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Who Would You Rather Have: Miguel Cabrera or Joey Votto?

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I am not a mixed league player, but I have a feeling that the Tigers Miguel Cabrera would probably be drafted higher than the Reds Joey Votto. But after analyzing their stats for 2009, I am not so sure Miggy should be drafted that much higher than Votto.

Let's take a look at their 2009 stats courtesy of www.fangraphs.com:

Name AB H 2B HR R RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Miguel Cabrera 611 198 34 34 96 103 68 107 6 0.324 0.396 0.547 0.942
Joey Votto 469 151 38 25 82 84 70 106 4 0.322 0.414 0.567 0.981




As you can see, in 150 less ABs, Votto drove in only 14 less runs, and hit 9 less HRs. Votto's BA, OBP, SLG and OPS are either better or very competitive to Cabrera's. Keep in mind that Votto was out for about a month with depression, so we don't know how long his performance was impacted by his condition. What we do know is Votto hits in a hitters park and is still maturing as a hitter.

Going into 2010 drafts, you may want to pass on drafting Miggy, maybe get that stud third baseman instead, and draft your first baseman a few rounds later. Should you land Votto, you won't be disappointed.