Tim Dierkes at RotoAuthority takes a look at the NL Central's lead-off hitters. Here's what he has to say about the Pirates:
Duffy had one good month out of three last year (September). If he can hit enough to remain the everyday CF and lead-off man, we could be looking at 90 runs and the cheapest 40 SBs you'll find. If he reaches his PECOTA (.287/.339/.413) he'll keep his job all year.
Keep in mind that Dierkes runs a fantasy baseball site, so his assessments might be valued differently than those of a baseball scout. Still, he considers Chris Duffy to be a questionable presence at the top of the order. Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Freel, Rickie Weeks and David Eckstein are more impressive--they all draw the "solid" tag. Only Chris Burke of the Astros receives as much scrutiny as Duffy. N...
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