A Quick Word On Jed Lowrie

by Sully on January 30, 2011

in Red Sox

LowrieAnyone who tells you they have a beat on Jed Lowrie and his prospects for 2011 is speculating. He has an encouraging Minor League track record, a choppy Major League one and he hasn’t been able to stay healthy long enough to get a sense for what type of player he ultimately will be. But I also think it’s worth trying to find significance in his 2010 standout season. I know all small sample warnings apply, but he did hit .287/.381/.526 in just under 200 plate appearances.

Here’s the list of middle infielders who have managed a single-season 139 OPS+ or better in 175 PA’s or more since 2000.

Alex Rodriguez
Jeff Kent
Nomar Garciaparra
Bret Boone
Roberto Alomar
Ben Zobrist
Hanley Ramirez
Edgardo Alfonzo
Chase Utley
Rich Aurilia
Robinson Cano
Carlos Guillen

And that’s it. I know the Red Sox can’t depend too much on him until he shows an ability to stay on the field. But at the same time, they need to prioritize getting Lowrie the requisite playing time to figure out his value, either for them to retain or trade given the looming presence of Jose Iglesias. There’s a chance that Lowrie could put up some superstar seasons if given the opportunity.

Thanks to B-Ref Play Index for the numbers and to SI.com for the pic.

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