Originally Posted by Betterread
Do people on this board seriously think that Duran and Barnhart are better than David Vidal?
Duran, probably not. Barnhart, probably so.
Vidal has (a lot) more power than Barnhart. I'm most impressed by his doubles last year (37) on top of his 20 HR. Word is that he is an excellent third baseman but in terms of makeup is still a work in progress.
Their batting average and on-base skills are very similar. Vidal strikes out more.
Vidal is a year-plus older, and they played last year at the same level.
Barnhart plays a premium position and plays it (according to the laurels) better than anyone else in the minor leagues.
And his makeup is reputed to be state of the art.