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Emilio Bonifacio 2013 Outlook

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Bonifacio now projects to bat 2nd leadoff (#9) and play 2B everyday in a resurgent Blue Jays lineup. Apparently his defense has been a bit concerning thus far, but his bat/speed should get him a starting job over Maicer Izturis any day.

He had a bit of a down year in 2012 due to injuries, which is making people forget about the 40SB/.300 season he put up in 2011. If he returns to that, there is crazy value at 2nd base, especially since he is currently the 24th 2B off the board.

He still gets on base at a decent clip (.360 in 2011, but should be around .340-.350 this year), so has a good chance of scoring ~80 Runs if he can get on base ahead of Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista and Encarnacion. The big bats behind him may cut down on his SB attempts, but I have to think he is still good for 35-40 over a full season, considering that he had 30 (!) SBs over just 64 games last year.

So, I pose the question, Bonafide or Bonifacio?

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I totally forgot about this guy. Yeah he is going to be had at a super cheap value. Steals at a scarce position for cheap. Can't argue with that. Well someone will, but I won't.

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DARK.HORSE.

We know he can steal, but everyones forgot about him. IF he can manage to start every day or get in the lineup for 400AB, I can see him getting you a slew of steals. However, that is such a huge IF....

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By the time my draft rolls around everyone and their mother will be on this guy. I have been eyeing him for awhile now. 30 steals in 60 games, I would say 30-40 is a conservative estimate if he actually retains the job all year.

Basically has the same upside as Dee Gordon last year who was being picked in like the 8th round. Playing time is always the concern, but if he can keep the job he can win you the SB category from the MI whereas all the rest of the BIG speed guys are OF only.

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Where is this news from? Last I read M.Izturis was promised the job and they loved his defense. Anything official?

As for EB, he was on pace for 80ish SBs last season. The Jays won't run as much, but if he plays everyday, you'll be getting 40 SBs from the thinnest of positions. Yes please!

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Where is this news from? Last I read M.Izturis was promised the job and they loved his defense. Anything official?

As for EB, he was on pace for 80ish SBs last season. The Jays won't run as much, but if he plays everyday, you'll be getting 40 SBs from the thinnest of positions. Yes please!

Was looking at MLBDepthCharts.com and he is listed as the Opening Day starter. A few articles say its an open competition and "up for grabs". He's hitting well this spring, for what it's worth.

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I doubt he beats Izturis for the job. Izturis is just better at baseball. But Izturis is also injury prone, so Emilio should steal some AB's that way (no pun intended)

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Where is this news from? Last I read M.Izturis was promised the job and they loved his defense. Anything official?

As for EB, he was on pace for 80ish SBs last season. The Jays won't run as much, but if he plays everyday, you'll be getting 40 SBs from the thinnest of positions. Yes please!

Was looking at MLBDepthCharts.com and he is listed as the Opening Day starter. A few articles say its an open competition and "up for grabs". He's hitting well this spring, for what it's worth.

Makes sense. Izturis hasn't been an elite defender in 4 years. Living off reputation.

Back to Bonafacio, love what he brings and as I said, 40 SBs from your 2B is gold.

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I doubt he beats Izturis for the job. Izturis is just better at baseball. But Izturis is also injury prone, so Emilio should steal some AB's that way (no pun intended)

No. Izturis used to be a + defender but he simply isn't anymore. In fact, last year he was a -3.2 UZR.

While Bonifacio is not a great defender, he is equal or better than Izturis in BB% and OBP. The terror he causes on the base paths should be the deciding factor. Izturis does nothing well.

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Additional upside for Bonifacio is his ability in CF. Rasmus has received about a thousand chances, and if he continues to perform poorly, I could see Bonifacio siphoning starts in CF when the Jays want to slide Izturis in at 2B. Obviously Gose is around as well, but they may want him playing everyday in AAA.

Point is, Bonifacio can play multiple posiitons -- played SS and 3B for the Marlins as well -- so given potential injuries and/or non-performance, I think he plays most days, though he's likely better for daily lineup leagues that can confirm he's in the lineup.

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I doubt he beats Izturis for the job. Izturis is just better at baseball. But Izturis is also injury prone, so Emilio should steal some AB's that way (no pun intended)

No. Izturis used to be a + defender but he simply isn't anymore. In fact, last year he was a -3.2 UZR.

While Bonifacio is not a great defender, he is equal or better than Izturis in BB% and OBP. The terror he causes on the base paths should be the deciding factor. Izturis does nothing well.

Your argument is poor and based on two incorrect premises:

Falsehood #1: One year of UZR data has meaningful value. It doesn't. Do some reading on UZR - due to sample size limitations you need multiple years of UZR to make an assessment or prediction. That's why ZIPs is projecting only -1 runs for 2013.

Falsehood #2: Coaches care about UZR. They don't. Coaches are idiots, many of them former players who never went to college and make judgements based on stupid things that happens on the field. Izzy still has a great reputation as a fielder - reputation is PARAMOUNT in baseball. We've seen time after time guys get chances that they shouldn't just because of how they performed in the past.

Izturis is without question a better hitter at this stage of their respective careers. The only question is his health.

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Izturis will definitely be the starting 2B. Better hitter and better fielder. Bonifacio will still have value though. He's first in line if someone goes down in both the infield and outfield, and between injuries and days off there will likely be plenty of at bats to go around, not to mention pinch running opportunities. Also, Rasmus and Lind can't hit lefties, so there are plenty of platoon opportunities for Bonifacio and Rajai, depending on how much we want to employ that strategy. But Rasmus is the only average or better defensive CF on the team, so it might be tough to sit him.

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Izturis will definitely be the starting 2B. Better hitter and better fielder. Bonifacio will still have value though. He's first in line if someone goes down in both the infield and outfield, and between injuries and days off there will likely be plenty of at bats to go around, not to mention pinch running opportunities. Also, Rasmus and Lind can't hit lefties, so there are plenty of platoon opportunities for Bonifacio and Rajai, depending on how much we want to employ that strategy. But Rasmus is the only average or better defensive CF on the team, so it might be tough to sit him.

Also, Bonafacio can't hit lefties either. He can't hit much of anything to be perfectly honest.

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Izturis will definitely be the starting 2B. Better hitter and better fielder. Bonifacio will still have value though. He's first in line if someone goes down in both the infield and outfield, and between injuries and days off there will likely be plenty of at bats to go around, not to mention pinch running opportunities. Also, Rasmus and Lind can't hit lefties, so there are plenty of platoon opportunities for Bonifacio and Rajai, depending on how much we want to employ that strategy. But Rasmus is the only average or better defensive CF on the team, so it might be tough to sit him.

Also, Bonafacio can't hit lefties either. He can't hit much of anything to be perfectly honest.

It's nothing out of this world, but if they all revert to about their career norms then I'll take Bonifacio's .290/.337/.370 over Rasmus' .206/.285/.341 or Lind's .220/.264/.343. Lind also has added joy of those puke-worthy numbers being propped up by his outlier career year in 2009, being the oldest of the group, and providing absolutely no value on defense or on the basepaths.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

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I doubt he beats Izturis for the job. Izturis is just better at baseball. But Izturis is also injury prone, so Emilio should steal some AB's that way (no pun intended)

No. Izturis used to be a + defender but he simply isn't anymore. In fact, last year he was a -3.2 UZR.

While Bonifacio is not a great defender, he is equal or better than Izturis in BB% and OBP. The terror he causes on the base paths should be the deciding factor. Izturis does nothing well.

Your argument is poor and based on two incorrect premises:

Falsehood #1: One year of UZR data has meaningful value. It doesn't. Do some reading on UZR - due to sample size limitations you need multiple years of UZR to make an assessment or prediction. That's why ZIPs is projecting only -1 runs for 2013.

Falsehood #2: Coaches care about UZR. They don't. Coaches are idiots, many of them former players who never went to college and make judgements based on stupid things that happens on the field. Izzy still has a great reputation as a fielder - reputation is PARAMOUNT in baseball. We've seen time after time guys get chances that they shouldn't just because of how they performed in the past.

Izturis is without question a better hitter at this stage of their respective careers. The only question is his health.

True. Izturis has a negative UZR over the past two seasons. Was in the black 3 years ago in 60-something games.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

You want to bring swinging strike rates into this? Izturis' last three years: 4.3, 4.9, 3.6. He flat out doesn't strike out. If Bonifacio hits like it's 2011 again then sure, let him get the job. Izturis has outperformed him every other year Bonifacio has been in the majors. And, for what it's worth, Izturis has massive home/away splits the last few years in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league, so there's a lot of reason to expect improvement in the AL East with as much as he puts the ball in play. Toss in him being a better defender, and he'll begin the year as starter. It's no slam dunk, and he won't have a long leash if he starts out the year ice cold, but it's where he'll begin the year nonetheless.

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

I'm sure you'd rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. It would be better for the Orioles. Bonifacio's speed is actually another argument for Izturis: with his subpar hitting his speed plays better off the bench.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

The value of stolen bases in real life just isn't that high: ~0.2 runs according to Tom Tango. Only the elite base stealers who steal 40-50 bags like Bonafacio can contribute a handful of runs or more. And in the context of a full season, that's not much. Izturis could easily trump that with his higher OBP and better defense. And coaches just prefer players like Izzy.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

The value of stolen bases in real life just isn't that high: ~0.2 runs according to Tom Tango. Only the elite base stealers who steal 40-50 bags like Bonafacio can contribute a handful of runs or more. And in the context of a full season, that's not much. Izturis could easily trump that with his higher OBP and better defense. And coaches just prefer players like Izzy.

I think the main point is he'll steal just as many bases as a utility player and pinch runner, and utilized as a pinch runner he'll actually be stealing the bases in higher leverage situations, when they matter more.

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I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

I'm sure you'd rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. It would be better for the Orioles. Bonifacio's speed is actually another argument for Izturis: with his subpar hitting his speed plays better off the bench.

Not sure what this means. Boni and Izturis both play for the Jays

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

The value of stolen bases in real life just isn't that high: ~0.2 runs according to Tom Tango. Only the elite base stealers who steal 40-50 bags like Bonafacio can contribute a handful of runs or more. And in the context of a full season, that's not much. Izturis could easily trump that with his higher OBP and better defense. And coaches just prefer players like Izzy.

So you're not aware that over the last 3 seasons Bonifacio has the higher OBP, not Izturis?

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I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

I'm sure you'd rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. It would be better for the Orioles. Bonifacio's speed is actually another argument for Izturis: with his subpar hitting his speed plays better off the bench.

Not sure what this means. Boni and Izturis both play for the Jays

Exactly. It would be better for the Orioles if the Jays make a move (starting Bonifacio) that makes them worse as a team.

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How is Maicer Izturis a better hitter than Bonifacio? Bonifacio hit .296 over a full season just 2 years ago. His swinging strike rate last year was just 6.9%. Bonifacio has had the better walk rates 2 of the past 3 years, the better AVG the past 3 years and the better OBP in 2 of the past 3 years. Bonifacio is the better hitter and way better baserunner while Izturis is a better defender. The starting job isn't a slam dunk for Izturis

You want to bring swinging strike rates into this? Izturis' last three years: 4.3, 4.9, 3.6. He flat out doesn't strike out. If Bonifacio hits like it's 2011 again then sure, let him get the job. Izturis has outperformed him every other year Bonifacio has been in the majors. And, for what it's worth, Izturis has massive home/away splits the last few years in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league, so there's a lot of reason to expect improvement in the AL East with as much as he puts the ball in play. Toss in him being a better defender, and he'll begin the year as starter. It's no slam dunk, and he won't have a long leash if he starts out the year ice cold, but it's where he'll begin the year nonetheless.

I don't understand it either. I'd much rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. The only thing Izturis has brought to the table the past 3 years was just 17 steals last year, which is small compared to what Boni could put up.

I'm sure you'd rather see Bonifacio out there than Izturis. It would be better for the Orioles. Bonifacio's speed is actually another argument for Izturis: with his subpar hitting his speed plays better off the bench.

Pitchers park for a slap hitter like Izturis is meaningless. In fact, it will generally have the opposite affect. Pitchers parks are generally big and hurt power hitters, but it will often help slap hitters because there are more gaps to find in bigger parks.

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