Re: Dave Sappelt and Devin Mesoraco make Baseball America's Top 20 Southern Lg list
Ok, lets go with scouting then. You say he has a better approach. At the age of 20, Justin Upton expanded his zone less than Mike Stanton at age 20. He did so by a large margin. Certainly approach is a little more than expanding/knowing the strikezone, but it certainly starts there and that is certainly the biggest part of it. I just can't see making the argument that Stanton has better plate discipline than Upton does now or even at age 20 given what we know. Stanton chases pitches outside of the zone 33% more than Upton did at the same age.
Take a look at how much progress Upton has shown since the point in time at which you are isolating his performance. What I am saying is this -- I like Stanton's approach -- and I don't use this term the same way you do (check my my first post on this) -- to allow him to get better pretty quickly. My guess is that his trajectory in seasons 2 and 3 will outstrip Upton's and eventually catapault him into being one of the best players in the league.
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