I couldn’t keep myself from chuckling at these quotes in Todd Rosiak’s latest article for the Journal Sentinel.
He [Betancourt] was one of the Brewers’ most polarizing players, frustrating management as well as fans with his undisciplined approach at the plate and lack of range in the field.
At the same time, Betancourt was one of the Brewers’ best hitters in the postseason with a .310 average and six RBI. He also enjoyed a red-hot streak coming out of the all-star break in which he raised his average to .270 by mid-August before skidding down the stretch.
Bolded emphasis is mine. As far as I can tell, Betancourt has two huge things going for him which make him Giants-eligible; 1) poor plate approach and lack of defensive range, and 2) he was red-hot in the playoffs. We all know that judging players through the super small sample sized lens of the playoffs is the best way to evaluate talent. Yunkiesy Betancoucrt has been there before, and when he was there, he hit .310. On the defensive side of the ball, FanGraphs’ UZR has Betancourt at a career -48.8 runs below average at shortstop in approximately 8,000 innings played.
Search your soul. This is happening.