Yutaka Fukumoto Position: Center Field
games at bats runs hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG HOF Stds
2931 10667 1739 2860 511 246 147 928 1065 .268 .351 .403 54
He might well have had less stolen bases in the majors, but he is so far over the level at which his steals stop adding to his HOF standards score that he would surely have had enough to reach this score. He won a bushelful of Gold Gloves, so he's another guy who I think there is more than enough evidence he would have been at least an adequate center fielder at the major league level. He was a champion as well
A review of his list of top comparables isnít as favorable as I once thought. The list has six current HOFers in Lou Brock, Max Carey, Brooks Robinson, Harry Hooper, Rickey Henderson and Sam Crawford. Tim Raines and Vada Pinson finished in the top ten in BBWAA voting for Cooperstown. The remaining two names on the list are Willie Davis and Bill Buckner. On one hand, the guys who aren't in the Hall all have less than Fukumoto's projected career hit total of 2860. Further, at least two of them (Raines and Buckner) were not as valuable defensively as Fukumoto would have been in the majors. Raines, Henderson and Crawford best him at the plate, but otherwise he holds his own even in this distinguished company. He fits nicely between his best two comparables, HOFers Brock and Careyóand thatís a problem for me, as Iíve come to supporting neither of those two--and I also don't like the cases of Hooper or Vinson. I also have some questions about his ability to hold a job, as he projects to have some .250 BA (and under IIRC) years. I've got to pass on him.