Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/13/13
The National League currently boasts among the best leadoff men in Major League Baseball. The Cincinnati Reds’ Shin Soo Choo has reached base successfully 43% of the time this season, Colorado’s Dexter Fowler is having a breakout campaign, and Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte has shown that he is the real deal. Cumulatively, the National League’s leadoff men have a combined .268/.338/.395 clip this season. If the New York Mets play on Thursday afternoon, they’ll be slotting second baseman Jordany Valdespin in the leadoff position for the third consecutive day. Valdespin is the antithesis of a productive leadoff man -and despite what some may think about inconsistent playing time- a player who has a career .286 OBP doesn’t belong in the position under any circumstances. Although he has less than a year’s worth of major league plate appearances, his minor league numbers (by far his largest body of work in professional baseball) simply don’t support the notion that he should continue to rec...
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