Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I don't know how you classify the following statlines as anything OTHER than mediocre:
ROOKIE: .219 / .310 / .270
A: .261 / .311 / .399
A+: .228 / .311 / .381
Those are bad numbers -- plain, flat-out, bad. You can spin it any way you like, but Mesoraco wasn't making good contact, he wasn't hitting for power, and he generally wasn't getting on base (though, in his defense, he was remarkably consistent in his inability to get on base, given that his OBP hasn't differed by more than a point since he turned professional).
You can talk about peripherals all you want, but Mez has, thus far, not gotten the job done at any level he's played.
Actually, what he did in both A and A+ given his age and the leagues, was about average. Now if you want to say 'he should be better than average given his draft spot', then that has some merit. But just compared to his other age comps at those same exact level/leagues, he was right in line with what you typically see.