I’m going to introduce a new topic that I will try to do once a week. It is going to discuss two players from around the MLB and how they matchup. Who would I choose. Who would others choose. Upsides, downsides. Better success. All that jazz. It’s going to be here. So here we go. For the first post of this kind, I will be talking about two recently called up youngsters who have been STELLAR so far this season.
Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen
Chris Coghlan: So far this season, this kid has only played in 44 games, yet has been tearing it up for every minute of them. He has been STELLAR. He is batting .265, which is respectable, has 2 homers, which is a good start for a leadoff speedy kind of guy. He has scored 26 runs which is outstanding. He has 11 RBI and 4 SB whichare also very good stats for a guy who’s only played 44 games so far. I have been very impressed with how easily he has meshed with the Marlins team. He has fit perfectly into the leadoff spot batting in front of the likes of Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu who make up the powerful middle of the lineup. Coghlan has also showed impressive defensive skill. He has played a solid left field with only three errors. That’s not all that bad but it could be a little better. But that’s why they’re called professionals. They can improve and fix their problems to make them better. I’m sure Coghlan’s defense will improve over his career. Certainly by next season, he will be shut down in the outfield. He can also play second base which gives the Marlins some flexibility. He is an all around great young player who has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.
Andrew McCutchen: Ever since the McLouth trade to Atlanta, Pittsburgh has been amazed at how well McCutchen has replaced McLouth in center. He has filled in with the same skill, mindset, and positive attitude that McLouth had, and maybe a little extra. He has been a speedy sensation in Pittsburgh and has made many Pittsburgh fans and many MLB followers forget about the loss of McLouth to the Braves. McCutchen has been tearing it up and has proved he is ready to be a professional. Right now, I think he may be the fastest guy in the MLB. You could make an argument for Emilio Bonifacio (Coghlan’s teammate in Florida), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox) or maybe a few others. But McCutchen’s speed is so essential to his game, that every time he hits it to the outfield, the thoughts that go through many minds is this: “If it falls he’s got two and he’s gonna try for a triple.” Yeah… he’s that fast. His defense is pretty good too. Now he’s only played 21 games but has not made an error yet and has played a solid centerfield. On offense, as I said, his speed is a huge asset. He has already legged out 5 triples (maybe not legged out because he made a few of them standing up… I told you he’s really fast). He has 4 doubles, a homer, and has four stolen bases. He’s scored 16 runs and overall, he has been one of the biggest parts of the Pittsburgh offense. He is also in the leadoff spot and will stay there for many years as the center point of the Bucs’ offense.
So who would I take for my team. Honestly, I would take either of them. They are both fantastic young players and could both fit into any offense at the leadoff spot. They are both good defensively (McCutchen is probably a little better) and they both are pretty fast. Overall, I think McCutchen may have the edge. He definitely has the edgo defensively because he has no errors and has played enough games to convince me he won’t be making too many over his career. His speed also pushes him over Coghlan because he can leg out triples to get an easy score. A hit with him on second would easily score but you never know. Third is safer than second. So in this debate of youngsters who are tearing it up so far, I take McCutchen with a slight edge. Coghlan, maybe next time. Work on your defense.
That’s all for this debate. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did leave a comment so I know I should continue this and not be wasting my time. Thanks.