Originally Posted by TRF
At age 20? Since he never dominated a single level before that, and his OBP was almost completely hit driven? Yep. 11 BB's in over 300 AB's? Yep. A sub .400 SLG? Yep.
Sarasota bound for me. In 400 AB's at low A he had a sub .300 OBP.
Hell yes I'd have him repeat High A. You wouldn't?
You are expecting someone to develop power with a body that isn't likely to develop power, even if he plays in High A the rest of his life. There is absolutely no reason to make a dude repeat a level because his .360+ OBP was hit driven because he hit .318. He is a shortstop, not a first baseman. Its also the FSL. Lots of peoples slugging percentages dip big time in that league.
As for his low A stuff.... last year the Mets let him go back to switch hitting, which they took him away from. It paid off BIG time for him.
He went from hitting .217 against RHP (in nearly all of his time in Low A) last year to hitting .333 this year versus RHP. The difference.... last year he was a righty versus them, this year he was a lefty and he hit them pretty well. He isn't likely to develop much power, so holding him back because of a lack of power makes no sense. As for his walk rate, well, he is a slap hitting guy with no power to speak of.... why wouldn't guys throw him strikes?
Seriously, there is no way you make a guy repeat a level after hitting .318 there.