All he’s gotta do is stay healthy . No injuries next year . He may not be able to sustain a high obp but neither did Adam Jones . I actually like him better in the corner outfield spot and I think that would be better for over the long haul health wise . I like the defensive alignment of Hayes in left , Mullins in center and Santander in right for now . If Mullins can keep hitting I’d like him in that lineup for now .
Hays has always been successful when he gets regular playing time over a decent amount of time. He's probably better suited for LF at Camden Yards than center where he could be a plus defender, but he's fine in center overall. Botjh his barrel% and Hard hit % have been creeping up to MLB avg after being well below average earlier in the year so I think we are just finally seeing what a healthy, in tuned Hays looks like at the plate finally.
I still see him as one of the players that will be part of a winning future here.
I will never be able to bring myself to root for the team to lose games to improve their draft position. It’s just not in my DNA. But when they do lose, I console myself with the thought that at least they improved their draft position.
Agree Hays should be the starter. As to defense, I’d put Mullins’ ability to get to and catch the baseball in the “great” category, Hays more in the “very good” category. But Hays has a plus arm and Mullins has a minus one. So overall, I think it’s about a wash as to who’s the better defensive CF, and Hays is the better hitter.
I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Mullins as a defensive replacement late in games, and occasional starts vs. RHP.