Originally Posted by Benihana
But like I said, he turns 24 this year (who cares if it's during the baseball season or not?)
I don't see how he's any better than Drew Stubbs, and I do see how he could be significantly worse (less power and good but not as good D). This (his age 23 season) is the year Stubbs put it all together and shot through the system, finishing with an .834 OPS in AAA. I think we need to see that kind of year out of LaMarre in order to start planning for a real future in Cincy, otherwise he looks like bench fodder to me.
Outside of just being a plus speed guy, can you tell me the difference between the MLB projections for Billy Hamilton and Ryan LaMarre, both in CF since you think that is where he will wind up, that makes such an enormous gap between the two players? Don't get me wrong, I have Hamilton higher than LaMarre, but I don't think the difference between where the two could wind up is all that different. Hamilton will have more steals and more range in CF, while LaMarre will have more power at the plate and a much better arm in the outfield. Everything else they do looks very similar to me. You have one guy as the best prospect we have and the other fighting to be bench fodder.
As for the Drew Stubbs comparison.... he had a hot 3 weeks to end the season in Louisville which culminated his season with a .788 OPS over three levels.