Okay, so I had to figure out a way to weight these players against each other, given that the older players had more of a chance to pick up some WAR in the majors. So I decided that taking the overall minor league numbers and putting them through a major league equivalency converter would be the best answer. So, let’s take a look…
Thomas Pittman Vs. Larry Broadway
Pittman Mle numbers (best season): 12 hr, .195 BA, .216 OBP, .302 SLG
Broadway Mle Numbers (best season): 11 hr, .194 BA, .253 OBP, .320 SLG
I’m surprised it was as close as it was. The HR and BA are virtually identical, but Broadway has a slight edge in OBP and SLG. Even more interesting is that both of their best seasons were played in the Sally league. So Broadway wins…but it’s not a clear-cut victory.
Henry Mateo Vs. Seth Bynum
Mateo Mle numbers (best season): 3 hr, .209 BA, .245 OBP, .272 SLG
Bynum Mle Numbers (best season): 15 hr, .189 BA, .234 OBP, .325 SLG
Whew. That’s almost a push. Bynum has the advantage in power, but falters greatly when it comes to the batting average and OBP. I’m going to give Mateo the slight edge for his speed and stolen bases.
Hiram Bocachica Vs. Esmailyn Gonzalez/Carlos Lugo
Bocachica Mle numbers (best season): 14 hr, .263 BA, .331 OBP, .453 SLG
Gonzalez/Lugo Mle Numbers (best season): 2 hr, .228 BA, .275 OBP, .302 SLG
Boi Rodriguez vs. Jake Smolinski
Rodriguez Mle numbers (best season): 8 hr, .187 BA, .239 OBP, .307 SLG
Smolinski Mle Numbers (best season): 4 hr, .188 BA, .241 OBP, .280 SLG
Wow, they’re pretty close to the same player, but Rodriguez had a little more power, so he gets the nod.
So, let’s look at how our combined team’s infield is shaping up:
- 1B: Larry Broadway
- 2B: Henry Mateo
- SS: Hiram Bocachica
- 3B: Boi Rodriguez
The Expos are solidly beating the Nationals so far in the infield. Tomorrow we’ll examine how the outfielders and catchers stack up.