Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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I was reading through Eric Karabell’s “Do Not Draft” List on ESPN today (Insider only), and who do I see atop his list of guys to avoid this season? If you’ve read the title, you probably have a good idea: Michael Bourn. Listen Karabell, I understand your concerns regarding why a one-category, steals-only player should not be drafted where your colleagues at ESPN have Bourn ranked (35th) but the problem is that you logic is flawed; Bourn is not a one-category performer. Last season Bourn scored 94 runs, which tied him for 21st in the league with Brandon Phillips. You don’t think 21st in a category is really all that impressive? Consider that in a standard, 10-team league, Bourn would be second or third in runs scored on just about every single squad. He scored those 94 runs despite playing two-third of his season in a Houston lineup that finished 26th in runs scored for the season. And last year’s edition of the Braves was only ranked 22nd. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I think t...
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