Mike Jacobs is 12th-best

By Jason Wojciechowski on October 30, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Drayton Moore on the newly acquired Mike Jacobs: "Obviously we like him a lot. He was among the top hitters in all of baseball last year, I think ranking 11th or 12th."

Ok, what? On what possible scale did Jacobs rank 11th or 12th? What stat could Moore be talking about? Jacobs was 129th in batting average, 142nd in on-base percentage, 30th in slugging, 67th in OPS, 22nd in homers, 153rd in hits, 112th in doubles. Advanced stats? His .273 EqA doesn't put him anywhere near the top-30, and his VORP ranked 133rd. In short, Jacobs is a good power hitter, but he makes way too many outs to be regarded as the 11th or 12th-best anything.

I cannot fathom this. The only explanation I can think of is that Moore thought he traded for Brandon Jacobs, who most certainly is a top hitter, if in a different sense.

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