Originally Posted by Kc61
Project as you wish, but Low A Midwest League tends to be a good place to hit and Rojas was at .665 OPS. At Billings in 2008, Rojas hit .183 BA in 228 plate appearances.
And you and I have very different views of relief pitchers. If Smith winds up in the pen, he'll be an asset there with his ground ball tendencies, few walks allowed, and low WHIP. And he'll eat innings too as a former starter, if that's what happens.
Me thinks you are mistaken if you believe the Midwest League is a good place to hit. The Midwest League is considered a pitchers league. The league average line last season was .259/.329/.373 (.256/.322/.371 the year before) with an average hitter age of 21.6. Rojas had a terrible April, but made big adjustments and hit .294/.350/.368 from May through the end of the year. The average 20 year old hit .251/.321/.361 last season in the MWL.
Rojas sucked in 2008 at the plate. He also drastically strikeout rate that he almost cut in half, while also slightly improving his walk rate. Like noted in my previous post, if his plate discipline stays similar to what it was this year, he will be fine if he can add just a little more pop moving forward which isn't difficult to see as right now he is a 20 year old that weighs 160 pounds.