Tyler Colvin is the new young player everybody likes and Alfonso Soriano is the aging left fielder who is still having a productive season. You wouldn't think they would be similar players but they are.
This is Strikeout Rate
This is Walk Rate
This is OBP
This is SLG
This is AVG
This is ISO
This is a pretty small sample size for Colvin but still it shows how similar these players are.
Yep Alfonso Soriano and Tyler Colvin are the same exact player. Yes Colvin's numbers aren't exactly like Soriano's numbers but they are both pretty similar: both strikeout a ton, they don't walk, they hit for power, and are not adept at getting on base.
That's not to say those players aren't good. Colvin and Soriano have been huge bright spots this season. Colvin is a better defender but they still are basically the same player.
This begs the question why in gods name is Colvin leading off? People got fed up with Soriano leading off so why aren't people mad now?
I really don't understand why Colvin leading off is all right with people but Soriano leading off is a bad idea (actually both leading off are bad ideas)
Think about how many more runs that Cubs would score with Colvin and Soriano in the middle of the order.
Hopefully next year Tyler will be the middle of the order. His power is just too good to keep in the leadoff spot.