I was recently asked to compare Coco Crisp and Melky Cabrera. So, here goes…
Coco is 28-years old whereas Cabrera is 23-years old.
Both are switch-hitting center-fielders.
In terms of batting splits, both seem to be about even when facing LHP and RHP, compared to their overall numbers – although Cabrera’s power takes a small hit when batting against LHP. (But, that could be a ballpark factor too.)
Right now, Melky is a .275/.340./.390 batter.
And, presently, Coco is a .265/.330/.385 batter.
That’s pretty close.
If I had to label it, I would suggest that Coco is a true “Gold Glove” center-fielder whereas Melky is a “Gold Glove” left- or right-fielder who is presently playing center-field.
In his last 6 seasons in the minors, Crisp batted .299/.372/.411.
In his last 4 seasons in the minors, Cabrera batted .294/.344/.422.
Again, that’s pretty close. So, where I want to say “Based on his numbers in the minors, and his age, Melky has the potential to get better with the bat in the bigs – more so than Coco who is older…,” in reality, Crisp batted like Cabrera in the minors and he didn’t get better in the majors with time…so, who can say for sure that Melky can get better?
Into sabermetrics? Check out Melky vs. Coco over the last two seasons:
PLAYER OWP SEC ISO BPA RC/G Melky Cabrera .462 .238 .114 .435 4.66 Coco Crisp .417 .257 .117 .453 4.46
Again, it’s real close.
If you had to pick between these two, now, it’s a matter of what’s more important to you: Range in the outfield against five years of age? Because, in the end, perhaps the only difference between these two are that Coco has more range and Melky is 5 years younger.
Well, that, and the fact that I really like Melky and find Coco to be annoying – but, that could be a uniform factor too.