Re: Your pick for 2012 breakout player of the year
Lots of love on here for Duran. Interesting player. Dave Kingman power, offensive numbers this year really improved. Improving as a hitter, no doubt. But creates big innings for the opponent with his mishaps in left field. Not a player who puts in the work to get better. Was taken out of many games for not hustling.
One of those players that, depending on what night you see him, can leave wildly different impressions. A recent comment by a scout to me (guy who spent over 10 years in the big leagues including time with the Reds but no longer with the Reds):
"He was missing every slider by a foot. A guy like that is never going to get to Double-A."
He will get to Double-A simply because of the amount of money invested in him. Good kid. Will he develop hunger to get better or will he be satisfied with the $2 million he already has? Comparisons to Adam Dunn or Wily Mo Pena, but lacks the athletic ability of those players. Very uncoordinated, maybe due to late growth.
Lutz is twice the player. Lutz is older but improving rapidly due to lack of previous experience growing up in Germany. Not sure why Lutz does not get more attention. All he did was hit .301 with 20 jacks. No Dragons player had done that since Austin Kearns 11 years ago.