Originally Posted by dougdirt
Jojo, I know all about Milledge...he is a good hitter. I cant argue that, but my whole thing is that he isnt a top hitting prospect....he is in that second tier in my mind, becuase of his lack of power (sure his home parks have been bad, but the guy hit 0 HR at home, in 157 at bats you would think he would have had 1 if he had real power and not Sean Casey type power where it gets 5 feet over the fence).
There is way more to being a top hitting prospect than simple raw power. Good hitters develop power.
Here's another way to frame the argument that Milledge is one of the top hitting prospects around....
Milledge's park-adjusted season totals in context with the park-adjusted league averages in '06:
.296/.410/.464 OPS: .874
.259/.326/.390 OPS: .716
Considering that comparison, he's clearly a top hitting prospect-he was head and shoulders above most everyone else in a pitchers league...
Now consider this comparison:
Milledge's park adjusted IL '06:
major league positional average:
'06 LF: .276/.348/.456
'06 CF: .267/.332/.425
'06 RF: .277/.345/.458
Since 1 pt of OBP is worth roughly 3 pts of SLG, you can see how valuable a hitter that Milledge has the potential to be.... Heck, as shown in a previous post, Pecota projects him to be better than league average offensively in the majors at any outfield position while playing in a pitchers park in '07....at the tender age of 22. The pool of minor leaguers with that distinction is not very big.
Anyway, thats just my humble opinion on Milledge...