Originally Posted by princeton
I guess that you didn't mean top 15 rounds
ED's first season isn't much different than DM's 2007 season. Similarities, in fact, are rather eerie. Same BA, same slugging percentage, same BB:K ratio. Davis walked more, struck out more. Today's Northwest League has older players than the Florida rookie league but I couldn't tell you how it was in 1980. ED was a little younger than DM, and probably had experienced a lower level of competition (other than Daryl Strawberry, of course)
two interesting notes: first, Reds decided to move ED to a new position after his horrible year. He went from SS to OFer even though he hit like a bad SS. Gutsy move. second, Reds reportedly considered cutting Davis after 1980, in spite of his speed, even in the Go-Go-'80's.
I assume that there are no thoughts of cutting DM or switching his position...
speaking of which, I've often wondered if it's a better developmental approach for a good defensive catcher to concentrate on advancing his hitting by working for a year or two strictly as a first baseman. I imagine that being a good defensive catcher is like riding a bike-- you can go back to it. Mesoraco, in fact, didn't catch during his junior year, but was rated a fine defender during his senior season. I got this idea while watching Dane Sardinha hit.
Good point about ED and his start to the pros. I was going to say that ED was 18 during his second pro year - he was a young draftee.
I agree with you about catchers. But my opinion is that it not easy but such a hard position (other than for Joe Mauer) to master that I wonder if it commands so much physical effort and mental concentration on the defensive aspect that it deleteriously affects the offense of young catchers.