Originally Posted by RedsFanatic
I don't understand why all of you are giving up on him and already saying "I told you so" in regard to the Reds drafting of Stubbs. No one in this draft was ready for the major leagues when they were drafted. They all have something they need to develop. For Stubbs, unfortunatley it is his bat. Don't throw him out the window because he has had a subpar start.
Miguel Cabrera in rookie ball: AVG: .260 HR 2 RBI 22 SLG .352 OBP .344 in 57 games. Granted he was 17 years old at the time, but he was considered a phenom. Just because they struggle in a small sample size doesn't mean they always have to struggle.
actually, I'm quite happy that Stubbs came in and took some walks and hasn't struck out at an alarming pace. I remember when Dane Sardinha showed up and didn't draw a walk in his first 80 appearances. He immediately became easy to project, and he hasn't gone against that projection by hitting.
Billings is in a league of fastballs and bad curveballs. Stubbs should rake. Even Mike Frank raked in Billings. If Stubbs does rake, then there's a chance for him. But if he doesn't, then given his age, there's probably not much chance for him to make a major league impact-- more likely he'd project to a late-inning defender. A lot of games are still left, and I'm pulling for him.