Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
We'll agree to disagree that .274 with 2 HRs is "hitting fairly well" for a first-round draft pick playing in high A ball two years removed from the draft. Oh yeah, and he was a three-year college player. If Stubbs was putting up these numbers at AAA then I could buy what you are selling. As is, he is far behind schedule and shouldn't be counted on for anything until he proves he can play well at high A and beyond. At some point I want to stop hearing about tools and start hearing about production from Drew Stubbs. I think it's great he walks a lot (.370 OBP is solid), is a good baserunner (17 steals, 4 CS) and a good defender. But the kid can't hit a lick. And if he's just a so-so hitter at high-A ball at this age, he is really going to be a bad hitter in the Majors. I hope he proves me wrong because I would love to see the Reds have a good RHH OF just for depth if nothing else.
Stubbs has 54 Ks in 179 at bats. You can get away with a lot of Ks if you produce like Adam Dunn. When you don't provide huge power numbers, you have to make better contact. Everybody got excited about Stubbs' hitting when he choked up on the bat at the end of last year. But you have to be concerned with this year's performance so far.
On the same team, Juan Francisco is generally disfavored around here because he doesn't walk, and it is a big issue with him. But he's two and a half years younger, produces much more, and strikes out less. Who's the better prospect?