Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Asdrubal Cabrera vs Ian Desmond - Who Would You Rather Have?

With statistics this close over the last 3 seasons, it is hard to argue who is more valuable, Asdrubal Cabrera or Ian Desmond.  But when looking at the average draft position, you might want to wait a bit on the SS position and land Cabrera in the new look Indians offense.  Unless your league values stolen bases above normal, which Desmond has the advantage, there is nothing Desmond can do that Cabrera can't.

Asdrubal will be hitting second in the Cleveland Indians lineup behind Michael Bourn and in front of Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana.  He can add 35 doubles, 15 homers, 70 RBI and a .270 batting average to your team later in drafts.

Ian Desmond has something rare at the SS position which is both speed and power.  Hanley Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins were the only other eligible SS to hit 20 homer and steal 20 bases.  When hitting 6th last season, which is where he is slated to bat for the Washington Nationals, Desmond hit .312 over 250 ABs.

In Yahoo Leagues, instead of taking Desmond, you can have Ben Zobrist and his multiple position flexibility or Mat Latos!  Instead of taking Cabrera you can have Trumbo, who also provides flexibility and Fernando Rodney.

This is one of the tougher Who Would You Rather Have!

Average Draft Position:
  • Asdrubal Cabrera
    • Mock Draft Central - 129.71
    • MDC Experts- 85.1
    • Yahoo - 100.9
  • Ian Desmond
    • Mock Draft Central - 90.4
    • MDC Expert - 73.6
    • Yahoo - 69.2


Asdrubal Cabrera (2010-2012)ABRH2B3BHRRBIBBHBPSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Total1540196420835441891212227832130.2730.3330.4190.752
As LHB10410279514331318219205000.2680.3310.4200.751
As RHB4990141321115839373000.2830.3360.4170.753
vs. Left499581413211158393731270.2830.3360.4170.753
vs. Right10411382795143313182192052060.2680.3310.4200.751
Home759902094112510065151411770.2750.3440.4310.775
Away78110621142419895671371560.2700.3220.4070.729
Pre All-Star7981142314852610064111311560.2890.3500.4600.810
Post All-Star74282189350188957111471770.2550.3150.3750.690


Ian Desmond (2010-2012)ABRH2B3BHRRBIBBHBPSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Total1622196439871143187931236163210.2710.3130.4170.730
vs. Left384501052631342271821360.2730.3210.4580.779
vs. Right123814633461830145661127950150.2700.3100.4050.715
Home811102213346319848816529130.2630.3080.4340.742
Away8119422653512894541963480.2790.3170.4010.718
Pre All-Star9331112385082610948420639100.2550.2920.4090.701
Post All-Star68985201373177845815524110.2920.3400.4280.768

So based on their ADP, which shortstop would you rather have?  Let us know who you vote for in the comments section!
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