Let’s think about this for a minute. We are taking Hanley and Reyes in every draft in the top 4 picks. We take them because their numbers are spectacular, they’re young, and in all the magazines thats what they’re ranked. What about Rollins? Compare the projected numbers side by side with Hanley…
Rollins .285avg 23 hr 125 rs 85 rb 40sb
Hanely .310avg 30hr 120rs 95rb 30sb
throw Grady Sizemore in the mix who has consitently been the 5th or 6th in most drafts..
Grady .275avg 30hr 85rb 35sb 110rs…..those are almost exactly what Rollins is expected to do AND Rollins plays shortstop, typically a more difficult position to fill.
Let’s look at it from another prospective….after the big three shortstops we have to chose from Derek Jeter (whos numbers are similar to Mike Aviles), Rafeal Furcal (coming off back surgery) and Stephen Drew a far cry from Rollins. It has come to my attention that far too often we take for gold what is stated by the the majority, when in fact we are just as capable of looking at the numbers and making a reasonable decision.
It is reasonable to say that Rollins can hit more home runs than Jose Reyes, steal more than Hanley Ramirez, have a better batting average then Grady Sizemore while leading MLB in runs scored….why are we so willing to take Sizemore, Ryan Braun and Miguel Cabrera before him? Go against the grain, do what’s right, pick Rollins because “I guarantee he will help you win the league”.