 average.

So who would you rather have?

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