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Gunnar Henderson vs. Bobby Witt -- who will have the better career?


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This could also come down to whether or not Gunnar can stay at SS.

Witt has made huge strides in his defense…which Gunnar has as well.

But I think Witt is better overall at SS than Gunnar is but that doesn’t mean Gunnar can’t get better over there either.

 

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9 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

Maybe…Witt is younger and so far, in 2 full seasons, had the higher WAR in one of the seasons.

Witt and Gunnar could definitely end up better.

That said, a lot of what Adley means to this team isn’t something that can be measured and I do think that stuff gets lost in the stat age we are in now. I think those who value it greatly overblow it too. There needs to be that happy median.

This, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Elias/Eve/Sig et al have some way that they’re at least attempting to quantify it.

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2 hours ago, glenn__davis said:

Not like Gunnar is slow. And Gunnar will likely win in OBP and has the better arm at short.

Having said all of that, I'd take Witt but it's very close. 

Gunnar is pretty fast, he's 86th percentile on baseball savant.  

Witt is 100th percentile.  He's the fastest in the game.

Put it this way, Witt will be slowing down a few ticks and be faster than Gunnar ever was.  

I agree that it's close.

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1 hour ago, dystopia said:

He had a .209 average and .666 OPS last year let’s pump the breaks over a 5 day sample size. 🙄

I think Volpe will prove to be a good player, and decent offensively.  He’s not in the same class as Gunnar and Witt IMO.

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18 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

Gunnar is pretty fast, he's 86th percentile on baseball savant.  

Witt is 100th percentile.  He's the fastest in the game.

Put it this way, Witt will be slowing down a few ticks and be faster than Gunnar ever was.  

I agree that it's close.

Gunnar may not be as fast, but he’s a very smart, aggressive baserunner.  As was observed elsewhere, he was tops in MLB in baserunning runs last year.  Witt stole a lot of bases but his percentage was good not great and he was picked off the most of anyone in MLB.   Now, I’m guessing with experience his success rate will go up and the pickoffs will become more rare, but for now, his speed and steals don’t translate into being more valuable on the bases than Gunnar.  

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12 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

Mark DeRosa is one of those guys who can be incredibly obnoxious at one moment and then a minute later I'm like "Eh, he's alright."

He seems like a really chill guy. He was in a punishment for Impractical Jokers.  Basically, Joe had to keep ruining MLB Network segments by doing 100 push-ups in random shots while Derosa and Pena were trying to do segments.  Pena was getting really frustrated and annoyed.  The whole time, Derosa is just cracking up and can't hold it together.  Neither one of them knew about it either.  Was pretty funny.  

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