No, not me. I mean, sure, he’s on my Scoresheet team because I’m the worst fantasy baseball player in the history of history, but I can’t really defend the guy. Jorge Costales takes a stab at it, however. His Brian Roberts comparison is interesting:
Even my late night cursory look at other 2B revealed that Brian Roberts had a similar poor start to his career — perhaps not coincidentally when Roberts was 23 & 24 years old — check out their stats at the beginning of their careers:
Bonifacio: 500 AB / .244 AVG / .296 OBP / .310 SLG
Roberts: 401 AB / .244 AVG / .294 OBP / .327 SLG
Also, keep in mind the following facts about Emilio Bonifacio:
He is 24 years-old. He is really fast. This is his 3rd organization in 3 years. In practical terms, he’s worked for 3 different bosses, 3 different management teams, while living in 3 different cities / homes. Bonifacio is learning a new position at the MLB level, 3B. The Marlins baseball operations — widely regarded for their ability to compete with minimal payrolls — believe enough in Bonifacio to have traded for him and then stuck with him through major struggles. He’s hitting just 4 points less than Jeremy Hermida. He is really, really fast.
Keeping in mind that I like Jorge’s work and writing quite a lot, and keeping in mind that this is really Rob Neyer’s territory not mine, I’ll offer at least a partial retort:
My suspicion is that someone who knows more than me can dig into the Roberts comp a little better, but as it stands now, I won’t be convinced that Bonifacio can be a contributing Major Leaguer until I actually see him contribute for more than a few days here and there.
All that said, don’t dismiss Jorge’s post, as he does have some comments about the tone of sabermetric debate worth considering.
(thanks to Pete Toms for the link)