Friday, March 25, 2011

Reed Johnson and Darwin Barney make the Cut

I'm not too familiar with Darwin Barney. He seems to be good enough defensively to fill in wherever needed. Offensively he's high-contact low-power guy. His average was only .249 last year with an OBP on the wrong side of .300. Going forward, I see him hitting for a much higher average [.270?] because of his contact abilities, but .300 doesn't seem likely. He will probably bat 7th or 8th when he plays.

I'm a big fan of Reed Johnson. He's not good enough to be an everyday player (sorry) but he is a lefty masher and a solid defender. He should have usefullness, manning right field vs lefties. Masher may be a bit of an overstatement, he will not hit many homers against lefties but has been historically high average, high OBP vs southpaws. He could maybe even be a better lead-off man than Jeff Baker.

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