12-14-2013, 09:48 PM #21
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12-15-2013, 08:44 AM #22
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Biggio was a much better hitter after he left catching, but he left younger before his prime.
Bench had a poor year hitting as a 3B following an injury riddled last year as a catcher, but he was a little older and probably not healthy.
Torre had a monster year in 1971 following his last year as a catcher, but he also didn't catch in 1969.
12-15-2013, 02:41 PM #23
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ZiPS still gives Mauer a 40% chance at .300 - one has to remember that for very high achievers, there's more downside than upside. If you start with Mauer's .317 4-year average, knock a few points off for age, and then just stick that as the middle of neat bell curve, you're going to tend to overrate great players. There are a lot more scenarios in which a 31-year old Mauer hits .300 than ones in which he hits .340. A lot more in which he hits .280 instead of .360. And even more in which he hits .260 rather than .380.
ZiPS does consider Mauer differently as a 1B than as a catcher and generally has Mauer's bat lasting longer and playing more games long-term than as a C.
06-19-2014, 06:55 AM #24
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Curious what the group thinks of the Mauer projection now?
06-19-2014, 09:07 AM #25
There was SO much venom against these projections before the season. Kind of funny to see them as overly optimistic at this point.
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