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The Ryan Flaherty OPS Projection Thread


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Project Ryan Flaherty's OPS for 2014  

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  1. 1. Project Ryan Flaherty's OPS for 2014



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OK, we've done the 7 guys who are sure to start almost every day if they are healthy. Next up is Ryan Flaherty, who for now is the presumptive starter at 2B, though he could be unseated. He had an OPS of .617 in 2012 and .683 last year. In both seasons he started the year ice cold and eventually heated up.

Project his OPS in the poll, but for extra credit, post here to project how many games he'll start (not just play).

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If he plays every day he will be exposed and hit in the .650-.674 range. If they play him sparingly as a super utility guy I could see it being closer to .700

In his career, he has only started 2 games vs. a lefty. I don't think Buck changes up that much. I have to assume that if Schoop starts in AAA, Weeks will get a healthy number of starts at 2B.

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I voted .700 but I think he does a little better then that. I've got him at 85 starts.Twenty five at third, 18 at SS, 18 at first and the rest at second. Don't see him getting much of anything in the outfield. Weeks will get the bulk of the starts at second, not because he is necessarily better then Flaherty, but because Flaherty is better at the other positions then anyone else. Buck is going to need to rest Hardy, Manny and Davis. Flaherty is the best option to fill in for them.

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In his career, he has only started 2 games vs. a lefty. I don't think Buck changes up that much. I have to assume that if Schoop starts in AAA, Weeks will get a healthy number of starts at 2B.

I wouldnt be opposed to that and I think that would be the proper way to play him.

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I think everyone needs to realize that with a minimum of 400 PA's, only 15 second basemen OPS'd over .700.

Would anyone consider Flaherty a top 15 second basemen?

Brandon Phillips OPS was at .706 last season

For Flaherty to have a .750 OPS he would be in company with Zobrist, Kendrick, and Kinsler....

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I think Flaherty is set for a breakout year. Ryan was really starting to warm up last year (.820 OPS in June) until Brian Roberts return abruptly put him on the bench. Still, he finished last year with a respectable .683 OPS (MLB league average OPS was .714) and I think he will easily top that. I think .720 or better.

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That would make him one of, if not, the best 2b in the league....you really expect that?

I am an optimist, however look at his splits from last year. He had three months at that level. He is not likely to be very good against LHP so in order to realize that production a RH option has to be available and productive to allow him to miss a fair share of those guys. I think he has a chance to be a very good player if he is allowed to play to his strengths. BRob coming back might have really hurt the team by breaking RF's stride right when he was getting things rolling. The key is for him to have success early IMO.

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