I'm not even confident that he can turn into a .300 OBP hitter.
I think this is a key strategic[FONT=Verdana] question. Here's a post I shared in another forum, related to Aaron Hick's 2013 OBP. [/FONT]It may produce more fruitful conversation here:
"There's a lot of talk here about Hicks, but how about Florimon too? Perhaps we could see a statistical improvement in on-base percentage similar to Dozier's sophomore season:
*Florimon had 160 MLB plate appearances in 2011-12)
Dozier's OBP climbed 41 points between his 1st and 2nd full seasons with the Twins (his slugging percentage also climbed 82 points). It may be unrealistic for both Florimon and Hicks' OBP to climb over .300 OBP in their second full MLB seasons, but even a modest increase should tilt the balance toward more overall runs scored.
Also, factor the uptick both Hicks and Florimon bring in the field over/against all of the other available options. We want these guys in the field. Now if they can only reach base..."
I really appreciated Reider's points about watching Florimon, and what his glove brings to the game. But I wonder about a SS who posted a .321 OBP for his minor league career.
However, Greg Gagne's career MLB OBP is .302 and Christian Guzman's OBP didn't climb above .300 until his third year with the Twins (.269 & .299 in 1999 & 2000) so there is a precedent in the Twins organization for playing shortstops with below-average offense in favor of above-average defense.