The aftermath of the NL Rookie of the Year is nearly over at Rum Bunter. Before we officially let it go, be sure to check out this Florida Marlin site.
The Marlin Maniac agrees with us Pittsburgh. Because Michael spits nothing but truth we pulled a couple paragraphs with his take on the vote…. be sure to read all about it when you check out his site:
Was that difference really significant to make up for the fact that McCutchen played center field while Coghlan played left field? And that, by all accounts, McCutchen was a decent center fielder, while Coghlan was rated by the Fans Scouting Report (for example) among players like David Murphy, Matt Holliday, and Cory Sullivan. In comparison, the Fans had McCutchen among players like Mike Cameron, Shane Victorino, and Colby Rasmus, all superior defenders at premium positions.
Do I think that Coghlan is as bad a left fielder as Cory Sullivan? Probably not. Neither do I think McCutchen is at the same level as Mike Cameron or Carlos Beltran. But if you looked at the numbers for McCutchen (UZR of -1) and Coghlan (UZR of -11), then you look at the scouting reports from both the fans and from various credible scouting sources, you can tell that McCutchen rates as a decent center fielder and that Coghlan did not rate well in left field. And that small difference in OPS could not possibly be enough to make up for that, unless Coghlan played maybe another two extra months as a starter…….