Originally Posted by Kc61
I'll take my chances with a 23 year old pitcher with AA experience that BA said was the Reds number 13 prospect last year. I tend not to discount a guy too much because of one injured season.
The odds of a Low A ball shortstop with a .665 OPS amounting to a major league regular are pretty hefty.
Of course BA also ranked Smith #13 as a starter. Now that the organization is looking at him as a reliever his status is most certainly in the opposite direction even without the injury and lack of performance, no?
Rojas just needs to add a little more pop. He probably won't ever hit 10 HR's in a season, but if he can hit 25 doubles and 5 HR he can probably start every day and provide good value as long his plate discipline remains similar to what its at now. Here is what I projected him out at with some quick math if he can add just a little pop over the next few years:
PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB K SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG BABIP
600 542 155 25 5 5 40 50 10 3 5 .286 .339 .378 .306
If he can come close to that offensive line, and I believe he can, then he will be plenty valuable given how good his defense is.