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Ellsbury one of the most overrated players in baseball
27x World Series Champs
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Ellsbury when healthy.
And don't take this as Im sticking up for Ellsbury, I don't like either of them personally, and I wish Ellsbury would have been traded when his value was high.
But this is alot closer then some think.
Ellsbury has played in 349 games, and has a career WAR of 7.6. Upton has played in 635 games, and has a career WAR of 12.9.
If I did the math correct, Uptons WAR per 162 games played is ~3.29. Ellsburys WAR per 162 games is ~3.53. Pretty even to me.
1. A player who has a game built almost totally on speed. He is a very good base runner and has very good SB/CS.
2. He can hit for a good average.
3. He has a poor OBP in the lead-off slot - lower then any other slot he has more then 1 PA at. He doesn't work pitchers and has a fairly meh pitches/PA average.
4. He has a weak SLG% for a LF, decent for a CF.
5. His speed makes up for a lot of mistakes with the glove. He often gets a bad jump because he doesn't recognize what he is looking at. Then he makes a lot catches that get oohs and ahhs that a really good CF - like the one in Seattle, or even Mike Cameron make as routine plays.
6. Turns out the word on him being soft physically started to dog him in the Minors.
At his current salary, he's worth having. But even better, he's worth trading. People keep excusing his weaknesses because he is young, but the fact is this time next year he'll basically be at the 50% point in MLB age. If the Sox keep him, they need a real leadoff guy - or at least Scutaro for one year because Ellsbury belongs in the 9 slot.
He's vastly - yes VASTLY overrated by those that don't know what they are looking at, or those easily blinded by diving catches and stolen bases.