Originally Posted by membengal
OK, I'll play:
His OBP will stand up as he faces better pitchers and refines his batting eye further.
Here's what's fun: who knows who is right or wrong? Only time will tell. But there is no way that he is a bust at this point, no more so than he is a certain all-star at this point. He remains an unknown. And, frankly, as much an unknown as other guys like him were at the same points of development. Ellsbury. Maybin. Mateo. Whothe-h-ever you want to put in. But what we know for sure is that he has not bombed out at this point, and, in fact, has made strides.
I continue to roll my eyes at the excessive doom-saying with regard to Stubbs. We won't know until we see more. What is the rush to shovel dirt on him? Just to be the first cool kid to say I-was-right-back-in-the-day?
Gosh, this IS fun! Why the rush to homer what is obviously a disappointing 1st rd. pick? He can't hit good pitches in the low minors. His "refined" batting eye won't help him make any more contact. He's not a good "hitter". period. he might be a decent "batter" in that he can lay off a bad pitch, but he's eerily similar to Dunn in that he has contact issues on pitches within the zone. The difference being Dunn at the same level had a better eye and the benefit of monster power.
Guys like you and doug kill me. It's actually ok to point out that Stubbs was a bad pick, and that though he has SOMEWHAT progressed (IMO even that is in doubt) he hasn't progressed to nearly what his slot says he should have by now. Younger guys taken in later rounds and drafts are passing him by. Frazier, Dorn and Valaika in the Reds system alone.