I'm worried about Stubbs hitting .240 in A ball. Dunn hit .304 throughout his minor league career.
And Chris Denorfia hit .236 in full-time play at high A in 2003, at the age of 23. He had 106 Ks vs 54 BBs.
With all the talk about how Denorfia should play center because of his decent OPS projection and plus defense, you'd think there would be a better appreciation of Stubbs' strengths as a CF prospect.
Anybody can draw this-player-here vs that-player-there comparisons to make their point -- just like you can look back at just about every draftee ever and find players who were selected later who end up with better careers (that's the baseball draft, folks). But, in some important respect, every player is unique and will forge a path that no other has taken, certainly augmented by his particular style of play. That's kind of what I get focused on once a player enters the Reds system, and Stubbs remains for me a very interesting prospect based on his plus power, plus speed and plus defense, combined with solid plate discipline. My take all along is that he was a safe pick, with the only downside risk being that his offense could tank precipitously and affect his whole game. Hasn't happened yet, in my book.