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Another idiotic Jem


And thus more reasons to think chimpanzees run the editorial at ESPN.

Guess who made the list of names to watch in 2008?

Fred Lewis, OF, San Francisco Giants
Lewis doesn't have the star potential of the other players on this list, but he's the best of a mediocre lot of rookies and sophomores the Giants will give playing time this year. And he has the secondary skills to be at least an average corner outfielder.

Lewis doesn't have a single plus tool that would make him stand out as a prospect, which likely has hurt his cause with San Francisco over the past few years. His best skill is his patience at the plate, running deep counts and drawing enough walks to keep his OBPs over .360 for four straight years. He has moderate power, fringy for a corner outfielder but slightly above average in center. He's an above-average runner, but neither a burner nor a plus base stealer. His best path to an everyday role is in center field, but the Giants just gave Aaron Rowand too many years and too much money to play there, leaving Lewis to fight with Dave Roberts and Randy Winn, both inferior players, for playing time in a corner. So his biggest obstacle to breaking out in 2008 isn't something he can control.



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Notice they say nothing about his obnoxiously bad defense.

I found it curious that they said Lewis was superior to Roberts & Winn. Discuss?

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ESPN doesn't exactly have geniuses running the show, so I'm not surprised by their assessment.

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Why bring him up at all if he isn't any good (according to ESPN)?
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Nimbus, expanding on that... why did the leave out his most glaring weakness; teh D?

I mean seriously, the guy is worse with the glove than Adam Dunn with a tequila hangover.

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I have to agree with the heads over at ESPN. I personally like Lewis and think he may indeed surprise everyone. Yeah, his defense is lacking but I like his intensity and patience at the plate. Plus he has a little pop in his bat and has some wheels to get around the bases.

All in all, I'd really like to see Freddy Lew and Nate battle it out in Right Field all year long. However, to do that, Winn or Robets would have to get traded. Good luck to Sabean on that one.

Just sayin'

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Trade to the METS, baby!!! =D

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