I haven't seen any sort of analysis or opinions of Josh Wilson yet. I'm not a huge game thread guy so maybe it's been talked about in there, but I was wondering what the general opinion is of him? At this point he's appeared in 11 more games and has 56 more at bats than Jack Wilson and is (offensively) outperforming him in every category. Before Jack left he was hitting .257/.278/.351 which small sample size withstanding is about what I'd expect from him over the course of a year. Josh is playing an acceptable defensive game from my opinion (UZR of 1.3 currently) so I'm wondering... when Jack comes back does he boot Josh back to the bench or is Jack a defensive replacement and occasional starter?
On looking into the future, obviously there are better SS out there, but if Josh can perform at approximately a .300/.350/.400 line for the rest of the year is he a sustainable option for 2011? Do you guys expect him to come plummeting back down to replacement level by years end or has the consistent playing time turned him into a legitimate big league player? Obviously at age 29 he's leaving what's considered to be his "prime" years, but he wouldn't be the first late bloomer in history (Rick Ankiel and Carlos Pena come to mind as successful players who didn't get starting gigs until around age 28).
Obviously I'm on the fence about the future of The Paperboy, so I thought maybe by getting a conversation going here maybe someone call pull me off the fence onto either side of the lawn.