Since the start of last season, that’s roughly 180 games worth of major league action, how shocking is it to consider that Darwin Barney, Darwin Barney, has been nearly as effective a fantasy performer as Rickie Weeks? I’m not huffing paint either. Take a look at the numbers:
Weeks has certainly provided more value thanks to that massive difference in home runs, but look at those numbers again.
Weeks has only five more RBI than Barney.
Weeks has scored only 10 more runs than Barney.
Weeks has only one more steal than Barney.
Weeks has hit .019 points lower than Barney.
One guy was a top-10 selection at the position on draft day while the other was lucky if he was a top-20 option at second base. Clearly those preseason rankings were based only on the potential upside of Weeks and not based in the reality of either fellas production.
By Ray Flowers