I don't see plus plus defense in CF as his only value. I also don't see his true value reflected by the sum of his stat totals so far. Not even close. I don't think the team, or his teammates do, either. Plus, it is to early to assign too much of anything to this injury, as we don't know what it is yet.
I completely agree with this.
He’s not Billy Hamilton for crying out loud. Some want you to think that. He was the number 1 prospect in all of baseball being compared to Mike Trout in AA a few years ago....lets take a deep breath.
We saw him absolutely crush the ball in the fall of 2017 (which worked him into the top 20 in MVP voting). We saw him hit the ball very well last year (.827 OPS, 114 OPS+, .513 slugging, 10 HR, 14 SB, 48 runs, 46 RBI, and led the league in doubles for a significant portion of around 300 plate appearances). Between that time he’s been injured, had his approach screwed with by coaches, etc. When he’s on base, he’s a nightmare. Any opposing pitcher will tell you that. He’s already shown his value offensively at the major league level.
I get people are frustrated with injuries, but some of the statements made are just ridiculous. He has zero value offensively? Nobody that follows the Twins and knows baseball can legitimately believe that’s true. If so, you haven’t looked at the stats. In 2016 he put up 1.5 oWAR in 330 PAs, in 2017 2.7 oWAR in 511 PAs, in 2019 2.1 WAR in 295 PAs. His only negative or neutral value oWAR seasons were 2015 (-0.2 in 138 PAs) and 2018 (-0.6 in 94 PAs). Offensive runs above replacement? -2 in 2015, 15 in 2016, 27 in 2017, -5 in 2018, 21 in 2019 (relate to PAs above). Clearly, a valuable offensive player when in the field. Borderline All-Star offensive player in CF for multiple years extrapolating over full seasons, with no consideration to defense at all.
We saw the same thing regarding Sano. Very few rational fans were still giving the guy a shot after injury plagued seasons.