Originally Posted by SMcGavin
You're right about Hairston, but to be fair Nix's career numbers are even worse.
While that's true, roughly 780 of his 900 career major league atbats came between ages 22-24. Some guys just aren't ready to play in the majors at that age. Nix spent all of 2002 in High-A, began 2003 in Double-A where he posted an .831 OPS in 375 atbats, and then he was promoted straight to the majors. He also suffered a major shoulder injury in 2005 and was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. Guys like Ryan Ludwick and Nelson Cruz were miserable in their first few big league seasons too.