Re: Drew Stubbs
The argument that I was trying to make with the Howard comparison is that it took a 21 yr old "phenom" if you will, somewhere in the neighborhood of 750-800 PA's for his #'s to improve. Both his BA and Slg% jumped approximately 20 pts each after that #.
My whole argument is let the kid play and have his time like anyone else. If his #'s haven't improved within the next 300 AB's or so then perhaps it's time to start to worry that he will never "get it". But I just think it's a tad premature regardless of his age. He came in with the issue, so he inevitably was going to struggle. Did everyone think he was magically going to turn it around within a season of getting minor league instruction? Perhaps a little longer is necc. based on Howards #'s. It certainly couldn't hurt, besides he has been showing something lately FWIW.