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Brewers GM thinks Yuniesky Betancourt is underrated

Oct 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

Yuniesky Betancourt was horrible this season, batting .252 with a .271 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage to go along with his increasingly range-less defense at shortstop.

Alex Gonzalez was the only player in baseball to accumulate more plate appearances than Betancourt with a lower on-base percentage and only five players batted more often with a lower OPS.

Wins Above Replacement, which attempts to quantify a player’s all-around contributions offensively and defensively, pegged Betancourt as the fifth-worst regular in the entire National League.

Yet with the Brewers holding a $6 million option or $2 million buyout on Betancourt for next season general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “I thought Yuni Betancourt was a better player than what the critics said.”

Those “critics” have followed Betancourt from Seattle to Kansas City to Milwaukee, and their opinion somehow ends up being the same at every stop. And my guess is when it comes time to decide on that $6 million option Melvin won’t be putting his money where his mouth is.

  1. easports82 - Oct 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Does Melvin spend a lot of time in the Brewers clubhouse? If so, this supports Torre’s case for banning alcohol.

  2. 78mu - Oct 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, this warms my heart. I was afraid the Brewers would try to upgrade SS.

  3. Kyle - Oct 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Oh man, this is hilarious.

  4. ScubaXsniper - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    As a Brewers fan, I thought we were going to upgrade at the deadline. That upgrade was supposed to be Furcal. Since he’s been in Stl, he has torched us. Furcal makes difficult plays look routine, while Betancourt makes the routine plays spectacular because he has awful range. #IWantFurcal

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