SABR Matt, on Mar 7 2008, 11:51 PM, said:
Fukudome is a freakin' stud. He runs almost as well as Ichiro, throws BETTER than Ichiro, and has power unlike anything Ichiro could imagine. He's going to be the best position player to come from Japan IMHO. Even over Ichiro.
I'm not ready to annoint him the best from Japan, but he's going to be a darn good player.
He runs the bases well and looks good in the OF. His arm doesn't look that great, but he also didn't have any opportunities to really throw under duress. No need to throw a screamer if there's no one on base.
He has a quick, smooth, compact swing. He seems to have decent patience, makes solid contact when he swings and ball jumps sharply off his bat. He won't have the power of Hideki Matsui, but he'll have more than Ichiro. I wouldn't be surprised to see him hit ~20 HR per year, especially in the NL.
He would have been an improvement over Wilkerson in RF or Ibanez in LF. Oh well. I wish him well in Chicago.