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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .262 4 30 20 11 .247 0.3
Birth Date2-20-1986
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.22010
0.32011
2012
-0.12013
0.32014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 TEX 23 46 179 157 30 49 4 0 4 65 15 28 1 0 6 20 19 4 .312 .376 .414 .273 4.4 0.6 0.5
2010 TEX 24 137 468 438 60 121 11 4 3 149 19 59 2 1 8 42 15 7 .276 .309 .340 .228 -1.7 3.7 0.2
2011 TEX 25 32 98 89 10 24 1 3 0 31 3 9 2 1 3 11 6 2 .270 .305 .348 .245 2.3 0.4 0.3
2013 CHN 27 72 117 104 10 21 3 1 1 29 12 22 0 0 1 3 7 1 .202 .284 .279 .220 -0.4 0.0 -0.0
2013 TEX 27 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .001 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
Career2888637891112151988274491185218764714.272.318.347.2384.44.70.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 SPO A- 7 31 .185 .256 .344 .378 .262 .192 101 -2.6 0.9 0.1 -0.3 -0.2 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2007 RNG Rk 2 9 .308 .236 .344 .329 .252 .286 104 0.5 0.3 0 -0.1 -0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 BAK A+ 66 314 .271 .267 .334 .400 .263 .333 100 3.6 9.3 0.6 -1.0 5.4 18.6 1.8 18.6 1.8
2008 FRI AA 60 280 .311 .267 .337 .398 .272 .362 86 17.6 9.3 0.8 3.9 -0.6 26.3 3.0 26.3 3.0
2009 TEX MLB 46 179 .273 .274 .337 .444 .268 .360 106 2.4 5.1 -2.1 0.6 0.2 4.4 0.5 4.4 0.5
2009 OKL AAA 96 457 .286 .270 .339 .410 .276 .330 88 12.7 13.1 0.6 1.7 6.7 29.7 3.1 29.7 3.1
2010 TEX MLB 137 468 .228 .259 .325 .404 .257 .313 113 -15.1 12.9 1.1 3.7 2.3 -1.7 0.2 -1.7 0.2
2011 TEX MLB 32 98 .245 .252 .319 .385 .257 .296 113 -1.5 2.6 0.2 0.4 0.6 2.3 0.3 2.3 0.3
2011 FRI AA 1 4 .006 .270 .329 .442 .269 .000 102 -1.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2011 ROU AAA 32 153 .259 .284 .355 .451 .271 .355 106 -0.1 4.7 0.3 2.8 1.0 6.0 0.8 6.0 0.8
2011 ESC Wnt 29 98 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .217 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ROU AAA 126 585 .286 .275 .341 .424 .269 .331 95 16.9 17.4 -0.2 -8.3 5.1 36.6 2.8 36.6 2.8
2013 CHN MLB 72 117 .220 .246 .307 .371 .250 .247 103 -4.5 3.1 0 0.0 0.5 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 TEX MLB 1 1 .001 .305 .388 .451 .319 .000 100 -0.2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2013 IOW AAA 24 86 .260 .261 .325 .391 .261 .322 89 0 2.5 -0.5 -2.6 -0.5 1.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.1
2014 NOR AAA 124 512 .245 .263 .331 .396 .251 .332 102 -8.6 15.3 1.2 8.3 -1.3 6.7 1.5 6.7 1.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 SPO A- 31 1 5 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 1 .172 .226 .172 .000 .185 -1.0 -0.3 -0.1
2007 RNG Rk 9 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .250 .333 .375 .125 .308 0.3 -0.1 0.0
2008 FRI AA 280 40 86 12 2 5 22 14 32 17 11 .337 .373 .459 .122 .311 26.3 3.9 3.0
2008 BAK A+ 314 47 89 20 0 2 36 15 30 36 7 .306 .346 .395 .089 .271 18.6 -1.0 1.8
2009 OKL AAA 457 71 125 12 7 2 34 33 40 25 7 .307 .363 .386 .079 .286 29.7 1.7 3.1
2009 TEX MLB 179 30 49 4 0 4 20 15 28 19 4 .312 .376 .414 .102 .273 4.4 0.6 0.5
2010 TEX MLB 468 60 121 11 4 3 42 19 59 15 7 .276 .309 .340 .064 .228 -1.7 3.7 0.2
2011 ROU AAA 153 27 39 10 4 0 14 14 22 16 4 .298 .376 .435 .137 .259 6.0 2.8 0.8
2011 FRI AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .006 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
2011 ESC Wnt 98 16 16 4 2 1 7 10 14 5 2 .193 .284 .325 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 TEX MLB 98 10 24 1 3 0 11 3 9 6 2 .270 .305 .348 .079 .245 2.3 0.4 0.3
2012 ROU AAA 585 78 162 23 8 10 56 37 69 20 8 .304 .349 .433 .129 .286 36.6 -8.3 2.8
2013 IOW AAA 86 10 19 5 0 0 1 12 15 5 1 .260 .360 .329 .068 .260 1.5 -2.6 -0.1
2013 TEX MLB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .001 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2013 CHN MLB 117 10 21 3 1 1 3 12 22 7 1 .202 .284 .279 .077 .220 -0.4 0.0 -0.0
2014 NOR AAA 512 68 134 9 4 5 44 38 73 34 10 .288 .342 .356 .069 .245 6.7 8.3 1.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 678 0.5133 0.4239 0.8711 0.5201 0.3212 0.9282 0.7736 0.1220
2010 1560 0.5179 0.4846 0.8492 0.5928 0.3684 0.9165 0.7329 0.1442
2011 314 0.5159 0.5350 0.9107 0.6667 0.3947 0.9537 0.8333 0.0833
2013 442 0.5181 0.4548 0.7711 0.6157 0.2817 0.8511 0.5833 0.2239
Career29940.51670.47170.84910.58750.34770.91340.73060.1446

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-09 2011-09-10 Minors 63 0 Left Ankle Surgery Ligament 2011-07-18 -
2011-05-14 2011-06-03 15-DL 20 19 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-03-26 2011-03-27 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Soreness -
2010-03-06 2010-03-08 Camp 2 0 Right Forearm Soreness -
2007-01-18 2007-01-18 Coll 0 0 Left Ankle Surgery Fracture 2007-01-23

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BAL $
2013 TEX $496,000
2012 TEX $490,000
2011 TEX $490,000
2010 TEX $600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,076,000
4 yrTotal$2,076,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 105 dScott Boras1 year (2014)

Details
  • 2014. Selected by Baltimore from Chicago Cubs in Rule 5 draft 12/12/13.
  • 1 year/$0.496M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/20/13. Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers 4/19/13 after being DFA by Texas 4/9/13. DFA by Chicago Cubs 8/3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/7/13.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 2/27/12.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/17/11.
  • 4 years/$1.3M (2007-10). Signed Major League contract with Texas 8/15/07. $0.8M signing bonus. 10:$0.6M.
  • Drafted by Texas 2007 (1s-35) (Tennessee).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 511 63 142 19 5 9 51 35 73 25 8 .305 .354 .424 .285 26.2 CF 0, LF -3 2.5
80o 490 59 129 17 5 8 47 32 71 23 7 .290 .337 .402 .271 18.8 CF 0, LF -3 1.7
70o 475 55 120 16 4 7 44 30 71 21 7 .279 .325 .387 .262 13.9 CF 0, LF -3 1.2
60o 462 52 114 15 4 7 41 28 70 20 6 .270 .315 .374 .254 9.8 CF 0, LF -3 0.8
50o 450 50 108 15 4 6 39 27 69 19 6 .261 .305 .362 .246 6.2 CF 0, LF -3 0.4
40o 438 47 102 14 4 6 37 25 68 18 6 .252 .296 .349 .238 2.8 CF 0, LF -3 0.0
30o 425 45 95 13 3 6 35 24 67 17 5 .243 .286 .336 .230 -0.6 CF 0, LF -3 -0.3
20o 410 42 88 12 3 5 33 22 66 16 5 .232 .274 .321 .220 -4.4 CF 0, LF -2 -0.7
10o 389 38 79 11 3 5 30 20 64 14 4 .218 .257 .301 .207 -9.2 CF 0, LF -2 -1.2
Weighted Mean455511111547402869206.265.310.367.2497.8CF 0, LF -30.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 30% 11% 26% 68%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529250255772322144210.252.298.345.235-0.10.60.20.514.9-15.1-1.4
2016303173271103428205212.243.298.335.233-0.3-0.50.10.514.9-16.1-1.8
201731619651421759573810422.252.303.347.239-0.03.3-0.10.914.9-12.4-3.5
201832620641411959563710421.249.300.345.237-0.21.7-0.30.714.9-13.6-3.5
201933605621361859553510218.246.295.344.234-0.4-0.4-0.50.514.9-15.3-3.4
202034604611311749543510616.238.288.330.228-0.9-4.5-0.90.314.9-18.9-3.4
2021356056313319410573410914.241.290.347.233-0.6-2.1-1.20.214.9-16.0-3.4
2022366146613821312623610712.248.298.364.242-0.12.9-1.6-0.014.9-10.5-3.4
202337613611301849543511410.231.282.324.224-1.3-8.7-1.8-0.214.9-21.7-3.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
153.97.33.36.90.436.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Nyjer Morgan 2009 .274
2 82 Rajai Davis 2009 .268
3 81 Jarrod Dyson 2013 .246
4 80 Eric Young 2013 .235
5 79 Tony Gwynn 2011 .254
6 79 Eugenio Velez 2010 .223
7 79 Jose Constanza 2012 .227
8 78 Gregor Blanco 2012 .265
9 77 Shane Robinson 2013 .260
10 77 Josh Anderson 2011 .000 DNP
11 76 Jerry Owens 2009 .145
12 76 Matt Tolbert 2010 .241
13 76 Jeremy Reed 2009 .209
14 75 Luis Matos 2007 .000 DNP
15 75 Russ Adams 2009 .171
16 75 Craig Gentry 2012 .275
17 74 Robert Andino 2012 .214
18 74 Rashad Eldridge 2010 .000 DNP
19 74 Matt Murton 2010 .000 DNP
20 74 Trevor Crowe 2012 .000 DNP
21 74 Michael Spidale 2010 .000 DNP
22 74 Brendan Ryan 2010 .225
23 74 Bernie Castro 2008 .000 DNP
24 73 Norris Hopper 2007 .257
25 73 Chris Denorfia 2009 .332
26 73 Felix Pie 2013 .167
27 73 Angel Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
28 73 Joey Gathright 2009 .191
29 73 Joaquin Arias 2013 .230
30 73 Charles Thomas 2007 .000 DNP
31 73 Jason Bourgeois 2010 .206
32 73 Emilio Bonifacio 2013 .233
33 73 Alex Romero 2012 .000 DNP
34 73 Josh Rabe 2007 .140
35 73 Chris Roberson 2008 .000 DNP
36 72 Skip Schumaker 2008 .264
37 72 Quintin Berry 2013 .566
38 72 Emmanuel Burriss 2013 .000 DNP
39 72 Argenis Reyes 2011 .000 DNP
40 72 Juan Ciriaco 2012 .000 DNP
41 72 Jason Repko 2009 .149
42 71 Eric Patterson 2011 .228
43 71 Rob Johnson 2011 .201
44 71 Tim Raines 2008 .000 DNP
45 71 Kevin Frandsen 2010 .239
46 71 Miguel Negron 2011 .000 DNP
47 71 Alejandro De Aza 2012 .271
48 71 Shannon Stewart 2002 .277
49 71 Archie Gilbert 2012 .000 DNP
50 71 Luis Rivas 2008 .198
51 71 Reggie Willits 2009 .183
52 71 Alberto Gonzalez 2011 .214
53 71 Ty Wright 2013 .000 DNP
54 71 Mike Aviles 2009 .166
55 71 Jason Donald 2013 .000 DNP
56 70 Brett Gardner 2012 .294
57 70 Mike Fontenot 2008 .313
58 70 Elian Herrera 2013 .132
59 70 Xavier Paul 2013 .268
60 70 Mitch Maier 2010 .256
61 70 Roger Bernadina 2012 .284
62 70 Brandon Watson 2010 .000 DNP
63 70 Jason Bartlett 2008 .244
64 70 Michael Bourn 2011 .267
65 70 Hector Luna 2008 .642
66 70 J.R. Towles 2012 .000 DNP
67 70 Lew Ford 2005 .265
68 70 Jim Adduci 2013 .254
69 70 Brayan Pena 2010 .220
70 70 Rich Thompson 2007 .000 DNP
71 70 Lou Montanez 2010 .104
72 70 Mel Stocker 2009 .000 DNP
73 70 Wayne Lydon 2009 .000 DNP
74 70 Terry Tiffee 2007 .000 DNP
75 70 Omar Quintanilla 2010 .000 DNP
76 70 Clint Barmes 2007 .166
77 70 Ben Zobrist 2009 .317
78 70 Carl Loadenthal 2010 .000 DNP
79 70 Chris Duffy 2008 .000 DNP
80 69 Jordan Czarniecki 2009 .000 DNP
81 69 Luke Hughes 2013 .000 DNP
82 69 Tyler Graham 2012 .023
83 69 Bill Sample 1983 .279
84 69 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 .295
85 69 James Tomlin 2011 .000 DNP
86 69 Mike Paulk 2012 .000 DNP
87 69 Luis Polonia 1992 .252
88 69 Chris Getz 2012 .239
89 69 Brandon Roberts 2013 .000 DNP
90 69 Jeffrey Corsaletti 2011 .000 DNP
91 69 Jeff Salazar 2009 .083
92 69 Gene Richards 1982 .256
93 69 Chris Coghlan 2013 .263
94 69 Justin Turner 2013 .262
95 69 Buck Coats 2010 .000 DNP
96 69 David Murphy 2010 .280
97 69 Pete Orr 2007 .158
98 68 Choo Freeman 2008 .000 DNP
99 68 Jonathan Herrera 2013 .238
100 68 Nook Logan 2008 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .226 .282 .328 .229
11 vs R (Multi) .239 .303 .303 .225
18 Split (Multi) .013 .020 -.025 -.004
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .206 .270 .324 .217
31 vs R (2013) .197 .287 .254 .208
38 Split (2013) -.009 .017 -.070 -.009
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 After appearing in 215 games for the Rangers between 2009 and 2011, Borbon found himself so deep in Ron Washington’s doghouse last year that he spent the entire season barking at Triple-A Round Rock. Borbon lost Washington's favor because he couldn't do the "little things," such as get down bunts and avoid outs on the basepaths. An aggressive hitter who has walked at a measly 5 percent rate in the majors, Borbon is a tweener. He’s a natural gap-to-gap hitter with marginal power, which isn’t the best for utilizing his blazing speed. When he attempts to hit the ball on the ground, he too often becomes a front-foot hitter who struggles to make solid contact. He still has the raw talent to carve out a big-league career, but his next serious opportunity likely will come with another club.
2012 A catalytic player who has been anything but catalytic so far in his brief career, Borbon’s injury-plagued 2011 campaign has put his future with the team in doubt. Borbon looked to be the center fielder of the future, showing plus-plus speed, a good glove, and enough stick to hit for average and put pressure on opposing defenses. The reality is that Borbon’s approach at the plate has limited his function with the bat, and despite being a true 70 runner, Borbon’s speed on both sides of the ball hasn’t been enough to overcome other shortcomings in his skill set. With center fielder Leonys Martin already in the fold and other options at the position being explored, Borbon’s name might be on the back of another team’s jersey in the not-so-distant future.
2011 Borbon’s first full major-league season was a disappointment. He left his bat at the starting block, putting up a meager on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of 464 in April followed by another month of mediocrity in May. He started to put some offense together in June, driving the ball with more authority while continuing to showcase his impressive range in the outfield. However, he fell back to earth and struggled for the rest of the season, managing only five extra-base hits in the second half and losing his roster spot when the postseason arrived. As it stands now, the speedy center fielder needs to find another dimension to his offensive game or run the risk of being typecast as a slasher who won’t take a walk, putting him in a very exploitable box and lowering his ceiling substantially.
2010 Borbon's comparables suggest the differences between the happier expectations for what he'll be and what he more probably is. Seriously, Kenny Lofton and Jason Tyner? That's the difference between the leadoff man who was everywhere and the leadoff man who was never there, but that's the risk for Borbon. His defense in center should be fine, but the Rangers were downright tremulous when it came to working up the nerve to take a look at season's end. The more basic question is whether he'll get on base effectively enough to be a quality leadoff man; his walk rate in the minors was around six percent, but he's not terribly impatient. What's really going to dent his rates is that, even as a speed guy, his BABIP's going to come down a lot from last year's .360 clip in the majors. He and Andrus should give the club a running game Mike Scioscia should envy, but if he winds up with an OBP around that projection, he won't be an immediate solution to the club's underwhelming attack.
2009 Kind of the Elvis Andrus version of a center-field prospect, Julio Borbon has speed, defense, and the ability to hit for average, but he doesn't walk enough to be a leadoff man, and his power is limited.
2008 Borbon was considered by most to be the top pure center fielder coming out of college in last June's draft, which really just means that that last year's group of college center fielders stunk. Borbon has serious speed and an excellent feel for contact, but he hit just seven home runs in his college career, and his swing-at-anything approach prevents him from fitting in well as a leadoff man. Considered a late-first round talent, he dropped to 35th overall because teams shied away from dealing with his agent, Scott Boras. Boras was unable to secure a big bonus for his client, but nonetheless got him a big-league deal that put him on the 40-man roster.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Leonys Martin, and do you think he will make an impact (defense and speed, specifically) on the Texas lineup? If so, what happens to Julio Borbon?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
I think Martin is going to be a very good player. Does anyone actually care what happens to Julio Borbon (aside from Mrs. Borbon, if there is one)? (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Leonys Martin? Are the Rangers any closer to signing him and where would they likely send him? And what do you think about his bat as there are varying opinions on it.
(chadham from Austin, TX)
The deal should get done, but there's always some legal hurdles with these kind of deal. Good run, good CF, good bat. Think Julio Borbon with a good approach. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Appreciate your work Ben. What do you make of the OF situation in Texas? Julio Borbon surely isn't an everyday player in this league. Are they crazy for not getting David Murphy 500+ at bats?
(batch1nyy from Ft. Worth)
I wouldn't get too excited about David Murphy in an outfield corner, and I'm not sure how realistic an option Murphy in center would be. He's probably a better fit as a fourth outfielder. Of course, Borbon is probably a better fit as a Triple-A outfielder, so you have a point. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible for BP to install alarms around your Transaction Analysis columns? So, for instance, if you type in words I'm dying to hear like "Texas Rangers: Optioned OF Julio Borbon to AAA Round Rock; Recalled OF Vic Harris", I could get them on my Blackberry?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
I don't know about alarms, but we do have RSS feeds. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these speed options: Rajai Davis, Julio Borbon, Michael Brantley, Brett Gardner. Thanks!
(Pat from NJ)
Fantasy: Borbon, Davis, Brantley, Gardner -- based purely on playing time. Real life 2010 (if I was picking guys for my team): Borbon, Gardner, Davis, Brantley. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen Julio Borbon yet? If so, how good does he look to you?
(Jasper the Cat from Sitting in the sunshine)
I have not seen Borbon but people who have think he'll be OK as the leadoff hitter. Not great but OK. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you help me choose a one keepers from this list: Jason Bay $12, Josh Hamilton $6, Rafael Soriano $4, Julio Borbon $4. Thanks.
(hhbliss from san francisco )
How did you get all of those guys at those prices? $12 is a steal for Bay. Hamilton's price is also awesome, but if he doesn't bounce back you'll regret not taking Bay. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a 'meh' outfielder is Kubel as your third OF if the alternatives are BJ Upton, Chris B. Young, Julio Borbon, and maybe Jason Heyward if he lights the world on fire.
(Aaron from YYZ)
B.J. UPTON! There is no other choice. Upton's a four-star guy who, if he rebounds as much as I think he can, could be potentially a fiver. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Steven, thanks to you & staff for the great book, and thanks for the chat... Would you rather have 1)Nick Johnson & Desmond Jennings (or Ackley) OR 2)Chris Davis, Julio Borbon & Tim Alderson?
(APBA player from wondering land)
I like the first choice, definitely, especially if you're going long enough to give Jennings a chance to get into the lineup. I'm hopeful for Davis, a little worried that Borbon will not hit .300 again, and Alderson just skeptical of. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Evan Grant has been reporting that the Texas Rangers should (will?) resign Marlon Byrd, Trade Nelson Cruz, and platoon Julio Borbon and Ivan Rodriguez in the DH slot. Doesn't that sound to you more like a recipe for exactly what they SHOULDN'T do?
(Ira from North Texas)
Ivan Rodriguez has no business on this team next year. Taylor Teagarden is basically that guy if you just want to go defense behind the plate, and you'd be insane to DH I-Rod. Trade Cruz to make room for him and Byrd? What the hell? Is this Billy Beane's plan for the Rangers? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Julio Borbon going to be a solid lead off man for Texas next year?
(stewbies from rochester)
Solid? sure. Spectacular? doubtful. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)Quien es mas macho: Julio Borbon o Gerardo Parra? Por que?
(Felipe De Jesus Calderon Hinojosa from Mexico City, MX)
Borbón, porque es más rápido y puede jugar en el medio. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Julio Borbon's defense -- gold glove caliber? Enough above-average to carry what will probably be a sub-par (even for a CF'er) bat? Overrated? Average?
(XXX from YYY)
Gold Glove is pushing it. He's a good in center for sure, but not elite. Also, his arm is pretty weak. He has a weird set of skills. Can hit, can run, but doesn't have a leadoff man approach. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Julio Borbon? He seems to be doing fairly good at the AA level in the Rangers system. thx
(uptick from st. louis, mo)
For me, he's pretty much Elvis Andrus in center field. Good average, good defense, lot's of speed, no power, no walks. I don't know what to do with that really (and now to sound like the sheriff in No Country For Old Men), I surely don't. (Kevin Goldstein)


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