Who you got? Mike Cameron or Tony Gwynn (Jr)?
For me, it’s Cameron all the way. Apparently, the Brew Crew agree.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Tom Haudricort hit it right on the head when he wrote…
“Cameron has his offensive shortcomings, such as striking out too often (160 times in 571 at-bats in 2007 with San Diego). But he also has pop in his bat, is a run-producer, runs the bases well and has a career on-base percentage of .341.”
From a fantasy perspective, this is all you need to know about comparing these two players. Cameron does strike out a lot. Across the board, however, the guy is hands down better than Gwynn. He’s going to miss the first 25 games of the year and will likely spend time on the DL for something lame.
However, if I’m going to choose a second CF for my squad, or I’m simply looking for the best player available in one of the last rounds, there are worse players to take than Cameron.
If he can stay healthy and fights off the rust of missing 25 games quickly, Cameron could put together a nice season in ’08. He’ll likely be near the top of the order, and anyone who has Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun batting behind them is going to see pitches.
Only in deep, CF-required leagues (or NL-only leagues) would I call Cameron a fantasy starter, but the guy is definitely worth a late round flier on draft day in just about any league.
He also typically peaks during the 2nd half of the season. In ’08, he will definitely make a solid fill-in on travel days and should be a solid replacement for any slumping OF in the second half of the year.