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Jones v Tabata

I was just curious if there was anybody out there who beleives that Jose Tabata has more overall value than Garrett Jones? I know that Jones is a disaster v lefties and a below average defensive firstbasemen, but when used correctly (strictly against righties and primarily in right field), my eyes tell me from watching every game live that Jones can be at least a semi-valuable player. Tabata seems to be a guy that many want to continue to be patient with, but I just don't see much value even if he does break out of this horriffic slump.

Despite his penchant for turning over on the ball and dribbling weak grounders harmlessly to first, Jones has undeniable power, which is something the entire organization sorely lacks. His power is a differentiator to me, and throughout his minor league career and now in the last 3-4 years in the Majors, Jones has shown he can hit the ball over the fence while not letting his average fall much below .250 or so.

I just don't see a single differentiating skill that Tabata brings to the table that makes him anymore than a 4th outfielder. Does anyone else? His body type - as many have pointed out even last year - does not lead to continued success swiping bases despite his success in that department last year. Despite his thick forearms and the appearence that he could develop more power as he matured - he flat out hasn't. His stubborn obesession with hitting the ball the other way has resulted in pitcher's continually jamming him and him subsequently grounding out to second more than any player in the majors (just a guess of course).

I know it's kind of arbitrary to make it Jones v Tabata, but I've heard some posters dismiss Jones as having minimal value while preaching patience with Tabata. And frankly, it blows my mind. Is there anyone who has actually watched most of the games (not just checked out the boxscores and read Charlie's recaps), who would take Tabata over Jones if hypothetically you had to cut one and keep the other?

I really hope that going forward, Pressly and Tabata platoon in left, and Jones and Harrison platoon in right. It's not ideal, but it's better to me than trotting Tabata out there nearly every day. I'm to the point now that I honestly believe that Tabata has about the same value as Harrison. I know that advanced metrics over the course of their careers would indicate I'm crazy, but watching them both play this year - give me J-Hey over Jose.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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